Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft: Thirty-nine Volume Set in Publisher's Original Craftsman Bookcase
Place Published: San Francisco
Publisher: A.L. Bancroft & Company, Publishers
Date Published: 1883
Binding: Leather bound
Book Id: 13712
Thirty-nine Volume Set. Original calf with leather labels on backstrips. All volumes are very good or better. Some volumes have had minor professional repair. Housed in publisher's wood bookcase with glass doors with "Bancroft's Work" painted across the top. This custom bookcase is quite uncommon. We have sold many sets of 'Bancroft's Works' over the years and this is the first time that we are offering this important set with the lovely craftsman style bookcase.
Monumental collection of Western history in the scarce publisher's book case. This set covers the history and to some extent the anthropology of Central America, Mexico, and the American West of the United States. Bancroft had formed a large collection of source materials on the history of the American West and decided to write the definitive work on the subject. He employed assistants to prepare statements of the facts for large sections of the proposed history. Originally, he intended to use these statements as the basis of a narrative from his own hand, but as the work progressed he came to use them with slight changes. We have his own word that the assistants were capable investigators and there is independent evidence to show that some of them deserved his confidence. Bancroft considered himself the author of the series. According to Howes: "Colossal co-operative undertaking; nothing approaching it has ever been attempted in this country". Flake/Draper 282, 283, 284, 286, 289, 290, 291, 292. Howes B87.