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BINGHAMPTON AND BROOME COUNTY, NEW YORK, A HISTORY.[CT IN 3 VOLS], William F. Seward.
1 BINGHAMPTON AND BROOME COUNTY, NEW YORK, A HISTORY.[CT IN 3 VOLS] William F. Seward.
N Y & Chicago Lewis and Stanley Publishers 1924 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine with no dust jacket 
B&W Illustrations; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 324;325-748, [7];430 pages; Bound in full green cloth with 3/4 faux leather. Many photographs. Contents clean and bright white. Slight neglible wear. Located one copy sold in 1951. WorldCat locates no copies. ; 14 34608 
Price: 399.45 USD
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BROOME COUNTY HERITAGE AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY, Bothwell, Lawrence; Janet Bowers Bothwell, Richard Barons, Ross McGuire and Gordon Wackett
2 BROOME COUNTY HERITAGE AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY Bothwell, Lawrence; Janet Bowers Bothwell, Richard Barons, Ross McGuire and Gordon Wackett
Binghamton, New York Broome County Historical Soc/ Windsor Publs 1983 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Fine in Fine dust jacket 
Color Illustrations; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 175 pages; Unclipped DJ, new appearing. Loaded with pictures and photographs in both color and b/w. ; 0 34609 
Price: 46.95 USD
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HISTORY OF CLINTON AND FRANKLIN COUNTIES, NEW YORK. WITH ILLUSTRATIONS AND BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF ITS PROMINENT MEN AND PIONEERS 1880, D. Hamilton Hurd
3 HISTORY OF CLINTON AND FRANKLIN COUNTIES, NEW YORK. WITH ILLUSTRATIONS AND BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF ITS PROMINENT MEN AND PIONEERS 1880 D. Hamilton Hurd
Philadelphia J. W. Lewis & Co 1880 First Edition Hardcover Good with no dust jacket 
B&W Illustrations; 508 pages; History of clinton and franklin counties, new york. With illustrations and biographical sketches of its prominent men and pioneers 1880. Width: 9.5" Height: 12.25", 10 pounds. Bound in quarter black leather and brown cloth over beveled boards. The spine and the front cover have stamped gilt lettering and ornamental designs. The decorative designs on the front cover are blind stamped on the rear cover. The book shows external wear, with mildew markings to upper corners of rear cover, light soiling and mild rubbing to the covers. The spine has nicks. The front hinge is cracked. Repair can be seen to the gutter of blank preliminary pages, as well as to verso and the title page. The title page and repaired first page of preface display loss, with loss to the text of the latter. Preface has only the first page of text. This volume has gilt edges and moire endpapers. The pages are largely clean and bright, with only a small amount of light foxing/offsetting. Annotations in pencil appear on first blank page at the rear of the volume. This work contains numerous plates offering views of towns, buildings, farms, landmarks, as well as portraits of prominent citizens and/or historical figures. There are also a color outline map of the country. Text appears in double columns. Armorial bookplate, name not on it. ; 10 35526 
Price: 225.60 USD
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