Boston: Charles Bowen, 1834. 352pp. plus plates. 19th-century maroon morocco with elaborately blindstamped boards, spine gilt and elaborately stamped in blind, a.e.g. Head of spine chipped, upper joint partially split. Minor occasional foxing to text. Very good. In a maroon half morocco slipcase and chemise, spine gilt. Item #WRCAM56653
Presentation copy, inscribed by John Quincy Adams on the blank cartouche of the engraved presentation leaf: "Louisa C. Smith from J.Q. Adams." Adams was the contributor of an essay entitled "The Plague in the Forest, A Fable," printed on pages 199-203 of this work. Louisa Catharine Smith (1773-1857) was the daughter of Abigail Adams' brother, William Smith, and Louisa Catharine Salmon Smith - and therefore, John Quincy's first cousin. The work itself is a collection of stories, poems, musings, and other short works related to the holidays. At the time the work was published, Adams was serving Massachusetts in the House of Representatives, five years after his one term as President ended in 1829.
This copy last appeared in the market at the Sang Sale in 1985. A special, familial presentation copy from the sixth president and current Congressman to his first cousin.