Very Good. Item #5967
New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1886. First Edition, Later Issue (see below). Octavo; viii, 5-773pp. Frontis illustration with tissue guard. Blue cloth with gilt lettering and seal. Plain white endpapers. No other titles listed ahead of title page and no ads at back. Boards lightly rubbed at corners and nudged / rubbed at spine ends, with a few spots of superficial chewing to cloth at bottom half of spine. Opens easily to between a few gatherings, but binding is sound and secure. Dime-sized waterspot in margin of p. 313-4, not involving text, else pages clean and unmarked.
First English translation, published just before the British edition. While specific identification among First Edition states is a bit up in the air, consensus seems to grant priority to the brown cloth binding with floral endpapers and without other titles and adverts. This copy includes on the title page the addition of Crowell's street address in New York (46 East 14th Street) and Boston (its bindery at 100 Purchase Street), while all other copies we came across simply state "New York // Thomas Y. Crowell & Co." Casual searches show a few other titles published by Crowell that include thhe addresses dated before 1886, but the majority were dated after, with another Dole-translated Tolstoy work (The Two Pilgrims) including them in 1887. Our hunch is this copy was issued in 1887-1888, with Crowell no longer bothering with cross-promotion via ads / other titles or with fancying-up the endpapers. Crowell issued a New Edition in 1889.
Bookplate of Byron Barnes Horton of Sheffield, PA on front pastedown. Horton authored a couple local genealogies and appears to have been working on a bibliography of the Plymouth pilgrims, though it seems the latter was not completed.
[Line, Ettlinger and Gladstone 39].