Memoir, Correspondence, and Miscellanies, from the Papers of Thomas Jefferson (4 volumes)
Place Published: Charlottesville, VA
Publisher: F. Carr, and Co
Date Published: 1829
Edition: First edition edited by Thomas Jefferson Randolph
Book Id: 42002
466; 500; 519; 532 pp. Octavo [23.5 cm] 1/4 brown cloth with gray paper over boards and printed paper title labels on the spines, as originally issued. Top edges rough-trimmed; other edges deckled. Engraved frontispiece portrait of Thomas Jefferson in volume 4. Indexed. Good only. The extremities are mildly rubbed. Most of the covers have large, but light damp stains. The paper title labels are a bit chipped at the edges, and there are several small splits in the cloth along the joints. The pages are foxed, and have sporadic light tide marks. The largest tide marks measure 4" wide by 1" deep. A couple of the volumes have faint contemporary notations on the preliminary pages. The text blocks are cracked multiple times. The text block of volume 1 is beginning to pull away from the backstrip. Volume 1 is missing p. 193/94. Volumes 2-4 each have a handful of pages which are just hanging on by a thread. There is a small loss from the front flyleaf of volume 3. With a facsimile of the rough draught of the Declaration of Independence at the rear of volume 4.
A set in original bindings of the first publication of Jefferson's letters following his death, published in Charlottesville, and edited by Thomas Jefferson's grandson, in an attempt to take control of his grandfather's legacy. This edition included a small portion of his actual letters, and was carefully edited by Jefferson's family, omitting subjects which were considered controversial.