Concord, N. H. Tripp & Osgood, 1851. Early Printing. Decorative Cloth. Second Edition, expanded version of first edition published preceding year, "[m]any pages of new matter added, other routes described, and several illustrations inserted." (publisher’s preface). Foolscap 8vo (88 x 146mm): 72pp (including appendix and advertising directory), with added engraved title page, folding map frontispiece, and three full-page plates on pink paper (as are end sheets) inserted. Publisher's original brown cloth, sides stamped in blind with elaborate scrollwork border, upper cover titled in gilt. "Dexter Clapp / Salem" in manuscript to front fly leaf (perhaps Dexter Elisha Clapp, Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General, captain in the 148th New York Volunteer Infantry, then Lieutenant Colonel of the 38th United States Colored Troops, and after the war United States consul in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 1871 to 1873). Fine, tightly bound copy, and scarce such. Bent, p. 4 (for first edition). Fine. Item #BB2429
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