Family Encyclopedia illustrated 1860 Civil War era decorative leather bookBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
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The Family Encyclopedia, or Compendium of Useful Knowledge by J.R. Bigelow. A New Edition, Revised, Improved and Enlarged.
Published 1860, New York by J. Whorter Smith & Co.
600 pages. Text in English. Profusely illustrated throughout with over 150 wood cuts and wood engravings.
Wonderful contents, covering virtually all aspects of life at this time.
Period full red leather binding, elaborate pictorial gilt spine decorations, intricate geometrical embossed cover designs set in concentric pattern. A beautiful publishers full leather binding of the era.
Text block slightly shaken, several leaves protruding, crack in center of textblock due in part to heft of the volume and manner of binding. Interior contents display a pleasing age patina, uniform age toning to paper, largely free of age spotting.
Book remains well preserved and attractive on the shelf. It displays a pleasing and unique age patina and is in nice antiquarian condition, small minor age stains or edge staining, 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. Far nicer than typical for books of this vintage.
Book Measures c. 8 1/4" H x 5 1/4" W.