[HAMILTON, Alexander]. A book from Hamilton's library, signed four times and with ink markings and underlinings in the text: POWELL, John Joseph. An Essay on the Learning of Devises from their Inception by Writing, to their Consummation by the Death of the Devisor. London: P. Uriel et al, 1788.
Thick 8vo, pp.xii, 727, , old calf (back cover still present) renewed in modern tan levant morocco, new endleaves (stains to titlepage and margins of next four leaves, scattered foxing, piece torn from top margin of pp.58-59), enclosed in a half tan morocco slipcase with gilt-lettered label. ALEXANDER HAMILTON'S COPY, SIGNED FOUR TIMES: on the title-page ("Alexr. Hamilton") and on pages [iii], , 31, 98 ("Alexander Hamilton"), with notes, underlinings or other marks (by Hamilton?) on 13 text pages.
FROM HAMILTON'S LIBRARY: A TREATISE ON THE LAW OF WILLS AND ESTATES
An exhaustive treatise on wills and the division of estates under English common law, owned and used by the influential first Secretary of the Treasury and bearing multiple ownership inscriptions. If acquired at the time of publication, the volume may have been in Hamilton's possession during the late stages of the writing, with John Jay and James Madison, of the 85 essays later collected under the title The Federalist (1788) and generally known as The Federalist Papers. The markings in the text include simple underlinings (as on p.294, the words "trustees" and "trust"), small pointing hands (as on pp.443, 465, 466 and elsewhere), and faint pencilled notes (as on p.145, possibly in Hamilton's hand).
Books from the Library of Washington's First Treasury Secretary are uncommon.