First edition, first printing (per publisher's requisite "First Edition" statement upon copyright page). xxx, 545 pages plus unpaged b/w plates. Hardcover; H 22.25cm x L 15.25cm. Dust jacket lightly rubbed, nicks and slight scuffing at spine and flap ends, mild soiling to rear panel; dj now presented in a mylar Brodart protector. Blue cloth with vibrant gilt stamping, spine ends lightly bumped. Light blue-green top edge. With frontispiece, Introduction, Chronology, b/w plates, Select Critical Bibliography, Long Notes, and Index. A still fairly crisp near fine copy in a very good dust jacket. The third volume of University of Virginia historian Dumas Malone's lauded six volume biography of President Thomas Jefferson which won the 1975 Pulitzer Prize for History. Laid-in is an autographed letter signed (i.e. ALS) from Dumas Malone to "Mr. Rosenberger" (historian Francis Coleman Rosenberger). Single sheet, H 21cm x L 14.75cm, faintly toned and folded horizontally in half. Letterhead of the Salzburg Seminar in American Studies, Salzburg, Austria. Seventeen lines of handwritten text: "August 6, 1952. | Dear Mr. Rosenberger: | Your letter of Jul 23 finally reached | me here. I think the History Book | Club might well [consider?] the | Jefferson Reader. The person to | write is | . . . | I won't be back till Sept. 23, | but I'll drop him a line + tell | him I myself like the idea. . . . | Dumas Malone." Brief but intriguing content in that the letter references THE JEFFERSON READER compiled and edited by Rosenberger prior to its 1953 publication by E.P. Dutton. Rosenberger also edited many annual volumes of the Columbia Historical Society which are a treasure trove of Washington DC local history. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: JEFFERSON AND THE ORDEAL OF LIBERTY. ...
Publisher: Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1962.
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