First edition of Baron G. Cuvier's Discourse on the Revolutions of the Surface of The Globe; From the library of Millard Fillmore with his ownership signature
Discourse on the Revolutions of the Surface of The Globe and the Changes Thereby Produced in the Animal Kingdom.
Cuvier, Baron G.$975.00
Item Number: 88151
Philadelphia: Carey & Lea, 1831.
First edition of the “founding father of paleontology”, french naturalist Georges Cuvier’s classic scientific discourse. Translated from the French. Octavo, bound in full period calf, gilt titles to the spine, black spine label, illustrated. From the library of Millard Fillmore with his ownership signature to the pastedown of the front panel and library bookshelf designation “D-3” to the title page. In very good condition.
The 12th Vice President, United States , Millard Fillmore, was elevated to the presidency in 1850 by the death of President Zachary Taylor. Born into relative poverty in upstate New York, he became a prominent lawyer and politician in the Buffalo area and a Whig as the party formed in the 1830s in opposition to the policies of Andrew Jackson. During the American Civil War, Fillmore was critical of Lincoln's war policies and openly denounced secession, asserting that the Union must be maintained by force if necessary. As President he was instrumental in passing the Compromise of 1850 which led to a brief truce in the conflict between slave and free states which divided the Union and strengthened the Fugitive Slave Act which provided for the return of slaves who escaped from one state into another territory.