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Book Condition: Good
Subscriber’s copy. Red cloth with blind-stamped decorations and gilt shield with titles on the front cover, top edge gilt, 15 by 20.5 cm, 57 pp. plus subscriber list, and chromolithographs by T. Sinclair (Philadelphia) including the title page, subscriber dedication page and arms of the subscriber, four plates of subscribers’ arms, and three additional color plates. Wear at the corners, chipping at the head and tail of the spine, and a dampstain near the bottom of the front cover. There are dampstains on the last four leaves and rear flyleaf, and light foxing here and there. A subscriber copy for Mrs. Anson Livingston, with a full-page color rendition of the Livingston arms. This copy was gifted to William Gregor “from his friend,” whose name I cannot decipher. This made it to Gregor rather quickly since an inscription by William Gregor MD on the leaf following the ffep is dated 1851, the year of publication. There is a hand-lettered calling card for Gregor mounted on the ffep, and a large, striking hand-painted coat of arms—presumably Gregor’s—on the front pastedown. Additionally, there are a pencil sketch and notes on the “Points of the Escutcheon” on the last leaf, and sketches of armor on the rear pastedown. Below the armor is the anteater ex libris of bookplate collector James M. Goode, designed by Richard Wagener. While having some condition issues, the stunning plates and beautiful hand-painted arms on the pastedown make this scarce first edition a lovely find.