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BANCROFT, Hubert Howe.

The Works.

Published: San Francisco: The History Company, 1886

Stock code: 68597

Price: £7,500

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First edition, the complete set of what is still considered by historians to be the most important single source of early Western American history. “Colossal co-operative undertaking; nothing approaching it has ever been attempted in this country” (Howes). Although the first title-page is dated 1886, the set was published 1883-90. Vols. 11 and 33 were published by A. L. Bancroft & Company. Sets were originally offered in a variety of bindings, but the expense of binding so many volumes was such that purchasers usually opted for the cloth or cheaper leather bindings. This set has been finely rebound in handsome brown morocco.

39 vols., octavo. Recent tan morocco, spines gilt in compartments, light and dark brown morocco labels, marbled endpapers, floral roll to boards and all edges gilt. Maps, many of which are folding, engravings & plates. Light toning to contents. An excellent set.

Bibliography: Cowan: p. 33; Graff: 155; Howes I: B-91; Howes II: B-87; Zamorano Eighty: 3.

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