Philadelphia: Henry Altemus, . Early Edition. Octavo, original pictorial cloth blocked in gold and two shades of green on front panel, spine panel lettered in silver with designs in black, decorated endpapers. 161 pp +  pp ads at rear for 'Altemus' Young People's Library. Price: 50 cents each". Colour frontispiece, plus numerous fine engravings throughout the text. A curiously bound book, the signatures are not sewn but rather are stapled in sections and glued to the spine mull. Light browning to text block but the paper is still very supple; offset browning to endpapers from what looks like it was a fairly acidic dust jacket that likely sat on the book for ages (which would account for the overall condition), but the jacket is no longer present. The endpaper designs are floral, with a depiction of a young girl reading with a large, opened book on her lap in front of a large 'A' (for Altemus?). A near fine, bright copy of a pretty little book. Item #311997
¶ This appears to be an American reprint of a book first issued in London in 1875; it is a children's book showing where Tea & Coffee, etc, come from. A lovely book.