Lot 24: Woodrow Wilson Book Set
10th October 2018
Signed book set: A History of the American People, Volume I. Alumni edition, limited issue, numbered 9/350. NY: Harper & Brothers, 1902. Hardcover, 7 x 10.25, 350 pages. Neatly signed on the colophon in fountain pen, "Woodrow Wilson." Complete with Volumes II, III, IV, and V, all of which are unsigned. Autographic condition: fine, with two paperclip impressions to the top of the signed page. Book condition: VG/None, with light soiling to exterior, creasing and chips to paper spine labels, a cracked front hinge to the signed volume, loose tissue guards, and fraying at spine ends. The culmination of a series of articles written for Harper's, Wilson published the complete five-volume History in 1902; this set includes all five volumes, with the subtitles 'The Swarming of the English,' 'Colonies and Nation,' 'The Founding of the Government,' 'Critical Changes and Civil War,' and 'Reunion and Nationalization.' The books are comprehensively illustrated with portraits of the personalities referenced, facsimiles of their handwriting, maps of important locations, and other interesting images. At the time of publication, Wilson had recently been elevated from professor of history and politics at Princeton to president of the university.
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