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American facts. Notes and statistics relative to the government, resources, engagements, manufactures, commerce, religion, education, literature, fine arts, manners and customs of the United States of America...With portraits and a map
London: Wiley and Putnam, 1845. First edition, 8vo, pp. x, 292, 16 pp. publisher's advertisements; 3 steel-engraved portaits, including frontispiece, and one fold-out color map; contemporary full mottled calf; possibly the worst copy extant; soiled, rubbed, worn, chipped, labels wanting, lacking the portrait of Daniel Webster, most pages / gatherings loose in the binding; but a book that catches one's eye nonetheles, with a tipped-in notice from the publisher at the title page regarding the new process by which the plates were printed ("the artist ... has not succeded"), and an interesting hand-colored folding map of the U.S. at a pivotal time, with Texas extending almost all the way to Montana, Upper California bordering Texas, Wisconsin extending to Lake of the Woods, and the Oregon Territory stretching well into what is now Canada. Also of note is the publisher's 16-page catalogue at the back: "A Select List of American Works, published by Wiley and Putnam, 6, Waterloo Place, London" touting Wilkes' Narrative of the Exploring Expedition, and a long list of their American importations including Audubon's Birds and Quadrupeds, and Webster's Dictionary in 2 volumes, imperial octavo. "The list of illustrations includes a plate entitled 'Mercy's Dream,' which is not in the copies noted above. Some copies were issued with the map and three portraits only [as here]" (Sabin 66795).
      [Bookseller: Rulon-Miller Books ]
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