BIOGRAPHY OF JEFFERSON DAVIS, FIRST EDITION, WRITTEN BY HIS WIFE
(DAVIS, Jefferson) DAVIS, Varina Howell. Jefferson Davis Ex-President of the Confederate States of America. A Memoir by his Wife. New York: Belford, (1890). Two volumes. Thick octavo, original three-quarter red morocco-patterned cloth, all edges marbled. $1200.
First edition of this biography of Jefferson Davis written by his wife, with two facsimile letters, two folding maps and more than 30 plates.
"The greatest value comes from recollections of the personal and social life of the Davises within the Confederate White House during the war. These two volumes draw on an intimate knowledge of Richmond society and the influential characters of Confederate political and military circles. Readers will find valuable portraits of leaders, remembrances of events within the city, and a measure of the spirit of the Confederacy waning around the Davises as the war drew on" (Eicher 155). Owner signatures.
Interior fine, mild wear to publisher's binding. An attractive copy.