The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft (39 volumes)
Place Published: San Francisco
Publisher: A.L. Bancroft & Company, Publishers
Date Published: 1883-1888
Book Id: 33052
Octavo [23.5 cm] Uniformly rebound in sturdy black cloth with gilt stamped titles on the spines. Marbled edges. New endsheets and flyleaves. Most volumes are in very good condition, and four volumes are in good condition only. Ex-library. The extremities are gently rubbed, and the bottom edges of the covers are scraped here and there. The top edges of the text blocks are darkened. Some of the spines are subtly rolled. There are library markings on the title pages, and library stamps only every so often in the texts. The pages are mildly browned, and the original pages at the beginning and end of the texts are darkened at the extremities. There are occasional stains on the edges of the text blocks and light damp staining in the margins of the pages. The largest stains measure 2 and 1/2 inches wide by 1 inch deep. The pages also have sporadic light paper clip marks, tape repairs, small chips and small closed tears in the edges. The map at the beginning of volume 2 has a small loss from the fore edge, and there is a large tape repair to this edge as well. There is a small closed tear in the map at the front of volume 4. Volume 5 has underlining and marginalia here and there. Large damp stains on the fore edges of the text blocks of volumes 8 and 9. The pages of these volumes and the pages of volumes 10 and 39 are heavily moisture damaged. There are multiple small white stains on the front board of volume 12. The map at the beginning of volume 13 has been torn out and is absent. A printed flyer has been mounted to the original front flyleaves of volumes 17 and 25. Minor marginalia and underlining in volumes 18, 23 and 27. Tiny bit of insect nibbling to the fore edges of the pages at the beginning of volume 24. The map at the front of volume 33 has a 2 inch long closed tear along one of the folds. May require extra postage due to weight.
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.