New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1851 - 1852. First edition thus. Hardcover. 2vol. Large 8vo. , iv-xxxii, , 2-576; , iv-xvi, , 2-880 pp. Contemporary three-quarter smooth green calf over marbled boards, black topstain. Each volume illustrated with a vignette title page and frontispiece. With several hundred engravings on wood, by Lossing and Barritt, chiefly from original sketches by the author. Each volume lacks the advertisement catalog. Howes L-477. Sabin 42129. The first trade edition, with Lossing's history first published in thirty numbers from 1850 to 1852. According to Sabin: "It contains many details and anecdotes which are not to be found in any other work ... the earliest edition is much to be preferred on account of the clearness of the woodcuts" Good+. Item #00008634
A Good or better set with noticeable rubbing to the boards and the rear joint of each volume beginning to start. Each hinge of each volume discreetly re-enforced with archival tape.