Lot 30: James A. Garfield

RR Auction

RR Auction

2015-07-07 10:59:48

Lot 30: Signed book: A Practical Introduction to Latin Prose Composition. NY: D. Appleton & Company, 1850. Hardcover, 5 x 7.5, 356 pages. Inscribed on the first free end page by Garfield in pencil, "Presented to J. A. Garfield by Spencer J. Fowler—as a premium for his scholarship in the Latin class of Geauga Seminary, Oct. 1850," adding, "No. 19" at the top. He also penciled two Latin words, "moriasis" and "lundetur," on page 35, over the printed text "die" and "praised" respectively. Garfield's personal bookplate is also affixed to the front pastedown. Autographic condition: very good, with irregular toning and slight dampstaining to the first free end page. Book condition: VG-/None (rebacked). 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.Please email Erika.Rosenfeld@RRAuction.com for a complete description of the book's condition. RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 456 Wednesday, 15th July 2015 Estimate: $800-1200
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