Bryan, William Jennings.
THE FIRST BATTLE: A Story of the Campaign of 1896.
Chicago: W.B. Conkey Co., 1896.
4to, cloth, 629 pp. Front cover features portrait of Bryan and facsimile signature. Frontise portrait of Bryan. Photographic illustrations throughout. Biographical sketch of Bryan by Mary Baird Bryan (wife). Bryan's personal narrative of the 1896 campaign.
After losing the presidency to McKinley, Bryan understood that if he were to remain a political player on the national stage, he and the cause of Free Silver had to remain before the public. This book, with its suggestive title (a first battle implies subsequent battles) was on its way to the publisher before the year was out, and was effectively an advertisement for his candidacy in 1900. Key addition to your general political or Bryan library. We offer a choice, clean copy.