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  • Item Category: Books, Paper & Magazines
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Apr 27, 2009
  • Channel: Auction House

This is the Complete & Original Two Volume Set of this First Edition of the first history of the United States of America, published in 1828 when John Quincy Adams was the President of the USA, the 52nd year of the Independence of the United States of America. "A Political and Civil History of the United States of America, From the Year 1763 to the Close of the Administration of President Washington in March, 1797: including A Summary View of the Political and Civil State of the North American Colonies, Prior to that Period. In Two Volumes. " by Timothy Pitkin. Timothy Pitkin ( 1766 - 1847 ) was an American lawyer, politician, and historian who lived most of his life and was a US Congressman from Connecticut from 1805-1819. His History of the United States is considered a carefully and factually written classic history still extremely valuable & insight rich to the study of early US History. Published by Hezekiah Howe and Durrie & Peck, New Haven, Connecticut, January 23, 1828. First Edition, First Printing. For a detailed view of the treasures inside these volumes please refer to the photos of the table of contents and appendix summary in each volume. 1067 pages with the frontispiece steel engraving of George Washington from the famous painting by J.N. Nesmith. Frontispiece is protected by a sheer tissue guard. Pages are crisp and clean though foxed ranging from light to moderate yet none are compromised and all are easily readable and turnable. These books are meant to be read and used and still serve very well in that purpose though they should be handled with care since they are 181 years old. T is an 1800's antique bookplate in the front endpaper of each volume with antique script indicating the volumes are No. 472 in the old "Foxborough [Massachusetts] Social Library". Bound in brown Morocco leather bindings, spines, & corners with marbled covers in green & yellow tones. The spines have 5 gilt filigreed bands and a red leather title box with gilt embossed short title "PTKIN'S UNITED STATES" [note: the author's last name was shortened to fit the spine!!]. Bumping to the corners though the corners are hard and not splayed as so often occurs in books this age. Scuffing intermittently along the edges, bumping to the top and bottom of the spine. T are neatly repaired superficial vertical splits along each side of the spine w the spine meets the covers, the repair done in professional leatheweld. The covers are firmly attached and the hinges work nicely, all tightly bound. These volumes measure: 8-7/8" tall x 5-3/4" wide x 3-3/4" thick, combined overall thickness of both volumes. We purchase our unique selection of rare, collectible and antiquarian books and ephemera from directly from estates & reputable auctioneers. In order to keep our costs down, we do not send books out for authentication of signatures. We DO endeavor to provide complete and accurate descriptions of each item coupled with pictures and details of the estate and provenance when available. If you have questions regarding an item, please do not hesitate to ask. Returns are accepted only if we have grossly misrepresented the item. We are happy to combine shipping whenever possible. Insurance is required for items over $100 due to the irreplaceable nature of many of our auction offerings. Please be advised that we include a small handling fee in our shipping rates to cover the costs of the new packaging materials we use for each of our shipments. J&J Fine Books