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S. C. (Stephen Cullen) Carpenter (Creator)

Published by HardPress Publishing (2012)

ISBN 10: 1290516405 ISBN 13: 9781290516402

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From: Ergodebooks (RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)

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About this Item: HardPress Publishing, 2012. Paperback. Condition: Used: Good. Seller Inventory # SONG1290516405

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MEMOIRS OF THE HON. THOMAS JEFFERSON, SECRETARY: Carpenter, Stephen Cullen)

Carpenter, Stephen Cullen)

Published by Printed for the Purchasers (1809)

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From: Mullen Books, ABAA (Marietta, PA, U.S.A.)

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About this Item: Printed for the Purchasers, 1809. Hardbound. Old olive library cloth. Two volumes, title page replaced with typewritten tp in Volume 1. Vol. 1: iii, iv (since title page lacks), 404 pp. Vol. 2: ii, 434 pp. A rare set, sold with all faults as described. An excellent reading or reference set, not for the overly discerning collector however. Could easily be rebound. Appears to have been printed in New York. Howes describes this rare work as "Venomously critical; said to have been suppressed" due to its scathing description of Jefferson's years in public office and his foreign policy once president. A book with a curious history. It was copyrighted by "Thomas Hall" but contains neither the author's nor the printer's name. Tompkins 27: "Suppressed by the printers on account of the libels it contained. Parton calls them 'two octavo volumes of vituperation.' " It is said that the printer, fearing the libel law, submitted the book to a lawyer, Samuel M. Hopkins of Auburn, who, after reading 20 or 30 pages, reported that he found an average of a libel per page. Howes C164; Sabin 11004; Shaw & Shoemaker 17514. Condition is good as follows: Olive green library cloth (ancient) with small "s" on mid-spine of each volume, as well as faint printed call numbers and name of former institution. Mostly uniform age-toning with scattered foxing. A few tiny dogears in volume 2. Formerly in the Apprentices Library, then in the Franklin Lyceum of Wilmington, Delaware, and finally in the Wilmington Institute Free Library, whose bookplate is inside each volume. card-pocket in each volume. Overall tight and clean, a very presentable set of these rare books. Seller Inventory # 132382

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Memoirs of the Hon. Thomas Jefferson, Secretary: CARPENTER, Stephen C.

About this Item: Printed for the Purchasers, [New York], 1809. Hardcover. Complete 2-volume set. 8vo. Half calf and marbled paper over boards, compartments. iv, 404; 434pp. Very good overall. Mild occasional age toning, and some dampstaining to first few leaves of second volume; contemporary ownership signature (William Washington Jr.) penned on title page of both volumes, and this same owner underlines words and phrases sporadically throughout both volumes, also adding the occasional minor margin note. First edition. Altogether a tight and quite handsome set of this early biography. Notes Wright Howes: "Venomously critical; said to have been suppressed for fear of libel suits." Very scarce -- and with a distinguished provenance, coming from the collection of ADLAI E. STEVENSON III (b. 1930), former U.S. Senator, and certainly come to him from the collection of his father, ADLAI E. STEVENSON II (1900-65), two-term Illinois governor and twice presidential candidate; and possibly come to him in turn from his grandfather, ADLAI E. STEVENSON I (1835-1914), vice president of the U.S. under Grover Cleveland. HOWES C 167. Seller Inventory # 31755

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Memoirs of the Hon. Thomas Jefferson, Secretary: Carpenter, Stephen Cullen,

Carpenter, Stephen Cullen, 1753-1830) (Thomas Jefferson)

Published by Printed for the Purchasers, (New York) (1809)

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From: Steven Temple Books (WELLAND, ON, Canada)

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About this Item: Printed for the Purchasers, (New York), 1809. Hardcover. First edition. Title page continues: " With a view of the rise and progress of French influence and French principles in that country. In two volumes." Two volumes, octavo, 21.5 cm. Bound in contemporary calf, maroon titling pieces on spines. pp [2], iv, 404, [2]; [2], (4), 434, [4]. Spines a bit darkened; some rubbing to the sides; endpapers foxed; yellowing and occasional mild foxing in text; damp stain to lower inner margins of Vol. I from endpapers through p. iv; one-third of rear free endpaper of Vol. I torn away; inner hinges cracked; VG pair otherwise, text unworn, joints not cracked, tight in the bindings. "Federalist attack, not authentic memoirs"- No. 241, p. 32, in: Shuffleton, Frank. Thomas Jefferson : a comprehensive, annotated bibliography (1983). Shaw & Shoemaker, 17154. Sabin 11004. "Venomously critical; said to have been suppressed for fear of libel suits. " - Howes C164. Laid in is an old bookseller's catalogue description which states "A considerable edition was published, but the printers became alarmed in view of the stringency of the law of libel at the time, and took advice of a leading attorney, Mr. Samuel M. Hopkins, a young lawyer, in Auburn, N.Y. Mr. Hopkins informed them that ' he found, on an average, a libel on every page.' On this the memoir was suppressed and the edition destroyed, after a few copies only had been sold." Another old catalogue description states it was copyrighted by "Thomas Hall" and "in fact was never published." The work was written and published by author, editor, drama critic, and journalist Stephen Cullen Carpenter, an ardent federalist, who accused Jefferson of being too much under the influence of the French revolutionaries. Carpenter was a pro-English Irishman who fled from trouble with the British army in 1802 or 1803, settling in Charleston, SC, and in 1806 moving his periodical the Monthly Register, Magazine, and Review of the United States to New York. While it seems likely that the book was suppressed, it can't be true that only a few copies were sold before the edition was destroyed as it is not as rare all that today. Still, a better than average copy of a fairly scarce book, a publication worthy of Breibart News. Seller Inventory # 46878

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