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Recollections of the Life of John Binns: Twenty-Nine Years in Europe and Fifty-Three in the United States. Written by Himself, with Anecdotes Political, Historical, and Miscellaneous

by John Binns

Philadelphia: John Binns with Parry and M'Millan, 1854.

Hardback is overall in GOOD++ condition.

  • Volume displays moderate overall aging and wear.
  • Covers are blind-tooled with filigree on front and back, and display overall fading and edgewear.
  • Boards are exposed along some areas of edges, and corners are bumped.
  • Spine features gilt text, and has chipping at both ends, more notable at head, with sunning.
  • Binding secure with some delicateness.
  • Frontispiece is well preserved with some scattered foxing and moderate toning, a little more pronounced than in rest of book. (See photos)
  • Front endpapers display writing from a previous owner, that appear to be genealogical notes back to Ireland. (See photos)
  • Interior is gently age-toned. First and last pages exhibit some foxing.
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks. 
  • Text block edges display expected toning, and some scuffing and dust.
  • Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
  • SC20190220

349 pages. 5 x 7.75 inches.

John Binns (1772-1860) was an Irish-born American journalist. A grand-nephew of the Irish patriot and politician John Binns, he got involved, together with his brother Benjamin, with the London Corresponding Society, that was closely associated with the Society of United Irishmen. His activities caused him to be imprisoned on several occasions, but he had considerable influence on the Democratic Party and from 1807 to 1829 conducted the Democratic Press, at the time the leading newspaper of the state, before publishing this autobiography at the end of his career.

Features a portrait engraving in frontis. Includes the author's own prefatory address. Also includes a table of contents.

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