SUPERB EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED SET WITH AUTOGRAPHS OF FRANKLIN, WASHINGTON, JOHN ADAMS, HAMILTON, MARSHALL, LINCOLN, GRANT, AND 30 OTHERS.
American Statesmen. And: American Statesmen. Second Series. Boston & New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1898-1916. 40 volumes including index. Frontispiece portraits and lithographed additional titles. 8vo. Period full burgundy morocco gilt, spines gilt in compartments, dentelles gilt, silk doublures. Original autograph material with some fold splitting and occasional fading (detailed list available on request); volume spines sunned, else fine.
Extra-illustrated set of the large-paper, limited edition, the first series being no 459 of 500 sets. The 40 volumes comprise biographies of the most eminent Americans to date, from Benjamin Franklin and George Washington to William McKinley. Bound in to the front of each volume (excepting the index) is a pertinent original signed document or letter, including those of 11 Presidents, Signers of the Declaration, members of the Continental Congress, Chief Justices, et al.
The original autograph material includes: FRANKLIN, BENJAMIN. DS ("B Franklin Presdt") as President of the Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania, Aug 17, 1787, recording a deposition of James Gottier on the bankruptcy of the Philadelphia trader, Jonathan Smith. * ADAMS, SAMUEL. DS ("Samuel Adams") as Governor of Massachusetts, Feb 10, 1796, being the commission of Benjamin Willis as a Justice in Plymouth County. * WASHINGTON, GEORGE. LS ("G:Washington"), Jun 22, 1798, an order for brads. * ADAMS, JOHN. LS ("John Adams"), 2 pp, Mar 3, 1820, to William Cardell concerning a proposal for a Philological Academy. * HAMILTON, ALEXANDER. LS ("Alexander Hamilton") as Secretary of the Treasury, Jun 6, 1791 (letter cleanly split at folds including through signature). * MORRIS, GOUVERNEUR. LS ("Gouv Morris"), Feb 4, 1813, to Simeon Dewitt. * JAY, JOHN. LS ("John Jay"), Jan 26, 1799, a resolution of the Council Of Revision approving of "An Act relative to the Sittings of the Supreme Court." * MARSHALL, JOHN. LS ("J Marshall"), Sep 24, 1800, concerning the mistaken imprisonment of an American citizen. * JEFFERSON, THOMAS. ANS ("Th:Jefferson"), n.d., rendering a legal opinion to the Attorney General. * ADAMS, JOHN QUINCY. DS ("John Quincy Adams"), Feb 26, 1823, ships papers on vellum, countersigned by JAMES MONROE. * JACKSON, ANDREW. DS ("Andrew Jackson") as President, Apr 24, 1835, check for $17.70. * LINCOLN, ABRAHAM. DS ("Abraham Lincoln") as President, Feb 21, 1865, partially engraved document, on vellum, Captain's commission. * LINCOLN, ABRAHAM. Autograph legal note on blue paper, 10 lines. * GRANT, ULYSSES S. ALS ("U.S. Grant"), Dec 30, 1864, about the return of troops to Secretary of War Stanton. * And many others. List available on request.