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Rare antique illustrated book, The Pictorial History of the American Revolution, published in 1848 by Robert Sears (NY). A great antiquarian find, with vivid historical details (the revolution was won a mere 72 years earlier), 433 pages, nearly 200 engravings. Exhaustive and filled with appendix material. Written for the whole family, as the publisher's advertisement on the back pages says.

433 pages.
6 1/4" by 9 1/2" by 1 1/2"
Gold ornament and typography on spine and covers, brown bookcloth.

This edition is in good to fair condition. It was part of library collection at some point (old call numbers are written on the copyright page). And it was repaired, perhaps by a library bindery, which left just a bit of glue at the very bottom of some pages — and I say this from having working in a library bindery. The title page has a rip. Some pages are very lightly stuck together at the very bottom of the inside, but will separate easily and without harm. The back cover is loosening. The hemp binding thread peeks out. The endpapers are clean probably added. The back cover also has a patch of bookcloth torn off (but in researching this book I found out that, oddly, other copies also have this issue). The inside pages have some age spots, but are supple. And there is no copy of the Constitution in the appendix. So this is one of those marvelous antique books that comes at a lower price for all its flaws, but it still an old and delightful treasure.

25% off barn sale Antique 1848 book. Pictorial History of the American Revolution. Rare 19th century illustrated edition.


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