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Antique History Books Two Partial Sets Six Volumes 1899


Ridpath’s HISTORY OF THE WORLD by John Clark Ridpath: two partial sets, MANKIND and NATIONS, six volumes – $9.99 flat rate shipping via Media Mail within contiguous United States only–details below.

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This set of antique history books by John Clark Ridpath, L.L.D. (1840-1900), entitled HISTORY OF THE WORLD and copyrighted in 1899 consists of two partial sets totaling six volumes.  Books are hardback with cloth covers and leather corners and spines with gold lettering; marbled endpapers and page edges; 11″ x 8″ with thicknesses varying from 2.5″ to 1.5″; each book weighs 5+ lbs.

SET 1 – MANKIND, “the evolution of mankind and the story of all races, being an account of ethnic origins, primitive estate, early migrations, social conditions and present promise of the principal families of men, together with a preliminary inquiry on the time, place and manner of the beginning.”  “Profusely illustrated with colored plates, race maps and charts, type pictures, sketches and diagrams.”  Originally 4 volumes; included here are Volumes I, II and IV.

SET 2 – NATIONS, “the development of social institutions and the story of all nations, being an account of the principal events in the career of the human race from the beginnings of civilization to the present time.”  “Profusely illustrated with colored plates, race maps and charts, type pictures, sketches and diagrams.”  Originally 5 volumes; included here are Volumes I, IV and V.

CONDITION is good to poor: covers are faded and damaged; a couple of the front covers are off the binding; one spine is partially missing; leather parts are fragile.  However, the interior pages are in remarkably good condition for being 120+ years old.  Fascinating content, illustrations, maps and photographs.  While these books offer a glimpse into how the world’s history was viewed and related at the time, and it would be interesting to peruse them, the covers will likely continue to deteriorate if they are handled; therefore, unless they are stabilized, their best use is decorative.  See photos.  Please feel free to ask any questions before purchasing and/or request additional photos, which we will be happy to provide.

SHIPPING: $9.99 flat rate shipping via MEDIA MAIL valid only for street addresses within contiguous United States; we cannot deliver to post office boxes.  For shipping to Alaska, Hawaii and elsewhere, please contact us with your location for a custom shipping quote.

A WORD ABOUT VINTAGE: Our inventory consists of vintage or antique items which are more than 20 years old, usually used or pre-owned, unless marked “new old stock.”  As such, there may be signs of wear and age, which we will disclose to the best of our ability.  Nevertheless, we encourage you to carefully read the description and view the photos, especially when purchasing a gift.  All items ship with tracking and insurance, and although we do not accept returns, we will offer a refund in case of breakage or damage during transit, upon receipt of sufficient proof. 

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