POLK, James Knox. The Diary of James K. Polk During His Presidency 1845 to 1849, Now First Printed from the Original Manuscript in the Collections of the Chicago Historical Society. Edited and Annotated by Milo Milton Quaife. Chicago: By A. C. McClurg & Co, 1910. 4 vols. Vol. I: [i-vi] vi-xxxii, 1-498 pp., frontispiece, 1 plate; Vol. II: , 1-494 pp., frontispiece; Vol. III:  1-508 pp., frontispiece; vol. IV:  1-462 pp., frontispiece. 8vo (23.5 x 16 cm), original beige linen over drab blue boards printed paper spine labels. Slight darkening to spines and light soiling to binding, otherwise fine. Mostly unopened.
First edition, limited edition (500 copies). Connor & Faulk 683. Garrett & Goodwin, p. 242. Howes P445.
Personal and political diary, August 1845-June 1849. Covers his presidency, Mexican-American War, acquisition of Oregon, and conquest of California and the Southwest. An intimate picture of Polk’s likes and dislikes, political and personal; an exceedingly valuable political document, with long, detailed, and carefully written entries. A basic document for the Mexican-American War.
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