I think it says a lot about America that even in the 19th century, everything was made new. These are English books, and like many other overseas volumes in the archives, the paper inside the spine is recycled from some sort of newspaper. When shelving at the library, I always enjoy trying to read these papers, but this is the first one I've seen with pictures. Aren't they delightful? It is a shame that the spines are so damaged, but at the same time it gives a really interesting view of something seldom seen or thought about.