Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, . Hardcover. Small 4to. Rebound in dark blue cloth with gilt spine lettering (and "Union League Club" giltstamped at spine tail). vi, 519pp. Top edge gilt. Very good. Faintest of binding edgewear; text block faintly age toned, with stain to outer page edges. Item #47362
Not the first trade edition, but early and quite nice, of this famed autobiography by the noted historian (1838-1918) and member of the distinguished Adams clan of Massachusetts -- son of diplomat/politician/writer Charles F. Adams Sr., grandson of John Quincy Adams, great-grandson of John Adams. He published it privately in 1907, then just after his death in 1918 a regular trade edition became available and it promptly won the 1919 Pulitzer Prize. This attractive copy bears a choice autograph addition: Tipped to the blank leaf facing the title page is a 4" X 6" turn-of-the-century frontispiece portrait of Henry's father, Charles Francis Adams Sr., and below this an irregularly-trimmed (roughly 4" X 3") envelope portion addressed by Charles F. Adams Sr. ("Dr Beyland / 7 Rue d'Anjou / Paris") and boldly signed by him at lower left. Tipped to front pastedown is another turn-of-the-century book illustration (7" X 5"), a glossy reproduction of a small group seated amidst ruins, captioned "Chapter House, Wenlock Abbey, Shropshire / (Henry Adams at left)." Interesting copy.