The History of the United States of America [3 volumes, but bound without 2nd half of published vol. 3]. William H. Bartlett, B. B. Woodward.
The History of the United States of America [3 volumes, but bound without 2nd half of published vol. 3]
The History of the United States of America [3 volumes, but bound without 2nd half of published vol. 3]
The History of the United States of America [3 volumes, but bound without 2nd half of published vol. 3]
The History of the United States of America [3 volumes, but bound without 2nd half of published vol. 3]

The History of the United States of America [3 volumes, but bound without 2nd half of published vol. 3]

London / New York: George Virtue, 1856. Hardcover. 3 volumes: vol. 1: 576 p., frontispiece, engraved title page, 1 hand-colored map (folded), 1 facsimile (folded), 19 additional leaves of plates; vol. 2: 577-698, 448 p., 24 leaves of plates; vol. 3: 449-720, 304 p., 20 leaves of plates; 26 cm. Contemporary half dark green morocco with five spine compartments between raised bands. Gilt-tooled title in the second compartment. Marbled paper over boards. All page edges speckled. Marbled endpapers. Small bookbinder's label on each front fixed endpaper for B. Kohler, job and fancy bookbinder, Norristown. William Henry Bartlett (1809-1854) published view books of Europe, Central America and the East; he also toured the United States four times. The views produced in earlier visits were published in 1840 as American Scenery, with text by Nathaniel P. Willis. Bartlett died on board ship returning from the Orient in 1854. His History of the United States of North America, published posthumously, was illustrated with full-page steel-engraved plates, most based on his views. Bartlett had written only the first three sections of the first volume; the majority of the text was written by B.B. Woodward. The 3 volumes, as published in the first edition, should consist of 698 p., 720 p., and 726 p., issued in parts. The owner of this copy apparently took the original parts to bookbinder Belthasar Kohler before the third volume had been completed; the binder produced three volumes of about the same size by binding part of vol. 1 in the second volume and part of vol. 2 in the third volume, which was bound without the second half of vol. 3. The text concludes with 1829. Contains engraved title page and 66 additional leaves of plates (2 folding). In Very Good- Condition: edges rubbed; engraved title page, folded map, and first leaf of text are detached together, but present; several pages of vol. 1 stained; 1 plate in vol. 3 torn horizontally, without loss; folded facsimile is starting to separate along both folds; the back board of vol. 2 was exposed to water at some point, resulting in some loss of marbled paper on the board, discoloration of the leather along the back joint, and discoloration at the ends of gutter on the last few leaves; occasional foxing, primarily in margins of plates; otherwise, clean and tight. Very Good -. Item #004078

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