The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft (39 volumes)
Place Published: San Francisco
Publisher: The History Company Publishers
Date Published: 1883-1890
Binding: Leather bound
Book Id: 37998
Octavo [23.5 cm] Light brown calf with raised bands, gilt stamped titles on black leather spine panels, and gilt ruled lines on the spines. Marbled text block edges. Most volumes are in very good or good condition. The leather spines and boards are rubbed and chipped. There are substantial areas of mottling at the bottoms of the spines, and sporadically on the boards. The boards are often just a bit concave, many of the spines are subtly sunned, and some of the spines have thin losses at the ends. The underlying boards are exposed at the corners. There are sporadic cracks in the leather along the joints. The edges of the endsheets and flyleaves are darkened. The pages are tanned. There is a previous owner's name on the front pastedown of volume 6. The front board of volume 33 is nearly detached. Volumes 1 and 2 are in fair condition. The covers are hanging on by a thread, and the backstrips have almost entirely come away from the spines. Volume 26 is in poor condition. In this volume, the covers are completely detached, and the backstrip has almost completely come away from the spine.
Monumental collection of Western history. 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.