“MAY WELL BE THE FIRST POPULAR AMERICAN HISTORIAN ON ANY LARGE SCALE”: EXCEEDINGLY SCARCE FIRST EDITION OF BARBER’S FIRST BOOK, HISTORICAL SCENES IN THE UNITED STATES, 1827, WITH FOLDING MAP AND 48 WOODCUT-ENGRAVINGS OF EARLY SETTLERS, THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION, FRANKLIN'S KITE EXPERIMENT, AND MUCH MORE
(BARBER, John Warner). Historical Scenes in the United States. New-Haven, 1827.
First edition of noted 19th-century engraver Barber’s first book, inspired by his travels through America in the 1820s, with folding map of the United States and 48 woodcut-engravings on 16 plates, including scenes of Pocahontas saving Captain John Smith, the Boston Tea Party and major battles of the American Revolution, along with Franklin’s kite experiment, the burning of Washington in the War of 1812, and much more. Very scarce in contemporary three-quarter morocco and marbled boards. $1500.