Hardcover, bound in genuine deep blue leather with real 22 kt gold decoration. 691 pages. All edges gilt, silk ribbon marker sewn-in, raised spine. Bibliographical References, Index. Two-page broad-side Collector’s Notes from The Library of the Presidents laid-in loose. First edition thus. A well written and thoroughly researched biography of America’s 29th president of whom the great American historian Richard Hofstadter wrote – he was “a model of normal mediocrity.”. Russell does not demur but shows how “one of the most scrupulously honest politicians ever to have achieved the highest office in America” was undone by personal loyalty and friendship. No previous ownership marks. A clean, fresh, unmarked and like new copy. As new.