Good. Item #5914
Hartford: A.S. Hale and Company, 1870. First Edition, published by subscription only. Octavo; xi, [xii], 13-501pp. Engraved portrait frontis, with 14 plates and fold-out facsimiles, all present. Rebound in brown buckram with leather spine and corner tips. Boards rubbed and bumped at corners and down joints, with a small chip at head of spine and some scuffing and runs to cloth. Boards open widely but are secure. Pencil notes on front endpapers, else pages unmarked. Dampstain to top and outer margins, mainly involving plates and random pages throughout, but not encroaching too far into plates or illustrations. Opens easily to between gatherings, but binding is sound.
Henry J. Raymond was co-founder of the New York Times as well as a chair of the Republican National Committee and Republican House of Representatives member, often referred to as "the godfather of the Republican party." This copy from the personal library of New York Times columnist and presidential speechwriter William Safire, with no prior ownership marks or plates. A strip of notebook paper is marking a page containing the New York Evening Post's "Index Expurgatorius: The Disused Words of the English Tongue," a list of words "ignominiously expelled from good society."