Narrative and Critical History of America [complete in 8 volumes]
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1889. First Edition. Hardcover. Large 8vos. Cloth. Marbled edges. Profusely illustrated.
Handsomely rebound in uniform cloth for the Rockford College Library. Ex-library, with stamp on bottom block edges, bookplate inside front covers, and sticker on front free endpapers. Sticker residue on spine. Pages of vol. 1 are a bit brittle, and several have closed tears along bottom edge. First few pages of front matter in volume 1 loose and laid in. A map in vol. 4 is loose and laid in. Books are otherwise fine, appearing nearly unread.
This is a complete set of Winsor's classic comprehensive text on American history up to 1850. Winsor (1831-1897) was a historian, librarian, and academic at the Boston Public Library and Harvard, as well as a founding member of the ALA and AHA. Says Howes of this monumental work, "If competently revised and brought more nearly to date, would be the most useful single work on the Western hemisphere, its history, cartography, and bibliography." As it stands, this is a very attractive and informative set in collectible condition. (Howes W578). Near fine. Item #2681