“ALL MY BOOKS, PAPERS AND LETTERS WERE 'CAPTURED' AND ACCESS TO THEM IS DENIED TO ME”
DAVIS, Jefferson. Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government. New York, 1881. Two volumes.
First edition of Jefferson Davis’ seminal history of the Confederacy, one of the most important works on the Civil War written by one of the conflict’s primary figures, and one of the major arguments for the Constitutional basis of the war, with 18 maps (14 folding, four in-text) and 19 plates, including stipple-engraved portraits of Davis, members of the presidential staff, General Lee, and others. This copy together with a two-page autograph letter signed by Davis, penned in 1878, describing the hardship of writing this very history, "because all my books, papers and letters were 'captured' and access to them denied to me." $8200.