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Makers of history.

Abbott, Jacob, & John S.C. Abbott.

Published by The Superior Printing Co. [1914], Akron, OH, 1914
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20-volume set: Accounts of some of the greatest names of history, written primarily by Jacob Abbott, a clergyman and educator as well as a prolific children's author, with Abbott's brother John Stevens Cabot Abbott contributing four of the 20 lives. The series was aimed primarily at readers aged 15 to 25 and originally published in 1848 under the title Illustrated History, becoming a great and oft-reprinted hit in its day. This is the first Superior Printing Company edition; represented here are Romulus, Alfred the Great, Cyrus the Great, Darius the Great, Xerxes, Alexander the Great, Pyrrhus, Cleopatra, Hannibal, Julius Caesar, Nero, William the Conqueror, Genghis Khan, Henry IV, Hernando Cortez, Queen Elizabeth, Mary Queen of Scots, Peter the Great, Marie Antoinette, and Josephine. Each volume opens with a frontispiece portrait, most volumes having three additional plates with a few offering two or four instead. 12mo (18.8 cm, 7.4"). 20 vols. I: Frontis., [2], 256 pp.; 3 plts. II: Frontis., 229, [1] pp.; 3 plts. III: Frontis., 251, [1] pp.; 3 plts. IV: Frontis., 250 pp.; 2 plts. V: Frontis., 263, [1] pp.; 2 plts. VI: Frontis., 239, [1] pp.; 1 fold. map, 3 plts. VII: Frontis., 264 pp.; 2 plts. VIII: Frontis., 272 pp.; 2 plts. IX: Frontis., 257, [1] pp.; 1 fold. map, 3 plts. X: Frontis., 239, [1] pp.; 3 plts. XI: Frontis., 265, [1] pp.; 3 plts. XII: Frontis., 248 pp.; 3 plts. XIII: Frontis., 303, [1] pp.; 3 plts. XIV: Frontis., 285, [1] pp.; 4 plts. XV: Frontis., 287, [1] pp.; 4 plts. XVI: Frontis., 223, [1] pp.; 3 plts. XVII: Frontis., 233, [1] pp.; 3 plts. XVIII: Frontis., 327, [1] pp.; 4 plts. XIX: Frontis., 263, [1] pp.; 3 plts. XX: Frontis., 285, [1] pp.; 3 plts. Publisher's cream paper?covered boards, spines with stamped titles and heraldic rampant lion decorations; spines darkened (uniformly so), some spines chipped or scuffed. Preface and last text page of each volume with pencilled ownership inscription of J.C.B., dated 1923, except vol XV, marked as read in 1959 by J.D. Bowman. Vol. VI with newspaper clippings affixed to free endpapers, offset onto pastedowns. Vol. VIII with frontispiece separated and laid in, first few lower outer corners bumped, small pencilled marks of emphasis. Vol. IX with small scuff to front cover, small pencilled marks of emphasis, newspaper clipping affixed to back pastedown. Vol. XI with lower portion of one leaf torn away, with loss of portions of eight lines. Vol. XIII with front joint cracked and spine paper partially detached, reinforced some time ago with cellophane tape. Vols. XIV and XIX with back endpapers bearing inked and pencilled annotations. An enjoyably readable tour of famous lives in a "period" edition. Bookseller Inventory # 33428

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Title: Makers of history.

Publisher: The Superior Printing Co. [1914], Akron, OH

Publication Date: 1914

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