Fables of La Fontaine. Translated from the French [ex dono John Quincy Adams, Signed Twice]. John Quincy ADAMS, Jean de LA FONTAINE, Elizur Wright Jr., transl.

Fables of La Fontaine. Translated from the French [ex dono John Quincy Adams, Signed Twice]

Boston: White and Potter, 1848. A very late Adams signature which must have been accomplished in the last few months of his life. The title-page date of 1848 suggests that the book would have come off the press no earlier than November or December of 1847; Adams suffered a fatal cerebral hemorrhage on the floor of the House of Representatives in February, 1848. Though La Fontaine's Fables are mentioned sporadically in Adams's published diaries – he appears to have returned to them regularly throughout his life – we find no direct reference to this edition, nor to whom the volumes might have been given. Seventh edition. Two volumes bound as one; 19th-c. half morocco over marbled boards; 247,5,290pp. Each title page signed in ink: "Ex dono, J.Q. Adams." Binding slightly scuffed; scattered foxing to text; first title page with 1/4" loss along full length of outer margin, not affecting Adams's signature. Later ownership signature ("R & DG Siegel") in ink to front pastedown.

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