Publisher: Boston: Little, Brown, 1877.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: BAL 8; Howes A-51.
Condition: Cloth a little worn; text block slightly browned; very good copy, enclosed in a clamshell box.
Book ID: 27999
Description8vo, original rust-brown cloth, gilt lettering.
CommentsThe first major work by Henry Adams (1838-1918), and a precursor to his famous histories of the United States. Documents of New England Federalism is a remarkable chronicle of the events and correspondence involving the rise and fall of the Federalist Party, which supported Alexander Hamilton's fiscal policies and a strong central government. The Federalist Party was out of power by 1820, but left an important legacy. The only president to serve as a member of the party was John Adams. Prominent among those discussed in Documents of New England Federalism is George Cabot (1752-1823), the well-known New Englander and the great grandfather of historian and politician Henry Cabot Lodge (1850-1924). Lodge and Adams were lifelong friends from their days at Harvard. Lodge is acknowledged in the second paragraph of Adams's preface as the author of the Life and Letters of George Cabot. This is the copy presented to Lodge by Adams: inscribed on the front blank "H.C.L. / from / H.A. / Dec. 20th 1877." Bookplate of Henry Cabot Lodge on the front paste-down, and notes in pencil on the rear blank, presumably Lodge's. The December 20th date is two days earlier than the inscribed copy noted in BAL. Henry Adams presentations are uncommon, particularly on his earlier works.