Jefferson Davis' Personal Copy of Biographical Sketches of Eminent American Statesmen with Speeches, Addresses and Letters Signed by Varina Davis "Jefferson Davis" on a preliminary blank page. By B. F. Perry of Greenville. Philadelphia: The Ferree Press, 1887. 8vo. 612pp. With an albumen of the author in the frontispiece. As a South Carolina politician, Benjamin Franklin Perry (1805-1886) had opposed secession from the Union. As a result of his pro-Union stance, he was appointed by President Andrew Johnson as provisional governor of the state following the Civil War, serving from June 30 through November 29, 1865. Although not uncommon in autograph material, books signed by Davis are not often on the market. American Book Prices Current lists only two other signed volumes in the last twenty years. Re-bound in polished calf over marbled paper boards with gilt-stamped spine. Minor rodent damage to bottom edge. Very good.

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