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Captain Robert E. Lee
[PRESENTATION COPY] [JOHN L. CAMPBELL] [GERALD SMTHE] RECOLLECTIONS AND LETTERS OF GENERAL ROBERT E. LEE
New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1904. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good binding. Signed. A Presentation copy with an interesting triad of associations. The books is inscribed by (1) Capt. Rob Lee, General Lee's son and author of the book, to (2) John L. Campbell, the Treasurer of Washington and Lee University for 35 years, with a lengthy quote by Englishman (3) Gerald Smythe on the half title, taken from a letter by General Lee to Bishop Randolph about the importance of history. The inscription from Capt. Rob Lee to John Campbell is dated October 13, 1904, the year of the book's publication. The inscription penned by Gerald Smythe is dated 13 June 1909, during Smythe's "sojourn in Lexington" with Rob Lee in May and June 1909 [Confederate Veteran, January, 1921]. Capt. Lee referred to Smythe as "the best Confederate I know" and Smythe later penned "An Englishman's Visit to Capt. R. E. Lee" about his pleasant visit, issued of the Confederate Veteran, June 1915. All in all, a remarkable copy with significant associations, of this important work, described as "the closest thing to an autobiography that Gen. Lee ever wrote" [Nevins I, 120]. (Nevins I, 120). Very Good binding. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]
Bookseller: Black Swan Books, Inc. [United States]
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