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Poems of Shakespeare to Which is Added an Account of His Life
Oliver and Munroe, and Belcher and Armstrong, Boston 1807 - First Separate American Edition (see Jaggard, p. 436). Contemporary full leather binding, octavo, 258 pages. Very scarce American printing of Shakespeare's poems. Two ex-libris bookplates of Benjamin Brown French at front pastedown. An acquaintance of twelve consecutive presidents, from Andrew Jackson to Ulysses S. Grant, Benjamin Brown French (1800Ð1870) was appointed the clerk of the United States House of Representatives in 1845. He left that position in 1847, when he became president of the Magnetic Telegraph Company. French was the chief marshal of the March 1861 inaugural parade of Abraham Lincoln, who reappointed French Commissioner of Public Buildings. In this capacity, he oversaw the funeral arrangements for both young Willie Lincoln (1850Ð1862) and President Lincoln (1809Ð1865). Good, front hinge broken, leather well worn, early owner practiced his Shakespeare signature and his own at title page, text generally clean [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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