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Campaign Biographies

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[SCOTT, WINFIELD]. A group of two campaign biographies.

[1] Life of General Scott [caption title]. [Colophon]: New York: C.A. Alvord, Printer, 29 Gold-St; New York: A.H. Jocelyn, Engraver and Electrotyper of Wood-Cuts, 64 John-Street, [1852]. [1] 2-32 pp. 8vo (23 x 15.5 cm), unbound and stitched, as issued. Right margin irregularly trimmed, P. [1] with light stain in left margin, slight water stain in upper right corner.

First edition? Garrett & Goodwin, p. 231.

P. [1] has a woodcut of an equestrian Scott on his charger; the last page has a depiction of Scott’s famous hasty bowl of soup being filled with his various victories. A flattering biography.

[2] General Scott’s Correspondence with Hon. W.L. Marcy, Secretary of War under President Polk [caption title]. [N.p.: ca. 1852]. [1] 2-16 pp. 8vo (25 x 15.5 cm), in double columns, stitched. Creased where formerly folded, some staining and soiling, first leaf separating, a few contemporary pencil notes. Contemporary pencil signature of D. McClure on p. [1].

First edition. Eberstadt 667. Garrett & Goodwin, p. 165.

Prints two letters, one from Scott to Marcy on February 24, 1848, and Marcy’s reply of April 21, 1848. Polite and professional but acerbic. Published to present a negative view of Scott: “The following correspondence is copied from the official records. It proves, more than any other argument could establish, the marked unfitness of General Scott for the duties of the presidency....”


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