The Battle Summer: Being Transcripts From Personal Observation in Paris, During the Year 1848.

The Battle Summer: Being Transcripts From Personal Observation in Paris, During the Year 1848.
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New York: Baker and Scribner, 1850. 8vo, viii; 289pp. Illustrated half-title and frontispiece with tissue guard between. Original blue cloth embossed binding with gilt to spine. Stamp from the Valentine Museum on front pastedown with second stamp over t stating “Released July 1979.” Pages heavily foxed. A few loose signatures. “Publishers’ Notice” laid in between pages 288/89 announcing the upcoming publication of this book’s sequel. Handwritten letter from Donald G. Mitchell, dated Aug. 30, 1849, laid in. First edition, first state of the binding, and complete with the inserted printed slip at the end. Presentation copy inscribed by Mitchell “Mr. Valentine with the regards of the Author Jan. 9, 1850” and the stamp of the Valentine Museum (released July 1979). Donald Grant Mitchell (1822 - 1908) was an American essayist and novelist. He produced books of travel, volumes of essays on rural themes, including My Farm of Edgewood: A Country Book (1863), sketchy studies of English monarchs and of English and American literature, and a character novel entitled Doctor Johns (1866). He was best known as the author (under the pseudonym of "Ik Marvel") of the sentimental essays contained in the volumes Reveries of a Bachelor, or a Book of the Heart (1850) and Dream Life, a Fable of the Seasons (1851). His other works include About Old Story-tellers (1878) and American Lands and Letters (1897-1899). Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., called him "one of the pleasantest of our American writers.” The inserted letter is of interest, as Mitchell is transmitting his manuscript “Reign or Revolution” via a Mr. Raymond to Baker and Scribner for consideration. He outlines the six sections of the book briefly and closes with his travel plans so Raymond can reach him in East Waltham. BAL 13924. (Item Id: 6351)

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