James A. Garfield Signed book The Poetical Works of John Milton

13 Apr

Signed book: The Poetical Works of John Milton. London: T. Nelson and Sons, 1853. Hardcover, 4.5 x 6.5, 523 pages. Signed on the first free end page in ink, “J. A. Garfield, Hiram. June 1st 1857.” Garfield’s 2.5 x 1.5 personal bookplate, “Inter Folia Fructus Library of James A. Garfield,” is affixed to the front pastedown, with Garfield also writing “Copperheads,” in pencil on the rear pastedown. Autographic condition: very good, with soiling and dampstaining to the signed page. Book condition: G+/None, in a VG+ case. Accompanied by a custom-made clamshell box. Garfield was a voracious reader who amassed a large collection of books. The first Presidential memorial library, completed at the Lawnfield estate in Ohio by First Lady Lucretia Garfield four years after her husband’s assassination, houses almost 3,000 books that were used and treasured by the 20th president. More than two decades ago, several dozen of his books were de-accessioned, with this personal volume among them. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA.


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