"The history of the reformation is a book for all Christians, or rather for all mankind": First Editions of D'Aubergine's important history of the great reformation; from the library of Millard Fillmore, the first president who established the White House library, with his ownership signature in each volume
History of the Great Reformation of the Sixteenth Century in Germany, Switzerland.
D'Aubigne, J. H. Merle (Millard Fillmore).$7,800.00
Item Number: 81155
New York: Robert Carter & Brothers, 1843-1853.
First edition set of Aubergine’s important history of the protestant reformation from the library of the thirteenth President of the United States, Millard Fillmore, who established the first White House library. Octavo, 5 volumes. Bound in three quarters contemporary black calf over olive green boards, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised tooled bands, marbled endpapers, all edges marbled, engraved frontispiece portrait of Martin Luther with tissue guard present. In very good condition with Millard Fillmore’s ownership inscription and library catalog notes on the title page of each volume, “Millard Fillmore March 26, 1857 Rebound April 16, 1860” who has also crossed out the “J-5” bookshelf designation, replacing it with “G-1” in pencil. An exceptional piece of American history from the President who created the White House Library.
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.