1845 · New York
First American edition of Prescott's collected literary writings, almost all previously published in the North American Review. Prescott (1796–1859), an American historian known for his work on Spain and Latin America, here covers a variety of additional topics, including an essay promoting the creation of an asylum for the blind in New England and ruminations on Italian narrative poetry.
Presentation copy: From Prescott to Dr. Elliott dated 16 April 1846, probably in the hand of a secretary. Elliott was almost certainly Prescott's ophthalmologist.
Provenance: Front free endpaper signed by Minnie Voorhees in April 1895.
Evidence of Readership: One pencilled comment only, but that a striking one; under a footnote of Prescott's repudiating such conceptions of American "empire" as had justified the Annexation of Texas, someone has written, "This note is unfortunate for your former and future reputation, Mr. Prescott — "
Binding: Publisher's dark brown cloth, spine lettered in gilt with arabesque rules in blind and a gilt device, covers with elaborate arabesque frames stamped in blind.
BAL 16344. Bound as above, well rebacked with original spine laid on, edges rubbed. Light to moderate age-toning and foxing throughout; inscribed as above, light pencilling on endpapers (and one leaf of text as above). (Inventory #: 36203)