Alexis The Cottage in the Woods 1796 Boston 1st American edition rare bookBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
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Alexis: Or, the Cottage in the Woods.
1st American edition published 1796, Boston for Alexander Martin (Quaker Lane).
269 pages, retains all blanks. Woodcut eagle device on title page. Text in English. With copper engraved plate facing p.121 (unsigned). Lacks frontis engraving (ghost transfer image slightly visible on title page).
At top of front blank fly leaf is an early annotation which appears contemporary with the book noting what seems to be the price paid for it.
Scarce 18th century American book in any condition.
Period full leather binding, smooth spine, gilt lettered spine title label.
Some leather loss on spine exposing small section of textblock, old cut marks to leather covers, p. 5 displays small triangular loss, please see photos.
Interior contents display a pleasing age patina, paper uniformly age toned (as typical), light scattered spotting, still well sewn, square, as issued.
Book remains structurally sound and well preserved for an American binding of this era. Still attractive on the shelf. Book displays a pleasing and unique age patina and is in nice antiquarian condition, the age flaws easy to overlook or forgive.
Please review photos for more detail and our best attempt to convey how this antique item survives.
Book Measures c. 6 7/8" H x 4 1/4" W.