Signed book from the personal collection of President James Madison: Clio: or, a discourse on taste. Addressed to a young lady. By I. U. [James Usher]. Second edition. London: T. Davies, 1769. Hardcover (contemporary sheep, spine sparingly gilt), 3.75 x 6, 247 pages. Signed on the title page with his ownership signature in black ink, “James Madison.” Autographic condition: very good, with edge toning to the signed page not affecting the boldness of the signature. Book condition: G/None, with front board detached, edges and joints rubbed, and cracked rear hinge. Accompanied by a custom-made half morocco clamshell case. Provenance: James Madison–James Madison Cutts–The Victor and Irene Jacobs Collection, Sotheby’s, 1996; The Charles E. Sigety Collection, Christie’s, 2015. James Madison Cutts, Jr., who graduated from Brown in 1856 and went on to earn a Medal of Honor for his gallantry during the Civil War, was the grand-nephew of James and Dolley Madison. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.
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