Cambridge: Printed by Hilliard and Metcalf, 1823. 67pp. Modern half calf with green cloth boards, spine with raised bands and compartments stamped in blind with burgundy morocco gilt label. Light shelf wear. Contemporary inscription in upper margin of titlepage. Titlepage trimmed (affecting inscription), chip to right margin of titlepage, occasional light foxing. Library stamps on titlepage and final page, light pencil annotations throughout. Very good. Item #WRCAM56570
A fascinating printing of several legal documents pertaining to the donation of land to the village of Quincy, Massachusetts, by John Adams near the end of his life, and an important catalogue of his library, which he also gave to his home town in 1822. Remarkably, his collection is still intact, and is housed in the Special Collections of the Boston Public Library, to where it was moved in 1894. Today, the library claims it as the largest collection still together from that critical period of American history. The original donation catalogued in this text consisted of 2,756 volumes across a wide number of topics including literature, history, law, politics, science and religion. Adams gave his library to the town on the condition that a catalogue be made and printed, and that the books be for the use of a preparatory school to be constructed on the donated property. The letters documenting those gifts precede the library catalogue in this work.
A quite interesting publication that chronicles the legacy building efforts of the second President of the United States, and that provides the original catalogue for his sizable book collection. SHOEMAKER 11529. SABIN 255, 67288.