DescriptionLew Wallace. Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1880.
First edition. With a clipped signature of Lew Wallace mounted on the front pastedown. Octavo. 552 pages plus 12 pages publisher's advertisements.
Original gray fine diagonally-ribbed cloth with front cover and spine ruled in black and pictorially stamped in black, red, and blue in a floral design and lettered in black. Housed in a quarter gray morocco clamshell case. Bookplate of Mildred Greenhill on front pastedown. Occasional minor foxing. Very good condition. Mounted on the front free endpaper is a leaf inscribed in Wallace's hand: "Author of Ben-Hur, The Fair God, The Boyhood of Christ and Life of Gen. Benjamin Harrison etc." with a penciled note below the inscription: "This is in Gen Wallace's hand-it was written in the book of a photography."
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