Cambridge, Massachusetts: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press (1982-1988), 1982. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 4320 p. Fine / Near Fine. Item #CNJL315
Henry Adams (1838-1918), a descendant of two U.S. Presidents, became a noted political journalist and was best known during his lifetime for a 9-volume work on the History of the U.S. during the presidency of Thomas Jefferson; his posthumously published memoirs won the Pulitzer Prize in 1919. His letters are one of the vital chronicles of the life of the mind in America; a perceptive analyst of people, events, and ideas, Adams recorded, with brilliance and wit, sixty years of enormous change at home and abroad (from dust jacket of Volume I). The set takes us from his early years in Volume I (which opens in 1858) through the opening years of the twentieth century, when Volume VI closes with the year 1918. ***DESCRIPTION: Tan cloth boards with gilt lettering on the front and spine, dark brown endpapers, each volume has a frontispiece showing a different portrait of Adams, 9.25" tall, pagination: Volume I (i)-l, 1-574 ; Vol. II (i)-xii, 1-645 ; Vol. III (i)-xiv, 1-638 ; Vol. IV (i)-xl, 1-736 ; Vol. V (i)-xii, 1-726 ; and Vol. VI (i)-xii, 1-861. The dust jackets are not clipped, although no price is printed on the flaps; tan jackets with portraits of Adams on the front (some of them mirroring the frontispiece), summary of select volumes from the set on the front flaps, short editor bios on the back flaps. ***CONDITION: Volumes are each in fine condition, with strong, square text blocks, solid hinges, perfectly straight corners with no rubbing, the interiors are clean and bright, and the entire set is entirely free of prior owner markings. The unclipped dust jackets are overall near fine, although there is some minor edgewear and Volume VI only has a small closed tear at the head of the spine. ***POSTAGE: Please note that this set is heavy, and additional postage will apply; we are happy to ship to both domestic and international addresses at cost, please contact seller for details. ***Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.