A WEALTH OF U.S. PRESIDENTIAL MATERIAL, IN PUBLISHER'S DELUXE MOROCCO BINDING
(RICHARDSON, James D.). A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents. New York: Bureau of National Literature, (1897, 1923). Twenty volumes. Tall octavo, original full brown pictorial morocco, cartographic endpapers, all edges gilt. $3500.
First editions of the original 12 volumes with early editions of the continuation volumes, illustrated with color frontispieces and numerous plates, many in color, in publisher's deluxe morocco with the White House blind tooled on the front cover and the Washington Monument blind tooled on the spine.
Richardson's purpose in compiling this massive work was to amass in one place what he considered "among the most interesting, instructive, and valuable contributions to the public literature of our Republic. [The Messages and Papers] discuss from the loftiest standpoint nearly all the great questions of national policy and many subjects." Included are inaugural addresses, important speeches before Congress, messages to the American public, and proclamations from George Washington through Calvin Coolidge. The Messages and Papers were updated and reissued periodically; this edition contains the original twelve volumes from 1897 as well as the continuation volumes through 1923, ending with Calvin Coolidge's presidency. With the full encyclopedic index in Volumes XIX and XX.
Interiors fine. Expert restoration to some spines; extremities lightly rubbed. A handsome set in near-fine condition.