1828 · New York
First American edition of Irving's somewhat fanciful yet readable work on Christopher Columbus. Irving notes in the preface "the sight of disjointed papers and official documents is apt to be repulsive to the general reader" so he has decided to create a narrative rather than simply translate pertinent documents related to Columbus as originally asked. This edition comes with a => large folding map of Columbus' route through the Bahama Islands.
Binding: Gorgeous 19th-century acid-stained autumnal binding: Covers framed with a gilt floral roll and brilliantly crossed with bands of walnut brown, ochre, deep green, russet red, black, and grey, all => very bright. Spines gilt extra with compartment devices and multiple interesting rolls, and bearing black leather gilt labels; board edges touched at corners with gilt; marbled endpapers.
Provenance: Signature of Sam Baird on front endpaper and title-page of vol. I and half-title of vol. II.
As described in the BAL, signature sign 6 is not present on p. 41 in vol. I and the last page of vol. III is unnumbered.
BAL 10124. Bound as above, bindings moderately rubbed with one sliver of leather lost at a joint and a small patch lost near the bottom of one back cover. Age-toning, foxing, and some other spotting; some corners creased (some corners improperly trimmed during manufacture. Inscriptions as above, light pencilling on endpapers of one volume; map wrinkled with some old light staining and a tear repaired some time ago from back, with cloth tape — folds strong. => A classic semi-historical work most strikingly bound. (Inventory #: 36170)