Cambridge: Acme Publishing Co., 1889. Hardcover. 1033p. Very thick quarto [27.5 cm] Bound in plain olive green cloth with a gilt stamped title on the spine. All edges gilt. With 9 engraved plates, accompanied with tissue guards. Good. Mild rubbing to the extremities. The hinges are weak, and there are numerous notations in pen on the endsheets. There is a 1 and 1/2" tape repair on the verso of the title page. The pages are browned, and there is occasional light offsetting from the plates. Pp. 48-55 have numerous light stains. There is sporadic light foxing on the plates. A handful of pages have marginalia. Else, the pages are very clean. The text block is cracked multiple times. May require additional postage due to weight. Item #36977
From the Preface- "Coming generations will appreciate this volume and preserve it as a sacred treasure, from the fact that it contains so much that would never find its way into public records, and which would otherwise be inaccessible. Great care has been taken in the compilation of the work and every opportunity possible given to those represented to insure correctness in what has been written, and the publishers flatter themselves that they give to their readers a work with few errors of consequence."