First American Edition. Good. Item #5346
Boston: James Munroe and Company, 1852. First American Edition, from the Second London Edition. Octavo; 179pp. Stamped red cloth-covered boards with gilt lettering to spine. Covers heavily faded and soiled, with bumping to corners and spine ends. Front hinge cracked, with covers opening a bit shakily and book falling open to between gatherings, but binding is still secure. Endpapers toned and foxed, with a bit of foxing at end of index, else pages unmarked.
Ownership signature of S[evern] T[eakle] Wallis on front pastedown, with his blind-embossed stamp on title page. Wallis (1816-1894) was a prominent Baltimore lawyer and Maryland state legislator who wrote a few books about Spain and a biography of George Peabody. He was arrested and held for fourteen months in 1861-2 for refusing to recite an oath supporting the Union. This copy most recently from the personal library of author and language columnist William Safire.