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1858 Publication Date: “The National Portrait Gallery of Distinguished Americans” Complete Four Volume Set

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1858-Publication Date: Complete Four Volume Set of Reference Books titled, “The National Portrait Gallery of Distinguished Americans.” Leather Bound. Quartos (8” x 11”), Engraved Portraits with Biographies, Very Fine.

Early American has offered several various editions of this work and this one is among the best. This Four Volume Set was published in 1858 by D. Rice and A.N. Hart of Philadelphia. Full brown deeply embossed ornate leather bindings have all edges gilt with five raised bands on the spine, the interior pages measuring about 7.25” x 10.5”. These contain a total of 142 black and white portrait plates with tissue guards. The engraved portraits were after paintings of many famous artists, including: John Trumbull, Sully, Harding, Leslie, Goodrich, and Ingham. The eminent Americans profiled include: orators, statesmen, naval and military heroes, jurists, authors, and others. A few of the historic names of images included are: George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Patrick Henry, John Adams, John Hancock, Joseph Warren, John Marshall, Daniel Boon, Benjamin Rush, Oliver Hazard Perry, Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, Jonathan Trumbull, Henry Laurens and many more, totaling 142. The overall condition of these books is very nice, with some use and slight expected even age. The spines and outer cover corners have some rub and wear to the leather, the bindings all appear to be sound and tight and the interior pages crisp. Volume I has some minor bending at the lower outer corner of the pages in the biographies of Daniel Webster through Alexander Macomb (roughly 32 pages to be precise). The remaining interior pages, which are so often seen heavily foxed in these volumes, show quite well, being very even in appearance, the page edges in gold-gilt. (We’ve also seen several cases where these master volumes were broken up, and their prints sold separately, in theory that the sum of the parts being greater than the whole.) (4 volumes)
Lot Number: 145
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