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HISTORY OF TIOGA, CHEMUNG, TOMPKINS, AND SCHUYLER COUNTIES, NEW YORK. WITH ILLUSTRATIONS AND BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF SOME OF ITS PROMINENT MEN AND PIONEERS, Not Attributed
1 HISTORY OF TIOGA, CHEMUNG, TOMPKINS, AND SCHUYLER COUNTIES, NEW YORK. WITH ILLUSTRATIONS AND BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF SOME OF ITS PROMINENT MEN AND PIONEERS Not Attributed
Everts & Ensign 1879 First Edition Hardcover Good with no dust jacket 
B&W Illustrations; Half leather with stamped gilt lettering and ornamentation to the spine and front cover. The decorative designs on the front cover are blind stamped on the rear cover. The front cover has a significant amount of water markings. Markings are also visible, to a lesser extent, on the rear cover. The front and rear covers show light soiling and mild rubbing. Minor loss of material is visible at the outside corners. This volume has gilt edges. The text block is intact. The previous owner's name appears on the front flyleaf, with a gift inscription dated 1892 on the verso. The pages are largely clean and bright, with only a small amount of light foxing/offsetting. Contents clean and VG. There are numerous other plates offering views of towns, buildings, residences, industry, farms, landmarks, as well as portraits of prominent citizens and/or historical figures. This volume has a number of impressive double-page plates. The text appears in double columns. Height 12" Width 9", as well as portraits of prominent citizens and/or historical figures. This volume has a number of impressive double-page plates. The text appears in double columns. Height 12" Width 9" Thickness 3" Shpg Weight 12 pounds. ; 12 35569 
Price: 258.50 USD
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HISTORY OF WASHINGTON CO., NEW YORK, 1737-1878. WITH ILLUSTRATIONS AND BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF SOME OF ITS PROMINENT MEN AND PIONEERS [1878], Uncredited Author
2 HISTORY OF WASHINGTON CO., NEW YORK, 1737-1878. WITH ILLUSTRATIONS AND BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF SOME OF ITS PROMINENT MEN AND PIONEERS [1878] Uncredited Author
Philadelphia Everts & Ensign 1878 First Edition Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
Color and b/w; 504 pages; Volume is bound in quarter dark brown leather and brown cloth over beveled boards. The spine and the front cover have stamped gilt lettering and ornamental designs. Decorative designs on the front cover are blind stamped on the rear cover. The book shows external wear, with light soiling and mild rubbing to the covers. The binding is sound. This volume has gilt edges and moire endpapers. A small label with the printed name A. I. Porter and the number 79 in ink can be seen on the front pastedown. Pages exhibit sporadic light foxing. This work contains a tissue-guarded frontispiece depicting the Court House in Salem, a double-page color map of the county and numerous plates offering views of towns, buildings, residences, farms, landmarks, as well as portraits of prominent citizens. Lithographs. Text appears in double columns. Width: 9.5" Height: 12.25" Weight 9lbs. ; 9 35568 
Price: 277.30 USD
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