BELLE OF THE FIFTIES, MEMOIRS OF MRS. CLAY [VIRGINIA CLAY CLOPTON] OF ALABAMA

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Put into narrative form by Ada Sterling. Published by Doubleday, Page & Company, New York: 1905. Ex-library. Front eps, owner book plate. 388 pp., ills., plates. In black leather, 8.75 x 6”, w/raised bands and gilt spine lettering. Spine exhibits wear, a slight seam tear in upper left corner. Else VG. Fine reading copy. Virginia Clay was the wife of the Alabama senator Clement Claiborne Clay, and was on the scene in 1850s Washington and 1860s Richmond. Very much a part political upper crust world among whom that Mary Chesnut moved and was to describe in her own famous diary.  [jp]

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