"The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do": FIRST EDITION OF THE COLLECTION OF JEFFERSONS WRITINGS
Memoir, Correspondence, and Miscellanies, from the Papers of Thomas Jefferson. Edited by Thomas Jefferson Randolph.
Item Number: 30005
Charlottesville, VA: F. Carr and Co, 1829.
First edition of the first published collection of Jefferson’s writings, an impressive four-volume work edited by his grandson, Thomas Jefferson Randolph. Octavo, 4 volumes, bound in three quarters calf over marbled boards. With four-page folding facsimile of Jefferson’s manuscript of the Declaration of Independence, and engraved frontispiece portrait after Gilbert Stuart in Volume I & 4. In near fine condition.
Volume one was written by Jefferson at age 77, and includes a journal kept by him while Secretary of State during Washingtons administration. "The rest consists exclusively of a voluminous correspondence, ranging from 1775, after blood had been spilt in Boston, to June 1826, only ten days before his death" (Sabin).