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by National Book Auctions
January 27, 2013, 12:00 PM EST | Ithaca, NY, US    Live Auction

Lot 4006: 2V Washington Irving (Geoffrey Crayon) TALES OF A TRAVELLER 1824 First Edition Antique Decorative Leather Binding American Literature (94 views)

2V Washington Irving (Geoffrey Crayon) TALES OF A TRAVELLER 1824 First Edition Antique Decorative Leather Binding American Literature
Estimate: $200 - $350
Description: Title: Tales of a Traveller Author: Washington Irving - Washington Irving was an American author, essayist, biographer and historian of the early 19th century. He was best known for his short stories "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle", both of which appear in his book "The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent." His historical works include biographies of George Washington, Oliver Goldsmith and Muhammad, and several histories of 15th-century Spain dealing with subjects such as Christopher Columbus, the Moors, and the Alhambra. Irving also served as the U.S. minister to Spain from 1842 to 1846. He made his literary debut in 1802 with a series of observational letters to the Morning Chronicle, written under the pseudonym Jonathan Oldstyle. After moving to England for the family business in 1815, he achieved international fame with the publication of "The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent." in 1819. He continued to publish regularly-and almost always successfully-throughout his life, and completed a five-volume biography of George Washington just eight months before his death, at age 76, in Tarrytown, New York. Irving, along with James Fenimore Cooper, was among the first American writers to earn acclaim in Europe, and Irving encouraged American authors such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Edgar Allan Poe. Irving was also admired by some European writers, including Sir Walter Scott, Lord Byron, Thomas Campbell, Francis Jeffrey, and Charles Dickens. As America's first genuine internationally best-selling author, Irving advocated for writing as a legitimate profession, and argued for stronger laws to protect American writers from copyright infringement. Publisher: H. C. Carey & I. Lea City: Philadelphia Year: 1824 Printing Information: First Edition Binding Style: Hardcover Number of Volumes: 2 Complete: Yes Width: 6" Height: 9" Book Details: Condition / Notes: This is a rare four-volume-in-one edition of this work. Antique set is bound in quarter leather over marbled paper-covered boards, with raised bands and stamped gilt lettering to spines. Books show mild external wear, with chipping along spine edges. Bindings are firm. Interiors display scattered light foxing. For lots which include only books, our shipping charge applies to any address within the fifty United States. For lots which are not books, the stated shipping cost in this listing will apply only to addresses within the continental 48 states. Within those parameters, the shipping cost for this lot will be: $4.50
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Lot 4006: 2V Washington Irving (Geoffrey Crayon) TALES OF A TRAVELLER 1824 First Edition Antique Decorative Leather Binding American Literature
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January 27, 2013, 12:00 PM EST