Fry, J. Reese. A Life of General Zachary Taylor; comprising a Narrative of Events connected with his Professional Career, derived from Public Documents and Private Correspondence; and Authentic Incidents of his Early Years, from materials collected by Robert T. Conrad. With an original and accurate portrait and eleven elegant illustrations of the Battles of Fort Harrison, Okee-cho-bee, Palo Alto, Resaca de la Palma, Monterey, and Buena Vista, &c., &c. Philadelphia: Grigg, Elliot & Co., 1848.
Black cloth stamped blind & gilt, a few dings to the edges and wear at the corners and ends, 5 x 7 3/4 inches, 332 pp., foxing, engravings dark, some old stains. Fair. Hardcover. 
A Life of Zachary Taylor was written when he was the Whig candidate for President of the United States, winning the election and serving from March 1849 until his death in July 1850. Taylor was a national hero as a result of his victories in the Mexican-American War of 1846-1848.
He was raised on a plantation in Kentucky, commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army in 1808, and served with distinction as a captain in the War of 1812. He was a colonel in the Black Hawk War of 1832, and his success in the Second Seminole War (1835-1843) earned him the nickname of "Old Rough and Ready."
Taylor's brilliant victories during the War with Mexico increased his fame, and he was recruited by the Whigs to run for President.