DERMOT MAC MORROGH, or the Conquest of Ireland; A Historical Tale of the Twelfth Century. In Four Cantos

(Boston: Carter, Hendee and Co., 1832).

SCARCE FIRST EDITION OF ONE OF ONLY A FEW POEMS EVER PUBLISHED BY AN AMERICAN PRESIDENT. Only a handful a Presidents are known to have written poetry, and even fewer actually had published any of their work. John Quincy Adams is the first to have published a book of poetry, and in 1995 Jimmy Carter became the second. James Madison and Barack Obama, published poems in college literary magazines during their student years.
John Quincy Adams once wrote, "Could I have chosen my own genius and condition, I would have made myself a great poet." Although literary fame would escape the sixth president of the United States, his epic poem Dermot MacMorrogh will be forever remembered as the FIRST book of poetry ever published by a President of the United States of America. Item #29433

Scarce first edition. With the original half-title and blanks, frequently found lacking. 8vo, in a contemporary Philadelphia binding of three-quarter dark-green crushed russia over marbled boards, the spine with gilt ruled bands creating compartments decorated with central gilt tools, one compartment with gilt lettering. 108 pp. A very well preserved copy of this scarce publication, rarely found in either contemporary state or acceptable condition, the text-block is solid, complete and in very good order with, as is always the case, some general minor spotting. The antique binding with some age but still attractive and fully original.

Price: $350.00