Publisher's cloth; 8vo; pp. 273, plus 2 folding plates (profiles), one neatly torn (separated) at final crease. Upper board detached; backstrip perished; binding broken at pp. 223; contemporary ownership signature and inkstamp on title-page. Shabby, indeed, and lacking maps, but a decent working copy or candidate for repair. Sold as is. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: A Description of the Canals and Rail Roads [...
Publisher: T. R. Tanner & J. Disturnell
Publication Date: 1840
Book Condition: Poor
Edition: First Edition.
Book Description T.R. Tanner & J. Disturnell, New York, 1840. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very good condition. First Edition. 272 pages of text including a glossary and an index, followed by [iv] pages of publisher's advertisement. Original cloth binding with minor to moderate shelfwear and fading, with the original and mostly complete backstrip (spine) laid down on expert rebacking. The large fold-out map has a half dozen small spots of dark discoloration and other minor staining and soiling, and has been neatly repaired at some folds and edges with no loss. Complete with two other fold-out maps and two fold-out charts. All maps have original outline hand-coloring. A thin strip at the top edge of many pages are lightly discolored, and a few pages have small tears and or creases in the margin. Previous owner's engraved bookplate on the inside front cover: John McAllister. On the facing page is written John McAllister Presented by James M. Stevenson. Light pencil drawings on the rear endpapers. Protected in custom-fitted archival mylar. Included is a custom-made full leather protective clamshell case, with marbled-paper accents. The case is very ligthly sunned on the spine with minor shelfwear; made by Weitz-Coleman. Not often found with all three maps. Size: Octavo (8vo). Bookseller Inventory # 017513