Signed by President Franklin Pierce, the Life and Times of Aaron Burr by J. Parton.
Octavo, xxiii, -706pp, [2pp ads]. Publisher’s original green cloth, title in gilt on spine. Yellow endpapers, with front free endpaper missing. Stable text block. Wear to cloth along bottom boards, wear from handling at spine. Previous ownership blind stamp on last leaf. Housed in custom blue cloth clamshell, title on spine over red morocco label. Inscribed to a young Lewis W. Clark, a member of the New Hampshire Supreme Court. Inscription reads: “From Franklin Pierce to L.W. Clark. Jan’y 7, 1861.” An exceptionally rare book signed by the 14th President of the United States, shortly before the outbreak of the Civil War.
President Franklin Pierce served one term as the 14th President of the United States, from 1853-1857. His support of the Kansas-Nebraska Act sealed his political fate and the Democratic Party dropped him in 1856. He became a vocal critic of President Abraham Lincoln at the onset of the Civil War, which made him unpopular amongst many northerners. He died in 1869.