Signed book: The Cecilian Gift: or, Romances of the Musicians. First edition gift annual. NY: Leavitt & Allen, 1851. Hardcover bound in red cloth with gilt decoration, 5.25 x 7.5, 260 pages. Signed on the front pastedown, "Franklin D. Roosevelt, Hyde Park, Rare: These McRae plates are extraordinarily good engraving for the period." The volume includes illustrations of Handel, Haydn, Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven. Autographic condition: fine, with light staining along the edges of the signed pastedown. Book condition: VG-/None, with a mid-19th century gift inscription to first free end page, some foxing to textblock, spine cloth worn and detached but present, and a "Library of Lawrence E. Miller" blindstamp to the rear wrapper. From the collection of Dr. Lawrence E. Miller.
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