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Niles'Weekly Register Containing Political, Historical, Geographical, Scientific, Astronomical, Statistical and Biographical Documents, Essays and Facts, Together With Notices of the Arts and Manufactures, And a Record of the Events of the Times

Niles, Hezikiah, Niles, W. Ogden and Hughes, Jeremiah

Published by Hezikiah Niles, W. Ogden Niles, Jeremiah Hughes, Baltimore
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PROVENANCE: Volumes XIV to LVIII (44 volumes covering the period March, 1818 to September, 1840) were owned by John Gebhard (born in Claverack, Columbia County on February 22, 1782, died in Schoharie County on January 3, 1854) a New York Federalist politician, farmer, entrepreneur and naturalist who was the first attorney admitted to the Bar in Schoharie County, later appointed to the bench in 1811 to 1813 and, again, from 1815 to 1823 as the Surrogate of the County. Gebhard served in the 17th Congress as a representative from the 13th Congressional District (Schoharie County, etc.) from December 3, 1821 to March 3, 1823. Although an amateur naturalist in the fields of geology and minerology, Gebhard, with his son, John Gebhard, Jr. (1802-1887) was one of the first explorers of the limestone caves in and around Schoharie County, including Howe Caverns. Gebhard amassed a large personal collection of minerals found in the caves, and provided samples to other academics and researchers, the collection being later acquired by the New York State Museum of Natural History. John Gebhard was the younger son of an illustrious Claverack family, the patriarch of which was the Reverend John Gabriel Gebhard known as the "Dominie" of the Reformed Dutch Church of Claverack during a period when the Dutch language was being superceded by English. Portraits of the Dominie and his wife by Ammi Phillips, one of the leading folk artists of the early 19th Century in upstate New York, are included on page 157 of "American Folk Portraits, Paintings and Drawings from the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Center", New York Graphics Society by Little Brown & Company, Boston, 1981. In addition to his interest in politics (uniquely, the Dominie's eldest son, General Jacob Gebhard, also an attorney of Schoharie County, was one of the leaders of the Jeffersonians, political opponents of the Federalists), John Gebhard was a businessman. One of his commercial ventures was the construction of Middleburgh Bridge, a toll bridge across the Schoharie Creek, for which he and other associates received a charter from the State of New York to pursue a franchise to construct and operate the toll bridge. It is reasonably conceivable that architectural drawings of the proposed bridge are contained on the fly leaves of Volume XXXVI (March to September, 1829) and Volume XLIV (March to September, 1833) described below. Complete run from Volume I (September, 1811 to March, 1812) to Volume LVII (September, 1839 to March, 1840) with the exception of Volume VII (March to September, 1815), a total of 60 volumes published in 56 volumes (the last three volumes being double volumes containing a full year's registers) including the Index to Volumes I-XII and a Special Supplement to Volume XLIII "Containing The Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions, &c. of 1798-1799, The Great Debate in the U. S. Senate, 1833; and Many Other Papers Relative to the Constitution and Government of the United States, States Rights and Nullification" [the Nullification Controversy]. The volumes are as follows with defects (other than general wear and foxing) noted: Volume I: (September, 1811 to March, 1812), 480 pages, original full tree calf with red leather spine label; Volume II: (March, 1812 to September, 1812), 432 pages, original full tree calf with red leather spine label; Volume III: (September, 1812 to March, 1813), 480 pages plus a fold out diagram of The Columbian Steam Engine and an Addendum of 16 pages being a treatise on the Columbian Steam Engine, original full tree calf with a black leather spine label; Volume IV: (March to September, 1813), 432 pages including an Appendix containing the Constitution of the State of Ohio, original full tree calf, spine label missing but volume number on spine; Volume V: (September, 1813 to March, 1814), 432 pp., a Supplement of 192 pages and two Addenda of 16 pages each, original tree calf with black leather spine label; Volume VI: (March to September, 1814), 4. Bookseller Inventory # 1931

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Title: Niles'Weekly Register Containing Political, ...

Publisher: Hezikiah Niles, W. Ogden Niles, Jeremiah Hughes, Baltimore

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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