Irving Brant, James Madison, 6 volume Biography, 1st Eds.


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Irving Brant’s six-volume, James Madison (published 1941-1961). Over twenty years publishing, including first edition volumes! James Madison is a distinguished work by an eminent historian, that is highly readable and with impeccable scholarship. This remains the definitive and classic portrait of Madison, the Father of our Constitution.

Volume I: James Madison The Virginia Revolutionist (1941) first edition not stated. Covers Madison’s life from 1751-1780.

Volume II: James Madison The Nationalist, 1780-1787 (1948) stated first edition. Madison’s career up until the Constitutional Convention.

Volume III: James Madison Father of the Constitution, 1787-1800 (1950) stated first edition. This volume has always been particularly difficult to obtain in first edition. A key to compiling a true first edition set.

Volume IV: James Madison Secretary of State, 1800-1809 (1953) stated first edition. Madison’s work as Thomas Jefferson’s chief diplomat.

Volume V: James Madison The President, 1809-1812 (1956) first edition not stated. The story of Madison’s first term in the presidency. This volume never had a statement of printing.

Volume VI: James Madison Commander in Chief, 1812-1836 (1961) stated first edition. The story of “Mr. Madison’s War,” and his life as an elder statesman.

This magnificent set is the product of over twenty years writing and publishing by Brant and The Bobbs-Merrill Company. Since the books were issued as they were written, full sets of first editions in dust jackets are exceedingly scarce.

Brant, Irving. JAMES MADISON. Indianapolis: Bobb-Merrill, 1941-1961. First editions, six volumes, frontispieces, illustrations. All volumes in very good condition with dust jackets, Vols 2 & 5 have price clipped dj.