Very Good / Very Good. Item #5482
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, Riverside Press, 1930 (Vol. I) and 1938 (Vol II). Octavo; viii + 552pp (Vol. I) and x + 672pp (Vol. II). First Edition of both volumes; eight-year gap between first publications. Each volume with its own index.Textblock of later volume about 3/4" narrower spine-to-fore-edge than that of earlier volume. Vol. I jacket clipped; Vol II jacket unclipped; jackets similar but not identical in design, though planned for side-by-side shelving. Both volumes blue cloth with gilt stamping; Vol. I also has blind-stamped Riverside Press emblem and gilt top edge of textblock.
Vol. I jacket heavily toned with large chip missing to upper front edge and smaller chipping along upper edge; Vol. II jacket (unsunned, untoned) has two closed tears to upper edge and minor chipping along bottom edge. Both jackets now in mylar. Previous owner glued inner flaps of jackets on both volumes to pastedowns. Previous owner's ink signature on endpaper of Vol. II.
Adams, most renowned for "The Education of Henry Adams" and "Mont Saint Michel and Chartres,": is the go-to chronicler of the American political scene during the Gilded Age.