New York: Henry Bill, 1864. Hardcover. Small 4to. Full black calf, heavily blind-embossed, with spine gilt lettering and pictorial boxed compartments. 782pp, (2pp), (4pp ads). Tissue-guarded double frontispiece (one color), full-page heavy stock tissue-guarded portraits, illustrations large and small (some color and one large color foldout), marbled endpapers and page edges. Very good overall. Binding a tad edgeworn but with gilt bright; faint toning to text block. Item #45493
Tight and nice later printing of this enormous and broad survey featuring some color plates. Subtitle continues: "Comprising the Early Discoveries by the Spanish, French and Other Navigators, an Account of the American Indians, and a Complete History of the United States to the Present Time, Including the French and Indian Wars, the War of the Revolution, That of 1812, the Late War with Mexico, and Embracing the Brilliant Career of Washington, Wayne, Jackson, Taylor, Scott, and Their Compatriots; and Incidentally, an Account of the Late Russian and Italian Wars, with an Appendix Containing Important Public Documents, and Closing with Extensive and Valuable Statistical Tables." But that's not all! It continues: "The Whole Illustrated with Over Three Hundred Engravings, Some of Which Are Beautifully Colored by Hand True to Nature, Consisting of Battle Scenes, Views of Cities, Flags of the Various Nations, Prominent Events, and Portraits of Distinguished Men, from Designs by Lossing, Croome, Deveraux, and Other Celebrated American Artists."