"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: 82323
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, engraved frontispiece portrait after Gilbert Stuart in Volume I. In very good 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).