Boston: Little, Brown, 1856. Later plain wrappers, stitched, 50pp. Written in ink on the title page, "President Fillmore With the best respects of Edward Everett." Very Good.
Everett's lecture occurred during the 1856 presidential year when Fillmore, who had succeeded to the presidency in 1850 upon the death of Zachary Taylor and served until 1853, was running for that office on the American or Know-Nothing ticket. Everett orates-- at length, as was his wont-- on the early history of Albany, the progress of the science of Astronomy and its study in 18th century America, the public's contributions to Astronomy in the form of Observatories and education, and the progress of science and the useful arts in America. This must be one of the only Everett discourses that Sabin did not record.
FIRST EDITION. Not in Sabin, Eberstadt, Decker. Item #19733