Lot 19 of 517:
Bancroft's History of the U.S. 6 vols. presentation copy  

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History of the United States of America From the Discovery of the Continent. The Author's Last Revision. - presentation copy with handwritten notes

Bancroft, George

New York

D. Appleton and Company



Complete in 6 volumes. (8vo), original blue cloth, gilt spines, top edges gilt; custom paper-covered board slipcases with handwritten spine labels.

Presentation copy, with bound in note from Bancroft  in volume 1 to Charles Nordhoff, dated 3 June, 1885, Washington D.C., noting that he is sending the 3rd and 4th volumes and recommends ordering the other 4 volumes to complete the collection. He thanks Nordhoff for his constant friendship. Nordhoff's signature appears on the title page of each volume.

A second note by Bancroft is bound in the volume as well, dated 1862 and labeled "private" in the top margin. The recipient of the note has been excised.  The note begins by stating "about 1/4 of the [crew?] who won the battle for Lake Erie for Perry were black men. But for them the battle would have been lost..." he closes with a request not to print the letter, as the information is meant to be private. Two more friendly handwritten notes from Bancroft are bound in vols. 2 and 3 as well.

Lot Amendments

Some wear and soiling to slipcases with some splitting at edges, tape repairs, etc; light wear and soiling to cloth with occasional areas of discoloration; some spotting to edges, occasional light foxing; very good.

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