Philadelphia: Gebbie & Co., Publishers, 1892. Early Printing. Hardcover. 2 vol. Folio. , v-vii, , 2-479, ; , xi-xx, , 1-470 pp. Recent half brown morocco over pebbled leather boards with the spines in six compartments, gilt lettering on the spines; all edges gilt. Title pages printed in red and black. Later endpapers and pastedowns. Each volume with a frontispiece and heavily illustrated with photogravure and color lithograph plates throughout. The title pages denote this edition as "The Antiquarian Edition". The title pages each state 1892, while the copyright date is 1890. Cole Cady's history is told through the setup of young children listening to a magical fairy tell them about the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas: aspects of the various cultures, religious traditions, clothing, food, and economic activities are revealed to the children by Robin Goodfellow, the Fairy Historian. The illustrations illuminate the story, and many of the images are taken from genuine archaeological artifacts from museums around the world. Very Good+. Item #000012790
A few leaves with a tape repair to its margin, overall the leaves are clean with an occasional small smudge.