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    A Very Rare Signed Limited Edition by Mrs. Jefferson Davis

    Mrs. Jefferson Davis. The Grasshopper War. A Legend. Buffalo: The White-Evans-Penfold Company, [1903]. First edition, one of 200 copies signed by the author on the dedication page. This copy additionally signed by her ("Varina Jefferson Davis/1903") on the final page of text. Twelvemo. Approximately 6.75 x 4.25 inches. Twelve French-folded pages. Publisher's original string-bound printed wrappers. This copy with a plain brown protective wrapper (it is unclear if it was issued by the publisher, but it appears to be of the same vintage of the book itself). Some wear and chipping to plain brown wrapper; someone has traced (in pencil) the artwork from the front cover of the wrapper onto the front cover of the plain brown wrapper. The book is mildly toned and rubbed, still, fine. A very nice copy of a very rare item; as best as we can tell, this is the first auction appearance of this title. The work is Mrs. Davis' version of a Huron Indian children's tale.
    Varina Banks Howell Davis (1826-1906) was the second wife of Confederacy President Jefferson Davis, and was the First Lady of the Confederacy during the Civil War. She was highly educated and was a talented writer (she finished her husband's memoirs after his death, and she wrote a regular column for the New York World after the end of the Civil War). She also worked to reconcile the North and the South in the late nineteenth-century.
    Not in Howes, Sabin.

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