Francis Hart & Co., New York, 1876. First edition. (2), frontispiece, 556 pages. Large & thick 8vo. Quarter leather binding, marbled boards, spine with four compartments. Spine faded an, boards and spine edges somewhat worn but overall a nice copy. Provenance: From the library of the prominent Swedish book designer Christer Hellmark. (Saint Bride 20437).
Standard work by a respected New York printer and publisher of which Bigmore and Wyman (p. 167) say: ”A most useful work, and gives evidence of the utmost care and painstaking on the part of the author.” The illustrations are chiefly automatic reproductions in reduced size, direct from the originals, and are very well executed.”
”Very few copies of the the first edition exist today, for the book was issued in parts and then bound by the subscribers.” Hart 92.