Item #H27592 Letters to the Young -- the copy of Eliza Burd Blair Thaw with note from her husband William Thaw Sr. Pittsburgh magnate. Maria Jane Jewsbury.
Letters to the Young -- the copy of Eliza Burd Blair Thaw with note from her husband William Thaw Sr. Pittsburgh magnate
Letters to the Young -- the copy of Eliza Burd Blair Thaw with note from her husband William Thaw Sr. Pittsburgh magnate
Letters to the Young -- the copy of Eliza Burd Blair Thaw with note from her husband William Thaw Sr. Pittsburgh magnate
Letters to the Young -- the copy of Eliza Burd Blair Thaw with note from her husband William Thaw Sr. Pittsburgh magnate
Letters to the Young -- the copy of Eliza Burd Blair Thaw with note from her husband William Thaw Sr. Pittsburgh magnate

Letters to the Young -- the copy of Eliza Burd Blair Thaw with note from her husband William Thaw Sr. Pittsburgh magnate

New York: D. Appleton, 1834. First American Printing. Hardcover. First American edition under this title, although there was a Boston publication in 1829 entitled "Letters of Maria Jane Jewsbury, addressed to her young friends," which might have similar or same content. 8vo, contemporary black leather with ornate gilt decorations to borders and spine, very good, light wear and rubbing. With neatly lettered owner's name on first blank and on half title: Eliza Burd Blair, and a note from her husband, the prominent wealthy Pittsburgher William Thaw Sr. (1818-1889) on the page opposite the title page, in pencil: "This book was presented to my dear wife when she was a young girl. I think by Mrs. Biddle in 1837, then teacher in Washington, PA." William Thaw was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on October 12, 1818, to John Thaw and his wife Elizabeth Thomas. He worked as a clerk in his father's United States Bank of Philadelphia in Pittsburgh. He later switched to McKee, Clark, and Co. By 1842, he and his brother-in-law, Thomas Shields Clarke, owned steam canal boats, particularly the Pennsylvania and Ohio line. Their company added canal, portage railroad, and other steamboat lines. With the rise of the railroad, Thaw divested the canal business and invested in the new Pennsylvania Company, which managed interests of the Pennsylvania Railroad, in which he was a large shareholder. Thaw endowed science fellowships at Harvard University and Princeton University and bestowed lavish gifts on art and education. He underwrote the building of the Allegheny Observatory for John Brashear, considered at the time one of the ten best observatories in the world. In 1841, William Thaw married Eliza Burd Blair (1822-1863) and they had five children. In 1867 Thaw married again and had several more children, including Harry K. Thaw, the murderer of Stanford White. Very good. Item #H27592

Price: $125.00

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