History of the United States, from the Discovery of the American Continent

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BANCROFT, George. History of the United States, from the Discovery of the American Continent. Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1862-1874.

Ten octavo volumes. Engraved frontispiece portraits in six volumes, one engraved plate, and five maps.

Finely bound by Bickers and Son in late nineteenth century full tan polished calf. Spines decoratively tooled in gilt in compartments, with red and green morocco gilt lettering labels, marbled edges and endpapers. A near fine set.

George Bancroft (1800-1891), American historian and statesman, obtained material for his monumental History of the United States (1834-1876) while holding various government posts. “In the nature and extent of his studies, in the solidity of his work, and in the philosophic spirit which animated his life he ranks as the foremost historian of the United States, and as an American historian second to none of his European contemporaries in the same line. He displayed the heroic, epic value of American history, its unity with the great central stream, and dispelled for ever the extravagant conceptions of a sentimental world just emerging from the visionary philosophy of the 18th century” (Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.), III, pp. 308-309). Item #01329

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