Presentation copy from Gen. William Henry Harrison, first edition of A History of the State of Ohio by Caleb Atwater.
Octavo, -403pp. Contemporary full sheep, raised bands with five compartments on spine, title in gilt over red morocco label. Brown endpapers, joints worn. Intermittent toning and foxing throughout, pages 233-234 with tear and partial loss, ownership inscriptions and modern bookplate affixed to front pastedown endpaper. Housed in custom blue cloth clamshell, title in gilt on red spine label. (Sabin 2334) (Howes A377) (Thomson, Ohio, 51) Inscribed on the title page: “To W.H. Garrard of Shelby County Ohio, from W.H. Harrison of North Bend, March 14th, 1839.” An outstanding presentation copy of one of the earliest histories of the state of Ohio, preceded only by Salmon Chase’s 1833 A Sketch of the History of Ohio.
Provenance: William Henry Harrison (subscriber) to recipient, W.H. Garrard. Sold by Midland Rare Book Company (Midland Notes, catalogue of bookdealer Ernest Wessen of Mansfield, Ohio, 1941); Otto Orren Fisher (bookplate; Swann Auction Galleries, November 1971, lot 163); Victor and Irene Murr Jacobs (Sotheby’s New York, October 1996, Lot 23); Library of a Distinguished American Book Collector (Sotheby’s New York, June 2013, Lot 84); Barbara and Ira Lipman (Sotheby’s New York, April 2021, Lot 239).