Nov 25, 2014 - Sale 2368

Sale 2368 - Lot 244

Price Realized: $ 469
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 600 - $ 900
(PORTRAITURE.) Longacre, James B.; and James Herring, editors. The National Portrait Gallery of Distinguished Americans. 144 portrait plates, 4 engraved additional title pages. Tall 4to, lovely full morocco gilt embossed edition bindings attributed to Benjamin Gaskill, minor wear, Volume II boards scuffed; moderate dampstaining to Volume II, intermittent heavy foxing; early owner's pencil signatures on front free endpapers. Philadelphia: Henry Perkins, 1835-39

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"Up to this date nothing had come from the hands of American engravers to equal in delicacy of handling, and beauty of finish, these fine portraits"--Sabin 31577. Many notable authors were recruited to write the accompanying biographies, attributed only with their initials. The biographies of John and Abigail Adams were contributed by their son John Quincy Adams, for example. This set belonged to William Ferguson Colcock (1804-1889), an antebellum United States Representative from South Carolina.