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Complete two volume set of Eminent Americans engravings
Complete two volume set of Eminent Americans
119 historical engravings from the 1860's

A scarce two-volume set of the National Portrait Gallery of Eminent Americans published in 1862 by Johnson, Fry & Company in New York. The engravings are from original paintings by Alonzo Chappel. There are a total of 119 engraving. The images measure 5 x 7 and are on full 8 x 10 pages with a facsimile signature of each subject beneath his image. Each individual has a biography narrative of many pages, beautifully typeset in a double column format. Original protective tissues for each engraving are present, resulting in a complete set of engravings in an overall high state of preservation.

The two volumes are richly bound with gold leaf pages and lettering on the covers and bindings. The condition of the books and binds is only average. Spine and corners are heavily rubbed; covers are intact but loose. The boards are beginning to splay. Both could be repaired. There is some dampstaining and slight water damage to the last 30 pages in one volume. Four engravings show some affect in the margins but not the images. All other engravings are in excellent to near excellent condition with some occasional foxing spots in the margins and even then only the far edges.

This is a solid investment whether the books are kept in tact or separated to sell the engravings individually. Each engraving retails for $20-$40. The books in mint condition sell for $1,750-$2,000. (# 1245)