New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1866. Second Edition (following small first printing in 1865). Modern black leather with brilliant gilt titling on the spine. 5.75" x 9", pp.[i] - x,  - 296 with 6 pp. of advertisements for Appleton publications. Professionally bound copy of this early anonymous biography. Only occasional foxing spot, semicircle tide mark on top edge from 1/2" deep to smaller, small ding on top of 10 middle pages.
Buchanan was vilified as responsible for the secession of the Confederacy. He spent the last years of his bachelor life defending his reputation. Anonymous publications such as this attempted to right [write] the history of Presidency. Very Good. Item #1306
"But that the Union was designed to be perpetual..." (p 122).