The first edition of Occasional Addresses with an inscription by the author George H. Williams.
Octavo, 208pp. Full green cloth, trim stamped in blind to covers, title in gilt on front cover. Green patterned endpapers. No additional printings listed. Solid text block, light wear to corners, a near fine example. Includes a frontispiece portrait of the author protected by a tissue guard. Signed by Williams “With his compliments” on the title page below the author statement.
George Henry Williams (1823-1910) had a prolific political career, serving as Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court from 1853-1858, US Senator from Oregon from 1871-1875, and US Attorney General from 1871-1875. In his time as Attorney General under President Ulysses S. Grant, Williams continued prosecutions that shut down the Ku Klux Klan and dealt with election disputes that frequently emerged during Reconstruction.