Signed book: Mr. Buchanan's Administration on the Eve of the Rebellion. First edition. NY: D. Appleton & Co., 1866. Hardcover bound in brown cloth, 6.25 x 9.5, 296 pages. Signed and inscribed on the first free end page in crisp ink, "Mr. John Campbell, from his friend, James Buchanan, 15 January 1866." Autographic condition: fine. Book condition: VG/None, with a recased binding, sunning and rubbing to spine and boards, and a "Library of Lawrence E. Miller" blindstamp to a rear page. In 1866, Buchanan published this book—the first-ever presidential memoir—through New York's D. Appleton and Company. In his typical lawyerly fashion, Buchanan offers a vigorous defense of his presidency in an attempt to rehabilitate his reputation after being blamed for failing to prevent the Civil War. A highly desirable signed book that kickstarted the tradition of the presidential memoir. From the Collection of Dr. Lawrence E. Miller.
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