Salmon Chase Financier biography 1864 Americana Civil War pictorial gilt bookBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
(Old Books, 19th Century Books, Americana, Children's Books).
The Ferry-Boy and Financier.
Published 1864, Boston by Walker, Wise, and Company.
332 pages, 18 pp. publishers catalogue. Text in English. Wood engraved frontis and half title. Includes supplemental section at the rear regarding numerous important Slavery related legal cases which incited public outrage and passions contributing to the beginning of the Civil War.
Scarce Civil War era American juvenile with a wonderful pictorial spine likely unique to this publisher. White House in Washington D.C. at top of spine, row boat on a river before a church steeple at bottom, oars and harpoon ornamental title banner.
Book is an inspirational biography of Salmon P. Chase who rose from humble originals to serve as Secretary of the Treasury under Abraham Lincoln. Chase introduced federally backed paper currency (as opposed to privately owned and operated banks which frequently went bankrupt or floated worthless paper) and later became Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
Publisher's gilt pictorial pebble cloth binding, embossed ruled covers. Slightly cocked as seems typical for this publisher and specific title.
Item is physically old and shows some mostly light signs of handling and time. Item is not new or in "new" condition, but is remarkably well preserved for an object over 150 years old.
Binding lightly age worn, joints and extremities lightly scuffed, gilt spine bright, cloth well preserved, book is slightly "cocked", very attractive as a mid-19th century book. Nicer than typical for publishers gilt bindings of this era.
Text block paper is toned, internally well preserved, minor light scattered age spotting or small staining.
Still attractive on the shelf. Item displays a pleasing and unique age patina and is in nice antiquarian condition, any age flaws easy to overlook or forgive. Looks nicer in person than in the pictures.
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Book Measures c. 7" H x 5" W.