Rare publisher’s deluxe binding of Jefferson Davis' The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government
The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government.
Item Number: 95098
New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1881.
Rare publisher’s deluxe binding of Jefferson Davis’ memoirs. Octavo, original cloth. Octavo, bound in full publishers morocco, gilt titles to the spine, marbled endpapers, inner gilt dentelles, all edges gilt, with steel-engraved plates, including frontispiece portraits, wood-engraved plates, maps. In very good condition. The rarest form of Davis’ memoirs as this presentation binding were given to only a select group of people.
Jefferson Davis wrote most of the Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government at Beauvoir, the Biloxi, Mississippi plantation where he was living as a guest of the novelist and wealthy widow, Sarah Ellis Dorsey. Ill with cancer, in 1878 she made over her will and left the plantation to him before her death in 1879. She had already assisted him in his writing, notably with organization, editing and encouragement. Davis was also assisted by his wife, Varina, and his secretary Major W.T. Walthall. He corresponded voluminously with surviving Confederate statesmen and generals, including Judah Benjamin and Jubal Early, for fact checking and details on key issues.