1918. Hardcover. Rare military service record of Brigadier General Frank Parker (1872-1947). Presentation inscription from Parker "To C. Van U. in memory of the Great Days together - F.P. - Bridge Head, Easter, 1919". Includes service record, facsimiles of orders and telegraphs, as well as a list of decorations of Brig. Gen. Frank Parker from 1918 - 1919 during which he was awarded the War Cross of France with Palm, Commander of the Legion of Honor of France with second Palm of War Cross, Commander of the Order of the Crown of Belgium, D.S.M., and Third Palm on War Cross. Parker served in a tour of Lorraine, the second Battle of the Marne, the Battle of St. Mihiel Salient, the Battle between the Meuse and the Argonne Forest, and more. Bound in full red leather with gilt title and dates to spine. Gilt rules and swastikas to both boards. Rubbing and wear to boards, edges, spine ends, and corners. Evidence of a removed sticker to front board (about 1 x 2 inches) with surface sheen of leather removed in this small area. Adhesive remnants to front pastedown where a bookplate was removed. Browning to interior, mostly along margins. Unpaginated with blank sheets bound in at rear to fill out an otherwise thin binding. [Approximately 150 pages, of which about 100 have text printed on one side (so, about 50 pages of text).] WWI/011221. Very Good.
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Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1928. Hardcover. Number 4 of the 1000 copies of the Manuscript Edition, printed at the Riverside Press in Cambridge, MA. This is a compelling and detailed biography of Abraham Lincoln. The preface describes the rigorous and painstaking research conducted by the author for the book. Albert Jeremiah Beveridge (1862 – 1927) was an American historian and US senator from Indiana. He was an intellectual leader of the Progressive Era and a biographer of Chief Justice John Marshall and President Abraham Lincoln. As his political career was coming to a close in 1922, Beveridge dedicated his time to writing historical literature. His four-volume set The Life of John Marshall, published in 1916–1919, won Beveridge a Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography and connected events in John Marshall's life with his later rulings on the US Supreme Court. Beveridge spent most of his final years writing a four-volume biography of Abraham Lincoln, but it was only half-finished at his death and posthumously published in 1928 as Abraham Lincoln, 1809–1858. It stripped away the myths and revealed a complex and imperfect politician [Wikipedia]. Beautifully bound in full leather with elaborate gilt tooling to covers and gilt titling and ornaments to spines. The spines have darkened and there are some remnants of a call number having been printed at the spine base. There are no other indications that this is ex-library. Some scuffing along bottom edges of covers. The volumes also have some fading along edges. Volume I has light stain on front cover. Top edges gilt. Other edges not trimmed. Volume IV has small tears along fore-edges of pages 313-316 where book was poorly opened. The volumes have beautiful green and red leather doublures with gilt designs and rulings. The front doublures have a few light marks while the rear ones are near fine. The free endpapers facing the doublures are covered in grey silk. The back of the silk covered page in Volume I has small tears along gutter.Text pages are clean and bright. With 36 illustrations plus four color frontispieces with Washington DC scenes. Volume I has a page from Beveridge's original manuscript tipped in. A lovely set of this important biography in very good condition. Octavos. Volume I: xxvi, 297 pages; Volume II: 310 pages; Volume III: 361 pages; Volume IV: 381 pages including index. PRESHIST/080221. Very Good.
Washington DC: 1832. Hardcover. A 13 issue periodical produced by Duff Green to disuade the public from re-electing President Andrew Jackson. Subscribers paid a total of $5 for these 13 issues in 1832, which would be about $150 today. A thin volume bound in dark brown leather over marbled paper covered boards with small leather corners and gilt title to spine. Heavy wear to hinges, edges of boards, and corners. Ex-library with blacked-out call number on front board. Previous owner's lengthy pen notation to front pastedown regarding the contents. Front free endpaper is present but detached. Originally issued in parts, each number has slightly different condition issues ranging from minor dampstaining to foxing to smudge marks and soiling. Continously paginated, 308 pages (however, pagination shoud be 208 pages - it skips from 200 to 300 in last issue.) AMER/011221. Very Good.
Philadelphia: William J. Campbell, 1905. Hardcover. Limited edition, #317 of 500 copies, initialled by publisher. 8vo. Blue cloth covered boards with paper pastedown label on slightly faded spine. Deckle-edge laid-paper. Frontis with tissue guard + 22 more plates with tissue guards throughout. Wide-margin text, clean, bright interior. Previous owner's inscription to front paste down. 318 pp. American Presidential History. PRES/3043. Very Good.
New York: W.A. Townsend & Company, 1859. Hardcover. The author described this work as not a biography but by the consecutive arrangement of facts and illustrations, offers quite a complete picture of the Private and Domestic life of Washington. There are 139 text illustrations based on drawings by the author, and also handsome frontispieces of George Washington and Mount Vernon. In a handsome green leather binding with the book's original cover designs reproduced in gilt. A.e.g. Interior pages are clean and bright save for light aging to margins. Book label of J.G. Kellogg affixed to front pastedown. Very good condition. Measures 6 x8.5 inches. 376 pages. PRESHIS/030821. Very Good.
Fort Wayne: The Lincoln National Life Foundation, 1932. Hardcover. Very good in beige cloth backed, maroon paper covered boards with black title to title label on front board and spine. Browning and rubbing to spine. Minor rubbing and scuffing to rear board. Minor bumping to edges. Interior is clean and bright with many illustrations. 93 pages. American Presidential History. PRES/111081. Very Good.
New York: Derby and Miller, 1864. Hardcover. Campaign biographies from the 1864 election. These were originally issued in paper wrappers. Bound in three quarter leather over marbled paper covered boards with gilt title, authors, and date to spine. Raised bands and gilt rules to spine. Binding is signed by Tickeman and Co. Minor rubbing to boards and minor wear to edges, bands, and corners. Top edge gilt with marbled endpapers. Foxing to interior, mostly to first few pages and to margins. Bookplate of Judd Stewart with the motto "Verdad es Verde" and a portrait of Lincoln to front pastedown. Penned gift inscription from Stewart to front endpaper. Includes advertisements but not the original wrappers. Attractive and well preserved. 136 plus 8 pages of ads to rear and 2 pages of ads to front. PRES/062322. Very Good.
Cincinnati: Jones Brothers & Company, 1881. Hardcover. A scarce book about president James A. Garfield in German. With many illustrations. Good with leather spine and corners. Dark brown cloth covered boards with gilt emblem to front cover and gilt title to embossed spine. The leather is heavily worn and chipped. Both boards are nearly detached with a long split to the leather along the front hinge. Includes laid in ephemera including an old railroad ticket, newspaper article, and some dried leaves. The pages browned with some foxing, offsetting from laid-in ephemera, and occasional browning. Detailed engravings. 604 pages. A good candidate for restoration. German. GER/5023. Good.
New York: Farrar, Straus, and Young, 1952. Hardcover. First Edition. A charming presentation copy. INSCRIBED BY PRESIDENT TRUMAN “To Jane Lingo, a lovely young lady with best wishes for a long and happy life. White House. April 10, 1952. Harry Truman.” In a project to counter negative public opinion polls, Truman allowed a sympathetic journalist (Hillman) a close-in view of the president in action. Hillman was a noted journalist, foreign correspondent, and radio reporter. Laid in on a 3x5 card is a note in a young hand signed by Jane Lingo asking the President to sign the book for her. Jane Lingo was a friend of Margaret Truman and is mentioned in Hillman’s book as having spent a night in the Lincoln bedroom on a sleepover (page 116). The Lingos were family friends of the Trumans. Benjamin Harrison Lingo was a commander in the Navy and his wife Marie was the director of the Washington USO. Their daughter Jane later became the first woman admitted into the National Press Club. Bound in quarter beige cloth with blue cloth covered boards and gilt title label to spine. Toning to edges of boards and small bump along bottom edge of rear board. Clean, bright interior with errata slip laid-in. In a blue dust jacket with red title to spine and front panel. There is a large open tear on the front of the jacket affecting the title and there are a few closed tears along the edges. Very good in a good dust jacket. 253 pages. AMER/052211. Very good in a good dust jacket.
Compliments of Passenger Department, Southern Railway Company, 1913. Paperback. Small side-stapled illustrated paper wrappers with "Inauguration March 4, 1913" in red to front wrapper. Minor rubbing to spine and minor rusting to staples. Minor soiling to title page. Else is clean and bright with illustrations throughout. 40 pages. Presidential histoyr. PRES2/3222. Very Good.
New York: Liveright, (1972). Paperback. Inscribed and signed by the author on the half title page. "A novelized story of this great American is perhaps the last a reader would expect in a treatment of Thomas Jefferson. But Mrs. Wilbur illuminates for the reader the whole Jefferson. The personal aspects of his life, hte captivating anecdotes, his joys and loves, successes, frustrations, his ambitions adn ideals, are the heart of this book" (rear jacket / Salt Lake City Tribune). Bound in purple paper wrappers with white title to spine. Creasing to spine. Clean interior. 417 pages. PRES/102418. Very Good.