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The Labour of a Long Life: a Memoir of Charles J. Wister
Germantown [Philadelphia]: Charles J. Wister, Jr., 1892. Hard Cover. Very Good -. 2 volumes (200 p.; [2], 204, [2], 12, 4, 19, [1], 30 p.): tissue-guarded frontispiece in each volume and 20 leaves of plates containing portraits, architectural views, and music; 26 cm. Dark green cloth with gilt spine titles and stamped ruled borders on boards, black on front boards and blind on back boards. Below the author's name on spine is "1893" on vol. 1 (identified as Part I) and "1892" on vol. 2 (Part II)--possibly the dates of binding? Dark brown endpapers. Part I is dated 1866; Part II is dated 1886. However, Part II is bound with material dated up to 1890. Frontispiece portrait of the subject in vol. 1 engraved by John Sartain. Vol. 2 contents: Gwynedd in the Midst of the Revolution: Sally Wister's Journal -- Letter from Edd Jones to John ap Thomas -- Chapter XI [of Memoir of Charles J. Wister] continued [from vol. 1] -- Index -- Appendix -- Postscriptum [1889] -- Obituary Notice of Caspar Wister, M.D. by Craig Biddle [1889] -- Memoir of Dr. Caspar Wister by W.S.W. Ruschenberger [1890] -- Some Incidents in the Life of Dr. Caspar Wister, not introduced in the Memoir of Dr. W.S.W. Ruschenberger [1892]. The last section, "Some Incidents," continues the running title Memoir of Charles J. Wister, which is found throughout both volumes up to the Appendix, indicating that it was intended to be bound with the rest of Part II; the Obituary Notice and Memoir of Dr. Caspar Wister do not have that running title and were printed on smaller pages, suggesting that they were not meant to be bound as part of Part II. The author, Charles Jones Wistar (1782-1865), was the son of the subject, Charles J. Wistar (1822-1910); he was an artist and a writer, who served as president of both the Site and Relic Society and Germantown Academy. Blank leaf preceding frontispiece of vol. 1 is inscribed: "Helen Boon with the compliments of her cousin Charles J. Wister, 3rd Mo. 6th, 1906 Grumblethorpe Germantown." In Very Good- Condition: cloth has faded spots; corners and ends of spines rubbed; occasional foxing in vol. 1, heaviest on the first 30 pages; faint old dampstain along upper edge of latter half of vol. 1 and at head of spine through much of vol. 2; otherwise pages and plates are clean and bright. A unique copy of a scarce work of Pennsylvania biography and history.
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