(New Orleans: Printed by Lyman and Beardslee [and] A. T. Penniman & Co. 1827, 1829). 248 x 165 mm. (9 3/4 x 6 1/2"). Two volumes. FIRST EDITION.
Pleasing late 19th century dark green crushed morocco by Stikeman (signed on front turn-in), covers with triple gilt fillet border and floral sprig cornerpieces, raised bands, spines densely gilt in compartments with center floral sprig in an oval medallion, surrounded by swirling gilt tooling accented with small tools, gilt titling, gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt, other edges entirely untrimmed. Front pastedown with leather bookplate of Marshall Clifford Lefferts (see below) and with bookplate of Mrs. L. Bartlett. Sabin 44871; Howes M-332. Spines sunned to a pleasing honey brown (covers also a bit sunned at edges, with front cover of volume II conspicuously sunned and showing the darker silhouette of a bookend), a few small stains to the edges of same board, but the bindings virtually unworn and otherwise quite pleasing. Minor foxing or browning throughout (no doubt affecting all copies because of inferior paper stock), five quires in volume I with one-inch dampstain at head, one gathering in volume II noticeably browned; not without condition issues, but with much to please internally, including vast margins, consistent freshness, and an absence of soiling.
Preserved in its untrimmed state inside its elegant binding, this is a history of Louisiana from the earliest days of European colonization in North American through the Battle of New Orleans in 1815. Martin (1862-1946) begins with a review of the first European settlements in North America before concentrating his attention on the territory that became Lousiana. He had personal knowledge of some of the events he relates: he was appointed Attorney General of the recently acquired Territory of Orleans in 1809, and occupied that post for the new state of Louisiana from 1813-15. And he was appointed presiding judge of the Louisiana Supreme Court in 1836. During the last two decades at the end of the 19th century, Henry Stikeman was generally considered to be the leading binder in America, exhibiting "extraordinary skill . . . in design, inlaying, and tooling." (Maser collection) Former owner Marshall Clifford Lefferts (1848-1928) had a number of volumes in his impressive library bound by Stikeman. The sales of Lefferts' library in London and New York in 1902 were major bibliophilic events. The present item appears to have been puchased by Bernard Quaritch at the Americana sale in London, as it appears on the firm's Rough List No. 217 (1902), where it is priced a £10 10s (the equivalent of £965 today). Despite the fading to the leather, the bindings make a very attractive impression on the shelf. (CJH1303)
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PJP Catalog: 67.250