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JOHN WARNER BARBER

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“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.

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BARBER’S HISTORY AND ANTIQUITIES OF NEW HAVEN, WITH EIGHT HAND-COLORED ENGRAVINGS, INCLUDING DOOLITTLE’S FAMOUS ENGRAVING OF THE BATTLE OF LEXINGTON, DOOLITTLE’S OWN COPY

BARBER, J, W. History and Antiquities of New Haven. New Haven, 1831-32. First edition, with eight hand-colored engraved plates, including Amos Doolittle’s famous 1775 engraving of the Battle of Lexington, re-engraved by Doolittle and Barber for this volume. The copy of Amos Doolittle, with his owner signature. Very handsomely bound by the Club Bindery. $1250.

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