Curtis, George Ticknor. Life of James Buchanan, Fifteenth President of the United States (Two volume set). New York: Harper & Brothers, 1883. First Edition. 
Two volumes in publisher's cloth, bindings faded and edge-worn, yet tight. 6 1/2 x 9 inches, top page edges gilt, engraved frontispieces, xiv., 625, viii., 707 clean pp., erratum slip in vol. i. Former library set, labels removed from spines, date due slip and several labels on the front end papers, ink name stamp on the title pages. Vol. i. has thin tidemarks at the edges of the frontispiece. Publisher's adverts at the end of vol. ii. Good. Hardcover.
A thorough biography of the fifteenth US President that incorporates many of his letters, speeches, and statements in full, which renders this set a valuable source of primary material. Written by a contemporary Constitutional lawyer, historian, and political figure - Curtis was co-counsel for Dred Scott when his case reached the Supreme Court.