John S. Mosby Book Signed "Jno. S. Mosby" on a preliminary leaf. The book, Memoirs of the Life of the Right Honourable Richard Brinsley Sheridan, by Thomas Moore (Paris: 1835)is Vol. LXXIX of a Collection of Ancient and Modern British Authors. It originally belonged in the legendary Confederate's library; later it was owned by Confederate Brigadier General and cavalryman William H. Payne, who has struck out Mosby's signature with a single line -- not obscuring it -- and signed underneath "W.H. Payne, Warrenton, Va." (also signing atop the title page, as has one T.S. Preston). Curiously, Lincoln assassination conspirator Lewis Powell (known also as Lewis Payne) was very well known to Gen. Payne and his family. The General recalled him as "chivalrous, generous, gallant . . . particularly fond of children", and said "I cannot explain why he took our name [i.e., as an alias], except that it was endeared to him in some way." Rebound, in modern marbled boards with gilt-lettered leather spine. A fine book with great associations.

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