ELEVEN BOOKS FROM THE PERSONAL LIBRARY OF ROBERT E. LEE, JR. - 2 SIGNED, 2 INSCRIBED TO HIM AS PRESENTATION COPIES

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[1] Justin McCarthy, A HISTORY OF OUR TIMES: From the Accession of Queen Victoria to the General Election of 1880. New York: Harper & Bros, n.d. 2 vol.s. 559, 682pp. Green glazed cl., w/gilt sp. lettering. Vol. 1 front eps signed in penciled inscription: "R.E. Lee/ From "The Countess" / Romancock"/ June 1st 1880"; Vol. 2 front eps signed "R.E. Lee/ From " The Countess", June 1st 1881." Light wear & rubbing at the extremities. Else VG.

 

[2] William Whitman Bailey, POEMS. Providence: Preston & Rounds Co., 1909. 186pp. Blue cardboard covers w/glazed cloth sp. & white sp. label, measuring 8 x 5.25". Inscribed in ink in front eps: "Robert E. Lee/ from his affectionate/ schoolmate/ William Whitman Bailey/ New Years-1910." Light wear & rubbing at the extremities, w/patch of spotting. Else VG.

[3] Paul Celiere, THE STARTLING EXPLOITS OF DR. J.B. QUIES. New York: Harper & Bros., 1886. 328 pp., ills. Blue glazed cl. W/silver & gold cover & spine artwork & lettering., 5.75 x 8.25". Front eps presentation: "To Robt E. Lee/from/ T.H. N./ wishing him some pleasant hours". The book is a late Victorian novelistic flight of adventurous fancy. Light wear & rubbing at the corners & extremities. Else VG and attractive.

[4] Mary Johnston, LEWIS RAND. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1908. 510pp. ills. Brown glazed cl., 8.25 x 5.75', w/ gilt cover lettering. A historical novel dealing in early federalist era (1790s) intrigue. Sp. & corners bumped, light foxing at margins. Else VG.

[5] George A. Martin, ed. FARM APPLIANCES/ A PRACTICAL MANUAL. New York: G. Judd Co., 1888. 198pp. 250 ills. Dark blue glazed cl. W/ gilt sp. lettering. Intriguing volume of late Victorian farming implements. Sp. exhibits light rubbing, head & foot, w/ some wear at the extremities. Else VG.

[6] Andrew Lang, ed. THE PINK FAIRY BOOK. New York: Longman's, Green, and Co., 1907 (reprint of 1897 ed. 356 plus pages, ills. Red glazed cl., w/gilt edges, measuring 7.5 x 5". Fairy-tale anthology edited by eminent turn of-turn-the-century English author. Exhibits faded covers, w/weak center spine signatures, & missing final pages from final story. Also light rubbing and wear at the extremities. Else Good.

[7] Jonathan Swift, DEAN SWIFT'S CHOICE WORKS. London: Chatto & Windus, 1897. 678pp. Dark blue glazed cloth, 5.25 x 7.75", w/ gilt cover & sp. lettering. An attractive anthology of pieces from Swift's major works. Spine faded w/light chipping head foot & along front edge. Else VG.

[8] William J Locke, THE FORTUNATE YOUTH. New York: John Lane Co., 1913-14. 352 pp. ills. Green glazed cl., w/shamrock illustrated cover & gilt cover & sp. lettering. 5.5 x 8". Edwardian novel of British manners. Some rubbing & wear at the extremities, w/ one small circular scratched patch on cover. Else VG.

[9] Rev. John L. Underwood. THE WOMEN OF THE CONFEDERACY. New York: Neale Publishing Co., 1906. 313 pp. Grey glazed cl. w/green bordering & gilt cover & sp. lettering. 9 x 6.25". Book features excerpts from a variety of sources, & is generally regarded today as overly sentimental. Spine exhibits light soiling, just as the covers display patches of scouring. Else VG.

[10] THE GARDEN OF A COMMUTER'S WIFE, RECORDED BY THE GARDENER. New York: MacMillan, 1904. 354pp, ills. Dark green glazed cl. w/ illustrated flowered covers & spine in silver & white. A tale of gardening & its many tribulations & satisfactions. Slight wear at the extremities. Else VG.

Robert E. Lee Jr. was General Lee's youngest son and the sixth of seven children. Unlike his older brothers "Rooney" & Custis, young 'Rob" Lee. was educated, not at West Point, but at the University of Virginia. Most likely he would never have joined the army had it not been for the Civil War. At its outbreak, R.E. Jr. enlisted as a private in the Rockbridge Artillery, and was quickly promoted to Captain, and later transferred to his brother Custis's staff in Richmond, where he served to the end of the war.

In years following he turned to farming and settled at the "Romancock" plantation on the north bank of the Pamunkey River in King William County, VA. He married in 1871, and later, after the death of his first wife, he took another in 1894 with whom he had two children. In 1904 he published a well regarded a book of letters and reminiscences concerning his father. Upon his death in 1914, Lee was interred in the Lee chapel in Washington [& Lee] College, alongside his father and brother Custis, who had both earlier served as school's president.

An attractive set of books with Lee family provenance.

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