Philadelphia: Hubbard Brothers, 1886. First Edition. Mustard yellow cloth over boards wit titling on spine and cover in black with black and gilt flourish, still bright and attractive. 6' x 8.75", Both volumes xviii, 21-544, with scores of illustrations and sample signatures. Clean, no writing or bookplates, still firmly bound. Cover has early wear through as bottom corners, light wear at tips of spine Vol 2 foredge. Inconsequential foxing on a few random pages, top right tip of first 36 pp. have a light tide mark. From his profession of journalist and official positions as Clerk of the Senate Printing Records and Editor of the Congressional Directory, Perley knew well the "in's and out's" and all the personalities of the Capitol. Very good. Item #1292
"The Democrats, having secured possession of the House of Representatives, organized upward of fifty committees of investigation,which cast their drag-nets over every branch of the Administration, hoping to find some evidence of corruption in which the President had shared; but the most searching investigation failed to connect the name or fame of General Grant with any of this traditional "picking and stealing." (p 306).