Extremely rare signed book: A Defense of Fishermen. Limited edition, issued as one of 60 copies ["LX Exemplaria in Usum Amicorum"]. Princeton, NJ: Privately Printed, 1902. Bound in stiff original green cloth with gilt stamping, 6.5 x 9.5, 14 pages. Signed and inscribed on the half-title page in ink, "Hon. Geo. B. McClellan, Grover Cleveland, Dec. 23, 1905." Autographic condition: fine, with a slight stain to the right edge of the signed page. Book condition: VG/None, with light edgewear and slight separation at gutter. In this essay originally published in the Saturday Evening Post, Cleveland humorously touches upon some of fishing's great tropes, explaining why fish stories should be believed, and why the biggest fish is always lost. The recipient of this volume, George B. McClellan, Jr., was the son of the famed Civil War general, and served as mayor of New York City from 1904 to 1909.
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