Very Good. Item #5732
New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1916. Seventeenth Impression. Two volumes. Binding by "The Atelier Bindery for Charles Scribner's Sons," with binder's stamp on verso of front free endpaper.
Octavo; I: xiv, 456pp, II: viii, 456pp. 9 plates each including frontispieces with tissue guards, all present. Three quarter black leather and brown cloth with gilt lettering and borders. Covers lightly shelfworn with a few scuffs to surface, but sturdy and square overall. Bindings are sound and pages unmarked.
John Hay began his political career as a personal secretary and assistant to Abraham Lincoln, then served as Assistant Secretary of State and as Ambassador to the United Kingdom before becoming Secretary of State under both William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt. Hay also spent some time as an Assistant Editor and editorial writer for the New-York Tribune, and wrote and published poetry, a biography of Lincoln, and an anonymously-published novel, The Bread-Winners. This copy from the personal library of journalist and language writer William Safire. [BAL 7806].