Norwich: Henry Bill, 1868. First Edition. Leather bound. Large 8vo. Contemporary blind calf with blind tooled decorations. Marbled edges. Marbled endpapers. Engraved frontispiece portrait plus second chromolithograph frontispiece, 2 folding chromolithographs, plates and text illustrations; over 300 engravings total. 868 pp. plus advertisements.
Spine backed with tape by previous owner. Some scuffing to leather. Ex-library, but only indication is a torn piece of a card pocket on front free endpaper and blind stamp on title page. Several leaves of front matter loose and laid in. Minor foxing. Some offsetting on pp. facing plates. Tight and clean, interior excellent.
This is a first edition of Denison's (1826-1906) profusely illustrated history of North and South America. Denison begins with the first arrivals of the Spanish and French in the Americas, accounts of certain indigenous nations, and the various colonial wars fought up until the War of 1812. Of particular note are the 300+ engravings of battle scenes, cityscapes, flags, portraits, and more by noted American artists Lossing, Croome, Deveraux, and others. (Sabin V5, p. 345 [unnumbered entry]). Good. Item #1609