National Portrait Gallery Famous Americans 1836 Longacre leather book 36 platesBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
(Old Books, 19th Century Books, Leather Books, Americana, Founding Fathers, Famous Americans, Dolly Madison, John Paul Jones, Fisher Ames, James Madison, James Monroe).
The National Portrait Gallery of Distinguished Americans.
Published 1836, United States. Portraits by Herring & Longacre.
c. 300 pages. Text in English. 36 splendid and richly printed steel engraved portraits protected by original tissue guards.
The plates are by James B. Longacre, one of the early chief engravers at the U.S. Mint and many other top portrait engravers of the era.
Attractive antiquarian American full leather binding, gilt title lettering, smooth spine, gilt bands & compartment decorations, gilt cover designs, marbled edges and end paper.
Book is physically old and shows some signs of handling and time.
Binding age worn but still appealing, leather and joints well scuffed and rubbed with some loss of leather in spots as seen, but still supple, remains overall very attractive as an object.
Text block paper is gently age toned as typical, light minor scattered foxing, internally book remains mostly clean, tight and sound. A book which has been taken care of but may/ does not look like new.
Still attractive on the shelf. Book displays a pleasing and unique age patina and is in rather nice antiquarian condition, any age flaws seem easy to overlook or forgive.
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Book Measures c. 10 3/4" H x 7 1/2" W.