New York: C. A. Alvord, 1867. Hardcover. Early edition of the history of Vassar College and its environs. Benson John Lossing [1813-1891] was a charter trustee of Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY from 1861 until his death. Lossing was a Dutchess County, NY native and became a prominent engraver, illustrator, and historian. He was a part owner and editor of the Poughkeepsie Telegraph, then moved to NYC where he became editor and illustrator for J.S. Rothchild's weekly Family Magazine. He authored over 40 books, most notably "The Hudson, From the Wilderness to the Sea" first published in 1862, which continues to be a key book on the Hudson River.
8vo, 175 pp with 87 listed illustrations, lacking the Matthew Vassar portrait. Original green cloth covers, beveled edges w/ gilt title on spine, gilt decoration on front cover and blind stamp on back cover. Scattered fox spotting, not affecting text. Spine ruffled at head, corners slt. bumped. Otherwise clean, binding tight. OCLC: 918201867. Good + overall. Item #21316