New York: J.B. Ford & Co., Printing-House Square, 1868. First Edition. Hardcover. First printing, octavo size, 624 pp., with a short chapter on Yosemite and the Big Trees. Very good. Item #CNFBV14
Horace Greeley (1811-1872) was a man of many parts, but is chiefly remembered today for having founded the newspaper the "New-York Tribune", which was incredibly influential in its day - in fact, the journalist Bayard Taylor stated that its influence in the Midwest "was second only to that of the Bible."
In addition to being a powerful newspaperman Greeley also dabbled in politics, being the unsuccessful candidate in the 1872 president election against the incumbent - President Ulysses S. Grant.
Being so well-known, it is natural that his views on various subjects would be of interest to many. This volume, while titled "reminiscences of...politics" covers a wide range of subjects. As Greeley himself says in the foreword (titled "Apology"): "[t]hese recollections owe their existence wholly to an impulse external to their author, who, of his own choice, writes on many topics, himself not included." While many of the opening chapters deal with his boyhood and youth, other chapters discuss "Socialism", "Beggars and Borrowers", "Mining", "Europe", "The Slavery Controversy", "The Rocky Mountains", etc - ending with his views on "Marriage and Divorce".
Some of the highlights (at least to this bookseller) include his chapters on "The Sierra Nevada - The Yosemite - The Big Trees" and "The Future of California"; he speaks of Yosemite as "the grandest marvel of the continent." A fascinating glimpse into the world from the eyes of a knowledgable and influential nineteenth-century newspaperman.
___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full green cloth, gilt vignette of a beehive on the front board, debossed blind ruled border on both boards, back board with the same beehive vignette debossed in blind, gilt lettering on the spine, top edge stained brown, brown coated endpapers, tissue-guarded frontis a portrait of the author engraved by J. Rogers after a photograph by [Mathew] Brady, publisher's device on title page, in addition to several in-text illustrations the volume contains one facsimile letter and two tissue-guarded full-page wood-engravings, one titled "My House in the Woods" and the second "My Present Home", vintage bookseller's ticket on rear pastedown ("Nedwick's Book Store" in Chicago, IL); octavo size (8 7/8" by 6 1/8"), pagination: [i-vii] viii-xv [xvi, blank] [facsimile letter inserted] 18-624.
___CONDITION: Very good, with clean boards, the gilt vignette and lettering bright and unrubbed, straight corners, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, and the interior is clean and bright; some rubbing to the corners (most noticeable at the bottom corners), rubbing with some fraying of the cloth to the head and tail of the spine (most noticeable at the front joint at the head of the spine), a few barely discernible prior owner (or vintage bookseller) markings in pencil to the front free endpaper and the rear pastedown, and on a few scattered pages light spots of foxing or very light soil. A solid copy, really a bit better than very good but due to the few binding issues we are grading as very good..
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