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The Flyleaf                                                                                              February 2016    
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Hail to the Chief we have chosen for the nation,
Hail to the Chief! We salute him, one and all.
Hail to the Chief, as we pledge cooperation
In proud fulfillment of a great, noble call.

Yours is the aim to make this grand country grander,
This you will do, that's our strong, firm belief.
Hail to the one we selected as commander,
Hail to the President! Hail to the Chief!

Did you know there were words to the music that accompanies the entrance of a sitting president of the United States?  I didn't until I Googled it.  Interesting words - especially in light of the current political situation. 

And here's the mouthful we could have had to spit out as we curtsied: "His Highness, the President of the United States, and Protector of the Rights of the Same."   There's a story behind the way we address the president as Mr. President -- if you missed it on NPR the other day, Google it too, it's worth the time.

Luckily, instead of having to Google biographies, there are lots and lots of wonderfully detailed Presidential Biographies available, each with their own unique perspective regarding their subjects.   Here are a few to whet you're appetite.


Abraham Lincoln - A History
The Easton Press, Norwalk, Connecticut, 2011. Limited Edition. Full-Leather. Fine/No Jacket. Limited edition, #85 of 400 copies. Publisher's limitation slip laid in. Very fine. 2011 Full-Leather. Complete in ten hardcover volumes. Maroon Saderra pigskin, gilt titles & decorations, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers designed by Peggy Skycraft, white ribbon marker bound into each volume, lithography by Falcon Press. Printed on Finch Vanilla Vellum paper Maps and illustrations throughout. The authors were Lincoln's private secretary and assistant secretary, and also served in various other governmental roles, Hay going on to become Secretary of State under McKinley and Roosevelt. Originally published serially in The Century Magazine beginning in 1886, it remains one of the more exhaustive and personal accounts of the life of the 16th President of the United States, and is notable for the inclusion of facsimiles of original drafts of important documents, most importantly the Emancipation Proclamation.
The Vantage Point...

New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1971. CJ2 - A first edition hardcover book SIGNED by Lyndon B. Johnson on a bookplate with the presidential seal that is adhered on the half title page in very good condition that has dried up glue residue all over the cover, some stains on the page edges and cover, light discoloration and shelf wear with no dust jacket. After more than three decades of public service, Lyndon Baines Johnson, amid the tragedy of his predecessor's assassination, the thirty-sixth President of the United States.

The Great Battle for Protection and Sound Money

Philadelphia: Edgewood Publishing Company, 1897. Very Good. Title page continues: "his letter of acceptance and inaugural address; also biographical sketches of the members of his cabinet and plans of the administration. . . . It contains a Chapter by Hon. John Sherman, and an Introduction by Hon. Chaucey M. Depew." 518 p.: frontispiece portrait of President William McKinley and 36 full-page photographs (included in pagination), 2 full-page maps; 21 cm. Publisher's red-brown cloth with gilt- and black-stamped spine title and illustration, and gilt- and black-stamped cover title and illustration. Green floral endpapers. Copyright by M.J. Coghlan. First Edition.

Biography of a President - Millard Fillmore
Buffalo Historical Society / Henry Stewart, Incorporated, Buffalo, 1959. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. First edition (one of 3000 copies). Includes original jacket. Jacket rubbed, two tiny internal tears on rear panel along spine. 1959 Hard Cover. xiv, [1], 470 pp. 8vo. A biography of the thirteenth President of the United States, the first full-length effort to be published since his death in 1874 (a short biography appeared in 1915, and an account of his early life in 1958). Compiling information about the Fillmore administration proved difficult, as his son almost completely destroyed his papers. Rayback provides an objective view of Fillmore's time in office, criticizing his leadership of "two absurd parties at the beginning and at the end of his political career, [and] his approval of the fugitive slave law" but also praising "his moral convictions and concrete actions against the institution of human slavery". Includes section of portraits and photographs. Bibliography & index follow text.

Life and Sayings of Theodore Roosevelt

Chicago: M. A. Donohue & Company, 1903. "From Papa 1909" in pencil on front end paper; Tissue guard at title page excised, else textblock is clean and tight. Sunned spine, with heavy wear and fraying to spine extremities; Front cover oval photographic paste-down is torn and creased, but reglued. Rear end papers torn through at the gutter, tightly reglued with archival PVA; Board corners worn and bumped; 315p.. Illustrated Cloth. Good. Illus. by Plates. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Hardcover.

London: Andre Deutsch, 1965. First printing. Very Good/Near Fine. 918 pp. Price of 55s printed on front flap of dust jacket. First printing of the first UK edition of Schlesinger's memoir of the Kennedy administration.

Some wear to edges of boards; jacket is Very Good with traces of edge wear and fading to the lettering in the author's name on the spine panel.

A Thousand Days

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Until Next Month...

 You know, I think I'm going to have to find myself a copy of Millard Fillmore's biography -  he appears to be more interesting than I had imagined, and very forward thinking:

"When Millard Fillmore moved into the White House, it didn't have a Bible. He and his wife, Abigail, installed the first library."

and was a health nut:

"Millard Fillmore installed the first bathtub and kitchen stove in the White House"

There's tons and tons of presidential trivia to go around (hey, Google is my friend!) 

This one I could go for:

"George Washington was the only president who did not represent a political party."

Ok... luckily, I'm running out of space, or I could spend all day picking through these tidbits of fun. I've always enjoyed reading biographies - though I never seem to have enough time to actually get to reading them. Presidential biographies  not only tell about the person, but about the time he (or maybe she in the near future) lives / lived in, and that's important to know.  It's also very interesting reading.

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