THE FRONTIERSMEN OF NEW YORK, by Jeptha R. Simms - 1882 [1st Ed, 2 Vols]

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The Frontiersmen of New York, showing the Customs of the Indians, the Vicissitudes of the Pioneer White Settlers, and Border Strife in Two Wars - 2 Volumes

by Jeptha R. Simms 

FIRST EDITION, Two Volumes. Albany, NY: Geo C. Riggs, Publisher, 1882.

Hardbacks are overall in GOOD+ condition.

  • Antiquarian volumes feature full leather binding with title blocks and gilt on rounded spines.
  • Books display gentle aging, with more wear to exterior, and well-preserved interior.
  • Covers exhibit overall rubbing and scuffing, as well as commensurate edgewear.
  • Volume 1: 
    • fore edges are darkened along 5.5";
    • edges around head corner of back show several pronounced scuffs;
    • spine shows general rubbing;
    • binding is a little fragile, and hinges are cracked with some gapping;
    • frontispiece is gently toned with light marginal foxing. (See photos for all details)
  • Volume 2:
    • spine piece is mostly gone with remnants of leather and gilt;
    • binding is loose, with front cover hanging on by a thread;
    • back hinge has gap and is loose;
    • back shoulder has "tape." (See photos for all details)
  • Feps have a toned 0.25" margin.
  • Feps display gift inscription. (See photos)
  • Illustrations are well preserved showing gentle toning. 
  • Interior is gently toned. Pages 22-23 display some pencil marginalia. (See photos)
  • Text block edges exhibit commensurate toning, and some foxing.
  • Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
  • SC20200206

712 pages (Vol 1) + 759 pages (Vol 2). 6 x 9.5 inches.

Antiquarian set of two volumes features full leather binding and title blocks with gilt on rounded spines.

Both volumes feature B&W illustrations, as well as an index. Volume 1 features an illustrated frontis and a preface.

These two volumes are an essential piece of Americana. Recounting all the turmoils, the conflicts, and the various efforts of the early settlers to make the new American land their own, the book is not without references to the Indians that are extremely partial towards the White settlers. This constitutes a valuable source of information on the way Native Americans were viewed at the time, and the aura of worth and courage that was given the settlers, who were considered as colons on behalf of the "civilized world".

Jeptha Root Simms (1807-1883) was an American best known for chronicling the early settlement in upstate New York.

EPHEMERA: Volume 2 has newspaper cutting inside, from the Canajoharie Courier, with ink note dating 1947. (See photos)

PROVENANCE: ex-libris book. Front pastedown of Volume 1 has illustrated bookplate.

EDITION POINTS: First Edition.


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