Lot 9[CAREY, MATHEW (editor)]
Ten volumes from The American Museum, or, Universal Magazine. Philadelphia: Mathew Carey or Carey, Stewart & Co., 1787-1792. 10 volumes. Each in worn contemporary calf, a few with early lettering labels. 7 3/4 x 4 1/2 inches (19 x 11 cm); with plates listed below. The bindings worn and broken, some staining, intermittent signatures of Mrs. Elizabeth Curson, not fully collated and sold as is.
Rare group of volumes from this important Federal periodical, retaining the haunting "Plan of an African Ship's Lower Deck" and the updated version of Benjamin Franklin's "Chart of the Gulf Stream." Present here is: Vol. II, No. 1, 1787; Vol. III, No. 1, 1789; Vol. IV, 1788 (extract of letter from Washington at front, folding plate); Vol. V, 1789 (folding map, folding plate mentioned above); Vol. VII, January-June 1790; Vol. VIII, July-December 1790; Vol. IX, January-June 1791; Vol. X July-December 1791; [Vol. XI], Part I, January-June 1792; and [Vol. XII], Part II, July-December 1792. The complete periodical ran to twelve volumes (ten are present here) and even partial runs are rare at auction.
C Estate of Frances Tower Thacher
Sold for $4,688
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