First edition of Fishing and Shooting Sketches by former president Grover Cleveland.
Twelvemo, viii, 209pp. Green cloth, title stamped in gilt on spine and front cover, illustration blind stamped on front cover. Light toning to cloth at the spine, rubbing to lower tips of spine. Frontispiece portrait of former President Cleveland opposite title page, with tissue cover. From the library of American architect Bremer Whidden Pond, with an original etching by Aiden Lassell Ripley. Multiple illustrations by Henry S. Watson. A scarce first edition.
Grover Cleveland (1837-1908) began his unlikely rise to the presidency as the Mayor of Buffalo. Within a year of taking office, he became Governor of New York. He gained national notoriety for fighting political corruption, specifically Tammany Hall in New York City. Cleveland went on to serve the only nonconsecutive presidential terms in history, serving from 1885-1889, then again from 1893-1897. After leaving office, the former president indulged in his lifelong passion for sports, ultimately writing this humorous book, Fishing and Shooting Sketches, two years before his death.