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RHODE ISLAND HISTORICAL TRACTS 19 VOLUMES 1877- 1899, Various
1 RHODE ISLAND HISTORICAL TRACTS 19 VOLUMES 1877- 1899 Various
Sidney S. Rider 1877-1899 Hardcover Good with no dust jacket 
Ex-Library; B&W Illustrations; Small 8vo 7" - 8" ; These original printings being offered were published in very limited quantities and are quite scarce, usually being offered a single volume at a time. Bound in half-leather with marbled paper-covered boards, these antique volumes are from the Rhode Island Historical Tracts series which cover a large range of Rhode Island historical subjects from Medical Schools to Northmen [Lief Ericson, Stryker, etc]. This lot includes numbers 1-7, 11-18 and 20 from "Series 1," and numbers 1, 2 and 4 from "Series 2." Each series included 20 volumes, with each volume being limited to 250 copies. Generally with original blue wrappers bound in. The work features illustrations of prominent figures from Rhode Island's history. The volumes vary in condition, showing signs of external age/wear that includes: rubbing to the extremities of the boards and spines, detached boards and flaking leather. Some volumes show more advanced wear than others, with some displaying very light external age/wear. Some volumes contain pages which are detached and present. The text blocks are bound with age-toned pages many of which are tender. The books measure approximately 6 1/2" x 8 1/4". These volumes are from the library of the Long Island Historical Society and bear their stamps. About 1700-1800pp in all. 31319 
Price: 281.95 USD
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RHODE ISLAND'S EARLY EFFORTS IN THE REVOLUTION: AN ADDRESS DELIVERED BEFORE THE RHODE ISLAND SOCIETY OF THE CINCINNATI IN THE STATE HOUSE AT NEWPORT, R.I. ON JULY FOURTH, 1896, His Excellency Governor Charles Warren Lippitt
2 RHODE ISLAND'S EARLY EFFORTS IN THE REVOLUTION: AN ADDRESS DELIVERED BEFORE THE RHODE ISLAND SOCIETY OF THE CINCINNATI IN THE STATE HOUSE AT NEWPORT, R.I. ON JULY FOURTH, 1896 His Excellency Governor Charles Warren Lippitt
R L Freeman for His Excellency Governor Charles Warren Lippitt 1896 First Edition Hardcover Good with no dust jacket 
AMERICANA; Military; Revolution; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 19 pages; Rhode Island's early efforts in the Revolution: An address delivered before the Rhode Island Society of the Cincinnati in the State House at Newport, R. I. On July fourth, 1896. Bound in 3/4 blue cloth over marbled boards. Salmon colored wrappers bound in. Couple shallow chips to front wrapper which has been reinserted. Ex Long Island Historical Society bookplate. Markings consist of two embossed stamps. Signed by author on presentation plate. Circa 1896. ; Signed by Author 30990 
Price: 140.95 USD
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