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.
Category Archives: James A. Garfield
Extremely rare partly-printed DS as president, one page, 17 x 14, February 16, 1881. President Garfield appoints John A. Hubbard to the position of Postmaster of Lockport, New York. Signed at the conclusion in black ink by Garfield, and countersigned by Postmaster General Thomas L. James. Beautifully archivally double cloth matted and framed with a portrait to an overall size of 34 x 21. Intersecting folds, some light toning and mirroring of seal and ribbon to right side of document (a portion of which is over the signature, but does not affect the clarity or legibility at all), and some scattered light creases, otherwise fine condition. The gold foil seal is toned, but intact, and retains its original bright red ribbons.
Garfield died just 200 days into his presidency, but hit the ground running when it came to making a plethora of appointments. Mistakenly dated about three weeks before Garfield actually assumed the high office on March 4, 1881, this oversight was most likely a casualty of the hectic environment surrounding the rigors of political nominations and appointments. Interestingly enough, when he took office, the Post Office Department was the largest department in the federal government—and highly prone to corruption—an embarrassment to both the president and his Republican Party. Documents signed by Garfield while in office are extremely rare, ranking second only to William Henry Harrison in scarcity. Oversized.
This item is listed online only and does not appear in our print catalog. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RRAuction COA.