FOOTE’S OWN COPY: PUBLISHER’S PRESENTATION COPY TO SHELBY FOOTE OF VOLUME I OF HIS CIVIL WAR, HANDSOMELY BOUND IN FULL MOROCCO, SIGNED BY FOOTE AND WITH HIS NOTES AND FROM HIS LIBRARY
FOOTE, Shelby. The Civil War. A Narrative. Fort Sumter to Perryville. New York: Random House, (1958). Large octavo, contemporary full dark blue morocco gilt, raised bands, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt.
Scarce first edition of Volume I of Foote’s massive, authoritative and engrossing history— this copy specially bound and presented by Random House to the author, inscribed by Foote: “Shelby Foote, Memphis 1959 (presentation copy from the publisher),” with Foote’s additional notes at rear, handsomely bound in morocco gilt by Maurin.
"A sweeping overview of the war from a decidedly different perspective… Foote is a master storyteller of the war, and his accounts are riveting" (Eicher 740). Despite his success in academic circles, Foote was little appreciated by the public until he appeared in Ken Burns' documentary film The Civil War. Burns called him "the presiding spirit of the series" and his contribution to the project made him a cultural icon. "Since that event, Foote has become widely viewed as an authority on the Civil War, and more generally, as a representative of an era and region whose place continues to be central to our country's understanding of itself" (University of Mississippi). "His mission was to tell what he considered America's biggest story as a vast, finely detailed, deeply human narrative… A model of what military history can be" (New York Times). In this handsome presentation copy, Foote has typed an errata list, expanded the Table of Contents (laid in at the rear) and inserted a photograph of himself dated 1957. Dornbusch III:1387. Wright 339.
Minor toning to extremities. An about-fine signed, presentation copy, handsomely bound.