An American Four-in-Hand in Britain
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1883. Bierstadt, E. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good / No Jacket. Item #2322410
First edition. Inscribed but not signed on the dedication page by the author to Theodore Fry, a British politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1880-1895, and his wife ('Mr and Mrs. Theodore Fry, with the author's compliments'). Front hinge weakening, corners a bit bruised and slightly exposed, free endpapers and frontispiece foxed.
viii, 338,  pp. Original olive cloth, gilt titles with horseshoe decoration on front board, black stamped decorations on front board and spine, olive endpapers. Frontispiece 'artotype' by E. Bierstadt showing Carnegie on a horse-drawn coach, which is the 'four-in-hand' referenced in the title. The book details Carnegie's trip with British friends through the English countryside in 1881. It was not designed to be a publishing success, but rather a sort of greeting card to present to those who had not accompanied him on the trip, or a souvenir for those who had.