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Holmes Abiel
AMERICAN ANNALS; Or, a Chronological History of America From its Discovery in MCCCCXCII to MCCCCVI With Additions and Corrections by the Author
London Reprinted For Charles Taylor 1808. 2 volumes. The First English edition. Rare. With an engraved folding frontispiece map of North American in Vol. I. Tall 8vo, in handsome contemporary style full calf, the boards ruled in blind, the spines with double gilt ruled bands, a small round red morocco volume label gilt and a larger red morocco label gilt lettered, original front and rear blanks retained, a nice well margined copy untrimmed at the edges. iv, 412; 457 pp. A very handsome and pleasing set with edges untrimmed. The bindings in excellent condition, the text-blocks in crisp and clean condition with only occasional spotting typical to the American paper of the period, the map in good order and also with a bit of the usual mellowing. THE RARE FIRST ENGLISH EDITION, SELDOM ENCOUNTERED. "THE FIRST AUTHORITATIVE WORK FROM AN AMERICAN PEN WHICH COVERED THE WHOLE FIELD OF AMERICAN HISTORY" - G. W. Green. All the early editions of this work are very scarce, and this first London issue may well be the rarest of all. In fact, several sources state the 1813 Sherwood imprint as being the first English edition. A work still revered, Holmes traces his information back to original sources as much as was possible at a time when libraries in America were few and far between. Holmes was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1803 and of the American Antiquarian Society in 1813. The latter he also served as its corresponding secretary from 1816-1828. In spite of the author's most admirable achievements as a man of letters in the early days of the Republic, … [Click Below for Full Description]
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