Boston: Published by Charles Bowen; London: R. J. Kennett, 1834, . First edition. 2 vols, large 8vo, more or less uniformly bound in blue-green and blue cloth, printed spine labels, xii, 508 & viii, 468 pages. Frontis portrait and inserted plate in vol. 2. Spines a bit sunned, labels a bit rubbed, boards a little bumped; some light wear, some foxing throughout; a very good set. Item #19129
The first two volumes of and the earliest state of Bancroft’s history, which eventually stretched to 10 volumes, 1834-1874. Per the BAL, “Vols. 1-2 issued by Charles Bowen bound thus. Copies of Vols. 1-2 also occur in A cloth, no label, spine gold-stamped. Since this later style appears to be the normal binding for Vols. 3-10 (issued by Charles C. Little and James Brown, and by their successors), it is logical to assume that the gold-stamped style is not earlier than copies with printed paper label.” These copies with uniform ink ownership signatures on the front free endpapers, “L. C. Kellogg 6 Aug’t 1834” (the first reviews did not appear until September) and “L. C. Kellogg 11 April 1838.” BAL 584 (vol. 1.) & BAL 585 (vol. 2), printing A (priority likely) with the portrait of the elder Winthrop as the frontispiece and the inserted plate of the younger Winthrop after page 52. Small tear from the upper edge of the front free endpaper. Offset to the tissue guards from the plates.