New York: G.P. Putnam & Co, 1854. Cloth. Very Good +. Issued as a companon to 1853's "Homes of American Authors", the 1854 1st edition of "Homes of American Statesmen" is particularly notable --even historic-- as the first American book to use an original photograph as an illustration. The photograph in question, a frontispiece caloptype of John Hancock's house in Boston, is captioned in pencil: "Hancock House Boston--an original sun picture", assuring, as such, that it's the genuine 1st issue of the 1st edition. A tight, solid copy to boot: handsome and VG in its light-green cloth, with decorative blindstamping and gilt-design to the front panel and lightly-faded gilt-letttering along the spine. Creasing at the front free endpaper, light foxing to the preliminaries, otherwise very clean. Thick octavo, wood engravings thruout as well as facsimilies of autographed letters. Aside from its place in American publishing history, this book is of interest for its excellent accounts of great statesmen at home. The articles on Clay, Calhoun, Adams, Franklin, Washington, Jefferson, Hancock, Henry, Madison, Hamilton, Jay, Marshall, et al were written by major authors and editors of the day such as Greeley, Griswold, Child, Thayer, etc. (Welling, Swann/Marshall, pg. 182; Truthful Lens, pg. 87; Thompson, pg. 129). (Inventory #: 13281)
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