Lot 28: MILLARD FILLMORE Signed Religious Book from his Library with penciled notations
29 October 2016
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USALive Auction
Millard Fillmore Signed Religious Book From His Library
MILLARD FILLMORE (1800-1874). Thirteenth President of the United States, serving from 1850 until 1853, and the last member of the Whig Party to hold that office.
1858-Dated Book titled, "Vestiges of the Spirit-History of Man" by S.F. Dunlap, Signed "Millard Fillmore," Very Fine. Fully inscribed vertically on the inside cover, "Millard Fillmore / July 6, 1859 / $5.25", 404 pages, measures 6" x 9.25", New York: D. Appleton and Company. Original green cloth Hardcovers, having a gilt lettered on spine. Inside cover and opposite front free-endpaper are lightly rectangularly soiled. The text block is separated into two sections between pages 208 & 209, and have detached from the spine; a few small sections are loose. This may have been as the result of the publisher's pasting of a three line addendum in the right margin of page 209. On the title page, Fillmore has penned the book's location on his library shelf "G-3."
Additionally, Fillmore has made pencil notations in the margins: "Domestic gods" (p5), "Spirits of the defeated" (p7), drawn hand pointing to "Ariel" which he's underlined (p109), hand pointing to reference to Zoroastrian religion about the third night after death writing "Why the 3d?" (p216), with bracketed paragraphs on many pages discussing different religions.