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Lempriere's Biographical Dictionary, or, Sketches of the Lives of Celebrated Characters in Every Age and Nation.
1827, Hartford, D. F. Robinson & Co.
Early 19th century swirled tree calf full leather binding. Smooth spine ornately gilt ruled into compartments with Greek running key patterns, large gilt devices in three compartments, title lettering.
Attractive and well preserved 180 year old American hand-made antiquarian book.
Gilt remains bright, leather supple, book structurally sound and tight. Some creasing down spine center from book being opened over time so many times, some small tiny chipping at ends, spot scuffing to extremities, etc. Text block shows pronounced toning and spotting.
Still overall much nicer than typical for American leather bindings of this era.
Steel engraved portrait frontis containing twenty tiny miniature portraits, including George Washington, Ben.Franklin, Jefferson, Adam, Monroe, Homer, Byron, Irving, Napoleon, etc.
A nice antiquarian book.
Book measures: 7 1/2" H X 4 5/8" W.