Jefferson, Thomas. Memoirs, Correspondence, and Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Late President of the United States. Edited by Thomas Jefferson Randolph. London: Henry Coleburn and Richard Bently: 1829. First UK edition four volume set with period binding. Housed in custom archival slipcase.
This first UK edition of Memoirs, Correspondence, and Papers of Thomas Jefferson was written by Jefferson, himself, and edited by his grandson, Thomas Jefferson Randolph. Originally published in Charlottesville, VA in 1829, Randolph first published the work abroad in London and Paris the same year. Volume I provides a lithograph of Jefferson after Gilbert Stuart’s portrait pasted opposite the title page. The work includes a four page facsimile of Jefferson’s original draft of the Declaration of Independence, showing the late president’s handwriting and edits by the Committee of Five. All four volumes are presented together in a custom made archival slipcase.
Jefferson began writing his memoir on January 6, 1821 for his family and descendants rather than the public. The memoir lacks his typical polished diction used in his professional writings and gives a fantastic insight into the personality of the young nation’s third president. The majority of the volumes are made up of Jefferson’s correspondences with other notable figures such as George Washington and Patrick Henry. Generally, the letters range from 1774 and 1786 and cover topics such as the formation of the U.S. government, the Revolutionary War, and the hotly debated political boundaries of the time. Hand-picked by Randolph from over 70,000 papers Jefferson left his grandson, this four-volume set includes some of the most high-profile topics of Jefferson’s life.
Overall very good condition for age. All four volumes have full leather boards and tight bindings. The 1829 set has some foxing on the end papers and title pages, but is internally clean. Pasted to the first endpapers of volumes III and IV is the Thomas Lee Norman family crest, possibly the first owner of the set, however volume I and II have had them removed. The set is housed in a custom made archival slipcase decorated on the front with a portrait of Jefferson.
Dimensions: 9.25” H x 6” W x 5.25” D (with slipcase)
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