Memoirs, Correspondence, and Private Papers ... Edited by Thomas Jefferson Randolph
4 volumes, 8vo
by JEFFERSON, Thomas (1743-1826)
London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, 1829. 4 volumes, 8vo. (8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches). Portrait frontispiece in India paper, 4-page folding facsimile of Jefferson's hand-written preamble to the Declaration of Independence. Uncut. Minor foxing. Early 20th century half maroon morocco and cloth covered boards, spine panelled and lettered in gilt, top edge gilt First London edition of the first publication of Jefferson's papers after his death. First published by F. Carr in Charlottesville in 1829, subsequent editions were published in London, Boston, and Paris. The work was edited by Thomas Jefferson Randolph, Thomas Jefferson's oldest grandson and the executor of his estate. "These volumes begin with a short fragment concerning (Jefferson) himself, drawn up at the age of seventy-seven: and close with a still shorter 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 at Boston, to June, 1826, ten days only before his death ... The contents of these volumes are not embraced in the congressional publications" (Sabin). Sabin 35891.
(Inventory #: 32686)
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