Voltaire 1811 History of Charles XII King Sweden Biography rare NY imprint bookBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
(Old Books, 19th Century Books, Leather Books, Scandinavia, Sweden, Charles XII, Voltaire).
The History of Charles XII, King of Sweden, by Voltaire.
Published 1811, Otsego, New York by H. & E. Prinney.
275 pages. Text in English.
A scarce early 18th century American Voltaire imprint. This example unique, displaying the clear signs of very heavy early usage which includes three blank leaves filled with early attempts at drawing head profile caricature.
Period early 1800's native binding, smooth full leather, gilt bands with contrasting gilt title label.
Book is 210 years old and shows clear signs of handling and time.
Binding survives well age worn and showing signs of heavy handling and jostling. The covers and joints are scuffed and edge worn, front cover loosened but holding, remains overall attractive as an early American hand made object.
Book opens to the title page, which displays early owners names and even mathematical problems done by an early ink quill pen. The early amateur attempts at portrait caricature are quite interesting, capturing the artist's amateur attempts at profile caricature of a head. Early American folk art!
Text block paper is toned, light to moderate scattered age spotting, book text block still square and sewn as issued, readily readable. Title page.
Still attractive on the shelf. Book displays a pleasing and unique age patina and is in nice antiquarian condition, any age flaws easy to overlook or forgive.
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Book Measures c. 6 7/8" H x 4 3/8" W.