New York: D. Appleton & Company, 1897. Hardcover. leather and suede boards w/ gilt printing; leather spine w/ gilt printing. book xi, 158 pgs w/ 124 bw plates. top edge gilt. Good (leather edges rubbed; leather covers scratched & scuffed; leather spine cracked & worn. suede cover inset torn at lower edge, peeling, yet fully attached. corners rubbed & curled. front pastedown/hinge cracked, binding mull appears fully attached; back pastedown/hinge cracked, mull holding w/ tear to lower segment. first 70pgs have slice to upper edge; pgs 156 to closing plate have chips or tears to upper edge. closing pgs have light dampstaining to lower edge & foxing w/ chips to edges & corners; some paper wear to lower edge). Item #183236
Top textblock has an indentation that has resulted in the upper page edge damage. Plate XI detached and laid-in while Plate LIV has a tear and crease to lower edge. Other than the closing pages, there appears to be no moisture damage. Pages and plates will have occasional smudges, light pen or pencil marks, etc but appear to be clean of any significant marginalia or defacement. Pages have retained their brightness. Textblock is firm and hinges feel strong. A nice copy and a fascinating artifact of horse-drawn transportation, equipment and technique written by a member of the American aristocracy.
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