Bound in contemporary green morocco leather with 5 raised bands and gilt titles on spine. Marbled endpapers and gilt inner dentelles. All edges marbled.
Some moderate, occasionally heavy, foxing throughout. Lower corners of page nrs. 363-408 of vol. 1 are creased, as well as the upper corners of page nrs. 461-503 of vol. 2.
A negligible 0.5 cm tear at upper hinge of vol. 1. Overall a very handsome binding.Ernest Duvergier de Hauranne (1843-1877) visited the United States during the 1864 election and made many astute observations about it. For unknown reasons the book first was translated into English only in the 20th century, but probably, in the aftermath of the Civil War and the assasination of Abraham Lincoln, people didn't want to be reminded of this period in American history, still so fresh in their memories. Howes D604, Sabin 21489.
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