Albany: R.E. Churchill, Photographer, 1872.
First edition. Quarto. Contemporary full morocco decorated and titled in gilt. Rebacked with original spine laid down and the joints reinforced, very good. Printed title page and 35 large (5.75" x 7.5") albumen portraits of New York State Senators, on printed thick card leaves with the signatures of the subjects on the mounts below the portrait. Senator C.H. Adams' copy with his name gilt stamped on the front board. There is one additional, unsigned portrait laid in of Senator Adams. A photographic and autographic record of the New York State governing legislative body. Included among the worthies are Governor John T. Hoffman (the last Mayor of New York City to be elected Governor Signed on the mount), Lt. Governor and President of the Senate Allen C. Beach (Signed on the mount), and the infamous William M. "Boss" Tweed from the Fourth Senatorial District in New York City (Signed on the mount). This session proved Tweed's final public office with his re-election the result of overwhelming popularity within his district, despite a brewing scandal that lead to his arrest a month after the election. Presumably issued only for members of the Senate and other state luminaries, and as thus very uncommon. OCLC locates no copies of these volumes, although they do locate a single copy of a volume for the previous Senate session (1870-1871; at Columbia) and a single copy of the following session (1874-1875; at New York Public Library).