New York: Gay Brothers & Company, 1890. First edition. Hardcover. 2vol. Large 8vo. , iv-xxxi, , 54-698, ; , x-xxvii, , 36-536 pp. Purple pebbled cloth with black decorations and gold lettering on the front board and spine, textblocks stained red. The first volume illustrated with a steel lithograph frontispiece of Christopher Columbus, a double frontispiece photograph of the delegates sent to the Pan-American Congress of 1889-1890, 73 full-page illustrations, and numerous in-text illustrations. Volume two is illustrated by a frontispiece of the first cabinet (Washington and his cabinet) and a double frontispiece of Benjamin Harrison and his cabinet. Additionally, volume two has 33 full-page illustrations and numerous in-text illustrations. Volume one discusses numerous natural landmarks like Pike's Peak, Lake Minnetonka, MN, Cape May, Lancaster County, PA, and also gives a brief history of Canada, Mexico, Brazil, and other North and South American places. Quebec and Montreal are portrayed in the illustrations of this volume. The end of volume one also contains the Declaration of Independence and a facsimile of the signatures at the bottom of the document. Volume two discusses the big cities of the United States including Minneapolis, Portland, New York City, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Cleveland, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, and other important cities like Dayton, St. Paul, New Haven, etc. The illustrations show landmarks of each city, for example, Central Park, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Palmer House of Chicago, and more. The second part of volume two gives a history of each U.S. state. A general history set focused on the United States, and to a lesser degree, North America in general. The set reveals the historical biases of the day, and is a great example of the "Manifest Destiny" mentality. Both volumes beautifully illustrated, and in exceptional condition. Near Fine. Item #00008902
A tiny hairline split to the rear board of volume one, else Fine.