New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1900. First edition. The famous Daniel Boone edition with an original leaf of the author's manuscript for his chapter on St. Clair's 1791 defeat tipped in to the first volume. This set, number 116 of 200 copies. The manuscript leaf is heavily edited and reads as follows:
“days of Scandinavian supremacy at sea resulted in no spread of the Scandinavian tongue or culture; and the temporary maritime prosperity of the North German cities bore no permanent fruit or conquest for the German people. The only nations that profited by the expansion beyond the seas, and that built up in alien continents vast commonwealths with the law, the language, the creed, and the culture, no less than the blood, of the parent stocks, were those that during the centuries of expansion, possessed power on the ocean, -- Spain, Portugal, France, Holland, and, above all, England.
Even a strong race, in its prime, and given the...”
Four thick volumes, (10" x 7"). Bound in what appears to be the publisher's 3/4 morocco over marbled boards, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt, the other edges rough-trimmed. Volume 4 has been rebacked, preserving the original spine panel, the other volumes are untouched and all joints holding well. Moderate foxing to text pages, otherwise a nice, tight set with clean plates. Complete with five folding maps, 103 plates, rubricated title-pages and decorative half-titles. Laid in is the publisher's printed slip regarding the care of the set when new. [Howes, USiana R433. ] Very Good + (Item #1560)
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