This month's topic: Presidential Biographies/Autobiographies/Hagiographies
Offering a carefully curated selection of books for your consideration!
You will also find links to catalogs of additional books on a wide range of subjects.
The Flyleaf: IOBA Newsletter
January 2017
This Month: Presidential Biographies/Autobiographies/Hagiographies
As we close in on the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump, we have an opportunity to look at past US presidents, their elections, their terms, and their accomplishments.

Here you'll find biographies and personal writings from and about beloved presidents like George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, and Franklin D. Roosevelt, as well as less often highlighted presidents like Grover Cleveland and Robert A. Taft.

And as a bit of extra, we highlight two miniature books, as well! Lack of space means we couldn't include a variety of other media, such as sound recordings, letters, broadsides and pamphlets, tickets to President Nixon's inauguration, and even Bill Clinton's high school year books! Please search the IOBA listings for these and other items of interest.
Abraham Lincoln: A History, Complete in Ten Volumes
by John G. Nicolay ; John Hay 
Publisher: The Easton Press,
Place of Publication: Norwalk CT (2011)
Binding: Hardcover
Edition: Limited Edition

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.

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. Available Here.
The Life of George Washington, Commander in Chief of the American Forces by John Marshall
Publisher: James Crissy
Place of Publication: Philadelphia (1831)
Edition: Second Edition
Binding: Hardcover

Full title: The Life of George Washington, Commander in Chief of the American Forces, During the War Which Established the Independence of His Country, and First President of the United States. Compiled under the Inspection of the Honourable Bushrod Washington, from Original Papers Bequeathed to Him by His Deceased Relative., in Two Volumes.

A biography of the first President of the United States, by a former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court who influenced the development of American constitutional law.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: John Marshall (September 24, 1755 - July 6, 1835) was an American statesman and jurist who shaped American constitutional law and made the Supreme Court a center of power. Marshall was Chief Justice of the United States, serving from February 4, 1801, until his death in 1835.

Marshall greatly admired George Washington, and wrote a highly influential biography. Between 1805 and 1807, he published a five-volume biography; his Life of Washington was based on records and papers provided him by the president's family. The first volume was reissued in 1824 separately as A History of the American Colonies. The work reflected Marshall's Federalist principles. His revised and condensed two-volume Life of Washington was published in 1832. Historians have often praised its accuracy and well-reasoned judgments, while noting his frequent paraphrases of published sources such as William Gordon's 1801 history of the Revolution and the British Annual Register. Available Here.
The Public Papers and Addresses of Franklin D. Roosevelt,
by Franklin D. Roosevelt 
Publisher: Random House
Place of Publication: New York (1938)
Edition: First Edition
Binding: Hardcover
Signed by Franklin D. Roosevelt

Full Title: The Public Papers and Addresses of Franklin D. Roosevelt. With a special introduction and explanatory notes by President Roosevelt

First five volumes (as published, eight additional volumes were added later). Original full gray calf. One of 500 unnumbered copies. Bookplate in each volume, corners and edges of the spines a little rubbed, a very good set, lacking the original cardboard slipcase. This copy Inscribed by Franklin D. Roosevelt to Samuel Falk, and below F.D.R.'s inscription, it has also been Inscribed to Falk by the compiler, Samuel I. Rosenman. Available Here.
The Vantage Point: Perspectives of the Presidency 1963-1969
by Lyndon Baines Johnson

Publisher: Holt, Rinehart, Winston
Place of publication: New York (1971)
Binding: Hardcover
Edition: First Edition
Signed by L. B. Johnson

First edition. Near fine in a very good dust wrapper with mild yellowing on the spine, wrinkles on the rear panel, a small tear at the bottom of the front panel, and one small tear each at top and bottom edges of the rear panel. Signed by the author on a tipped in page. Not sure if this is a true signature or an autopen... we suspect all Johnson signatures on a tipped in page would be by autopen. Available Here.
Robert A. Taft 
Grover Cleveland
Mr. Republican: A Biography of Robert A. Taft by James T. Patterson

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Co.
Place of Publication: Boston (1972)
Binding: Hardcover
First Edition, First Printing

Taft of Ohio was a political conservative, party regular, US Senator from 1939 until his death in 1953, and unsuccessful contender for the Republican presidential nomination in 1940, 1948 and 1952.

Available Here.
An Honest President: The Life And Presidencies Of Grover Cleveland by H. Paul Jeffers

Publisher: WilliamMorrow/HarperCollins
Place of Publication: New York (2000)
Binding: Hardcover
First Edition

In his day, Cleveland was a renowned reformer - an enemy of political machines who joined forces with Theodore Roosevelt to fight powerful party bosses, a moralist who vetoed bills he considered blatant raids on the Treasury, a vigorous defender of the Monroe Doctrine who resisted American Imperialism, and a president who stood his ground against Wall Street robber barons in an era of big business. Available Here.
The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys: An American Saga
by Doris Kearns Goodwin

lisher: Simon & Schuster
Place of Publication: New York (1987)
Binding: Hardcover
Edition: First Edition
Signed by the author

Clean hardcover with square binding and barely nudged top corners. Price-clipped dustjacket with light wear and no tears, in fresh mylar. NY: Simon & Schuster, 1987. 2nd printing of the First Edition. xvii, 932 pages, [32] pp. of b&w photo plates. The author's second book.

Available Here. 
Commissioner Roosevelt: The Story of Theodore Roosevelt and the New York City Police, 1895-1897 by H. Paul Jeffers
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Place of Publication: Somerset NJ (1994)
Binding: Hardcover
Edition: First Edition

A crucial turning point in Theodore Roosevelt's political career, the 37 year-old president of the NYC Police Commission transformed an association of slackers, bullies, thieves and blackmailers into one of the first truly professional law enforcement agencies in the world.

Available Here.
Eulogies to the late President, John Fitzgerald Kennedy
A Letter to Bushrod from George Washington
Specialty: Miniature Book

Full Title: Eulogies to the late President, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Delivered in the Rotunda of the United States Capitol, November 24, 1963 by Mike Mansfield, Earl Warren, et al

Publisher: J.L.Kapica
Place of Publication: New Britain CT (1964)
Binding: Hardcover

Black leather, gold lettering, a.e.g., marbled endpapers, portrait frontis. A near fine copy. Contributions by Mike Mansfield, Earl Warren, and John McCormack.
Available Here.

Specialty: Miniature Book 

A Letter to Bushrod from George Washington by George Washington

Publisher: Kitemaug Press
Place of Publication: Spartanburg SC (1987)
Binding: Hardcover

An interesting letter from George Washington to his favorite nephew, Bushrod Washington, written in 1783. Bushrod served in the Continental Army during the American Revolution, and later studied law in Philadelphia. Washington bequeathed Bushrod Mount Vernon, his library, and his papers, he was so beloved. Available Here.
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