LIFE AND PUBLIC CAREER OF GEN. JAMES A. GARFIELD President of the United States

Brisbin, James S. and Balch, William Ralston

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Title: LIFE AND PUBLIC CAREER OF GEN. JAMES A. ...
Publisher: Hubbard Bros. (1880)
Publication Date: 1880
Illustrator: Black & White Illustrations

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Brisbin, Gen. James S. & Balch, William Ralston
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Book Description Hubbard Bros., 1880. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Very Good. Philadelphia, PA; J. C. McCurdy & Co.; 1880; 1st Edition; Hardcover; Very Good with No dust jacket as issued; Very Good Hard Cover. Green cloth with gilt lettering. Binding is tight. Black and white illustrations. Title page, frontis., and first few pages have mild foxing, as do last three pages of text. Rest of pages are clean. 702 pages.; Bookseller Inventory # 0827114

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Brisbin, Gen. James S.; Balch, William Ralston
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Book Description Hubbard Bros, Philadelphia, 1880. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1880. Copyright 1880: Note about the publishing year: There is a one-page message to the reader at the beginning of the book" by listed co-author William Ralston Balch, managing editor of the American, dated July 25, 1881, that states that details of the three weeks up through the assassination have been gleaned from the newspapers necessarily with some haste. Mistakes, I presume there are.as it has not been possible to make accurate history before the historical events, therein described, may be said to belong to the past." 681 pages with 28 B&W illustrations including the frontispiece of Garfield with facsimile signature. 5.5 x 7.75 inches. Dark green cloth with a black stamped border and facsimile signature of "J. a. Garfield" in gilt on the cover. The decorated spine carries the gilt title " Life and Public Services of General Jas. A. Garfield." Close to Very Good. There is wear on the corners of the spine, with a little wear on the end edges. The name of the former owner is stamped in small letters on the pasted end papers and bottom of the text edge and embossed on the title page. The front hinge is firm and protected by a thin strip of hinge cloth. The binding and back hinge are solid and the title on the spine is clear. The text is unmarked and clear and the tissue guard on the frontispiece is fully intact. This title was published by several publishers in 1880 and in 1881--the year Garfield was assassinated. The 1880 versions, the year this book with copyrighted, obviously dealt with information on Garfield's life before the assassination. Hubbard apparently revised its 1880 first edition and added additional material about the assassination. So this book was likely published in 1881. Hubbard Bros is described as "a bible publishing company," but it also published other books. In 1892, the company which had offices in a number of cities, sued Charles L. Webster & Co. after both published a Life of Gen. W. T. Sherman. Hubbard claimed that Webster falsely advertised that one of the authors of the book was writing a book to be published only by them. Bookseller Inventory # KLS768

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Brisbin, James S. and Balch, William Ralston
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Book Description Hubbard Bros. (1880), Philadelphia, PA, 1880. Black & White Illustrations (illustrator). 8vo., 681 pp. Good plus condition-cover frayed at edges/No Dustjacket. Bookseller Inventory # BOOKS18215

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Brisbin, Gen. James S. & Balch, William Ralston
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Book Description Hubbard Bros., 1880. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Very Good. Handsome volume. xiii, 681 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm. Bound in publisher's green cloth. Hardcover. Good binding and cover. Ships daily. Bookseller Inventory # 1705110042

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Brisbin, Gen. James S. & Balch, William Ralston
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Book Description Hubbard Bros., Philadelphia, 1880. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. First Edition. This biography of President Garfield represents a publishing puzzle: According to Brisbin's biographer, Benjamin Foster, Brisbin published his Garfield biography with the title, "From the Towpath to the White House, a Biography of James Garfield," in 1880 in Philadelphia, and also in 1880 in Hartford as "The Early Life and Public Career of James A. Garfield." In 1881, following Garfield's assassination, Hubbard Bros., the Philadelphia publisher, re-issued the book with additional material under the name William Ralson Balch, an editor and journalist, who had covered Garfield's political career and assassination. However, the new edition did not mention Brisbin as author, Balch being credited as sole author, a stance he maintained throughout his life though, according to Foster, his claim was denied by the Library of Congress. Subsequently, our copy of the book was issued, titled on the spine, "Life and Public Services of General Jas. A. Garfield," and "Balch" alone as author. The book's title page has the title as "The Life and Public Career of Gen. James A. Garfield," with Brisbin as author of Garfield's rise from obscurity to Union Army general and then to the presidency, and then, "together" with a full account of his election to the presidency through to his assassination, written by William Ralson Balch. The copyright is still 1880 though Garfield's death was in July,1881, and a brief "To The Reader" note by Balch stating the events surrounding Garfield's death "has been gleaned from the newspapers necessarily with some haste." So the question of authorship of this edition of the book, which can be characterized as a First Edition Thus, remains an open question. 681 pages, 5 1/2 x 7 3/4 inches, green cloth-covered boards with a black stamped border and Garfield's signature in gilt on the front cover and gilt lettering and black decoration on the spine. 28 black & white illustrations including the frontispiece. Boards and spine show very moderate surface and edge wear. Binding is tight, hinges intact. Text edges somewhat soiled and end pages and first few pages front and back of text show light foxing, o/w text is clean, complete and unmarked. Protective frontispiece tissue remains in place. A very scarce biography with a history of its own. Bookseller Inventory # 005405

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