London: William Pickering, 1851. 114,pp. Original blue cloth, stamped in gilt and blind, a.e.g. Front hinge cracked, spine ends chipped, corners lightly worn. Invitation and signature laid down on front pastedown, ownership and gift inscriptions on front free endpaper. Textblock split, moderate foxing. About very good. In a half blue morocco and cloth slipcase. A presentation copy to the gunsmith Samuel Colt of a souvenir for a celebratory dinner for American participants in the 1851 Great Exhibition at the famed Crystal Palace in London, given by George Peabody at the London Coffee House on October 27, 1851. One of the foremost American financiers and philathropists of 19th century, Peabody sponsored the participation of the exhibitors from the United States. This account lists the invitees to the celebration, transcribes speeches made by attendees, and transcribes British newspaper reports of the event. Samuel Colt travelled to London to exhibit his revolvers, was one of the guests at Peabody's dinner, and his firearms were praised in the course of its proceedings. This presentation copy is gilt stamped with Colt's name on the front board, and contains his invitation to the event with piece of card signed by Colt laid down on the front pastedown. (Inventory #: WRCAM51937)
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