History of England Hume Smollett 1843 rare Exeter NH leather book WilliamsBrian DiMambro- Antique & Vintage Maps, Prints, Books & Gold Coins
(Small pocket-sized 19th century leather bound book- near miniature size and format).
History of England, by John Robinson, D.D.
1843, Exeter, NH, J. & B. Williams. pp. 276; 255. two volumes bound in one. Likely a local NH or Boston binding, perhaps by J. Williams firm.
Original publishers full calf binding, smooth spine gilt ruled into compartments, large central devices and title. Two primitive almost folk-art wood engraved frontis pieces.
Wonderful period leather binding, any age flaws easy to overlook or forgive. Base of front cover leather splitting but board remains firmly attached by binding cords, end papers and leather. Leather remains supple, light surface scuffing, nicer than typical for the type and era.
Pleasing age patina to the item, impossible to recreate and very different from a modern book.
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Book measures: 5 1/8" H X 3 /4" W.