New York: Charles Wells, 1833. Hardcover. N.d. (ca. 1833). 16mo. , xiv, , 14-227, , 230-328, , iv-x pp. Contemporary beige calf (by Charles Wells of New York?) elaborately gilt, a.e.g. Front free endpaper excised, binding with some minor refurbishment. Very good. Item #331
¶ Charles Wells was described in New York City Directories as a bookbinder until at least 1832; thereafter he was listed as a bookseller; in 1838 he appears in the Directories as a publisher, and then in 1844 his trade is simply described as "books." There is a good possibility that the present binding came from his shop. Wells may have been the chief importer and user of English-made dies. Not in Edwin Wolf, "From Gothic Windows to Peacocks: American Embossed Leather Bindings, 1825-1855." * Early gift inscription from Ima Hitchcock to Emily Perkins, dated Dec. 25, 1856.