1852-55. Chamber's Papers for the People. Nice 12 Volume (in 6) Set, with Provenance!
Author: William Chambers
Title: Chamber's Papers for the People
Publisher: J. W. Moore
Pages: 12 volumes (bound in six). Complete
Size: 8" x 5"
Condition: Bindings are Very Good, Text ranges from Good to Very Good with some foxing
Provenance: from the library of Gov. LeRoy Collins at the historic estate at The Grove (please click here for details)
Here, we offer another great book set from the historic estate at The Grove (click here for details). This set is signed in pencil by two of the earliest inhabitants of The Grove: Ellen Call Long, and Mary L. Call (Richard Keith Call's two daughters). Mary L. Call Brevard was the grandmother of Mary Call Darby Collins (wife of Governor LeRoy Collins) and we purchased this set from her great-grandaughter who also shares the name Mary Call. A letter attesting to provenance will be provided with this set.
Chamber's Papers offer a variety of information from history and contemporary exploration to literature. There are some paritularly intersting writings on the progress of America in the latter volume. Finding 12 volumes together is becoming more and more difficult, finding them finely uniformly bound even moreso, and finding them with provenance makes this set different from any other.
The condition of the 1/2 calf bindings is Very Good with only minimal wear. The last bound volume has some chipping to labels and both the last volumes have some slight peeling at corners of labels. Otherwise, the set shows the minor scuffs and rubs that come from age. A very sound set. Internally, there is the typical foxing in places, but the text is quite clean for the most part. Foxing ranges from none to moderate with most pages being bright and clean, and some volumes being better than others (in terms of foxing). Two signatures in pencil (by the Call daughters. Overall, a Very Good set, nicely bound, with great provenance.
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