BIOGRAPHY OF HENRY CLAY
BIOGRAPHY OF HENRY CLAY

BIOGRAPHY OF HENRY CLAY

(Hartford: Samuel Hanmer, Jr. and John Jay Phelps, 1831).

A VERY EARLY BIOGRAPHY OF ONE OF THE GREAT AMERICAN STATESMEN; THE "GREAT COMPROMISER" AND ONE OF THE "GREAT TRIUMVIRATE" WHO DOMINATED AMERICAN POLITICS FOR THE FIRST HALF OF THE 19TH CENTURY.
The author was a newspaper editor, writer, and poet who at this time was editor of the Louisville Journal, which he had co-founded. His biting editorials and the savage wit of his replies to detractors helped make the Journal the most widely circulated newspaper in western America.
This biography was written in preparation for Clay's Presidential campaign for the election he would lose to incumbent President Andrew Jackson. Clay had only recently returned to the U.S. Senate after his service as Secretary of State under President John Quincy Adams. This was the third of his four terms in the Senate and which were interspersed with his three terms in the House of Representatives. Item #31239

First edition, and a very early biography of Clay. With an engraved frontispiece portrait of Henry Clay. Small 8vo, in contemporary full mottled calf, the spine with elaborate gilt decoration including gilt tooled flat bands, fanciful gilt tooled compartments and gilt lettering. vi, 304 pp. A surprisingly well preserved example of this scarce early political biography, the text with far less foxing and toning than is normally found on American imprints of this period. There is some expected evidence of age to the original calf, but the binding remains solid and in good order.

Price: $195.00