8vo, 500pgs. Full-bound in brown leather, with red leather title label and gilt-stamped titling on spine. Leather is worn down at head/tail of spine; gilt is slightly faded on spine. Rubbing and wear to boards and extremities, boards are sprung. Interior pages have foxing throughout, text is still fully readable.
Dark blue cloth with gilt titles. Spine and board edges sunned with a few faint markings on front board. Wear at spine head/tail and at corner tips, and a faint hint of darker toning at tail edge. Book is solid and interior is clean though toned, and rear free endpaper has a small closed tear at tail edge.
Blue cloth with gilt titles to front and to spine. Extensively water-damaged: front board bowed and discolored, dampstain pervading throughout the text. Front hinge starting.
All 3 vols half bound leather, brown cloth boards, raised bands and gilt to spines. Large-paper set, noted in Howes' US IANA. Numerous plates and throughout. Text clean throughout. Leather boards lightly chipped, esp on spines: Vol 2 has 1 1/2'' piece missing top corner, vol 3 has smaller piece missing bottom corner of spine, and a bit of top corner of board chewed away. Leather joints starting to crack but bindings intact. Gilt lightly chipped but still legible. Volume 1 has damp stain along edges of paper in the last few signatures, remainder of text and boards undamaged.
Red cloth 8vo with gold titles. 2 color maps in front pocket, fold-out railway map, numerous ads & illustrations throughout. Ex-library, few markings. Front hinge weak.
James A. Garfield was one of the most extraordinary men ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back.But the shot didn't kill Garfield. The drama of what hap-pened subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in tur-moil. The unhinged assassin's half-delivered strike shattered the fragile national mood of a country so recently fractured by civil war, and left the wounded president as the object of a bitter behind-the-scenes struggle for power--over his administration, over the nation's future, and, hauntingly, over his medical care. A team of physicians administered shockingly archaic treatments, to disastrous effect. As his con-dition worsened, Garfield received help: Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone, worked around the clock to invent a new device capable of finding the bullet. Meticulously researched, epic in scope, and pulsating with an intimate human focus and high-velocity narrative drive, The Destiny of the Republic will stand alongside The Devil in the White City and The Professor and the Madman as a classic of narrative history.