American Flag w/ Bald Eagle 1840 Illustrated rare Book leather w/ Chapman engravingsBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
[Rare antiquarian Books, Illustrated by John Chapman, Decorative Leather Bindings, Poetry, American Poets, 19th century books, Longfellow- The Indian Hunter, The American Flag with Bald Eagle, Flags, Publisher Keese was a book auctioneer].
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The Poets of America, ed. by John Keese.
5th edition- published 1840, Boston by Samuel Coleman.
One-of-a-kind Survival. No other surviving example of this very rare book looks like this. Unique thus as a physical object of this era in American book publishing.
Text in English. Illustrated throughout with small vignette engravings, several full page and of the highest level of skill.
Includes a two-page illustrated poem devoted to the American Flag. It includes a bald eagle within the engraved illustration.
Period red leather binding, raised bands, compartments gilt decorated, title in gilt on spine, covers gilt decorated and ruled. All edges and turn ins gilt. Printed gold ink on pink end papers. Any age flaws are easy to overlook or forgive.
Front joint worn and slightly cracked, but covers still firmly attached. Small minor old nibbling to edges of covers near base. Still, despite these and any other age flaws, overall the binding remains clean, tight, and sound, still very attractive to the eye when viewed in person.
Interior contents remain clean and bright, with some minor spotting or foxing.
Overall, a lovely antiquarian survival with a fine age patina and handsome shelf appearance.
Book measures: 7 3/8" H X 4 3/4" W.
BAL 3277 (Willis Gaylord Clark). (see BAL vol. 1, page 232-233 for variant points of issue.)