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G. P. Putnam's Sons, New York & London 1904 - The Connoisseur's Federal Edition limited to 400 numbered sets with the printed signature of the publisher, this being copy 160. Complete in 12 large paper octavo (6-1/4" x 9-5/8") volumes bound in 3/4 black morocco leather, spines with five raised bands ruled and ornamented in gilt with contrasting leather spine labels, pale marbled paper boards and matching marbled endpapers, top edge gilt with others uncut, boards ruled in gilt. Collected and Edited by Paul Leicester Ford with the text printed on heavy rag laid finished paper. Illustrated with fine full-page portraits, facsimiles, and maps. Ford's edition of THE WRITINGS OF THOMAS JEFFERSON is still regarded as one of the monuments of American historical scholarship, setting the standard for documentary editing for half a century. The G. P. Putnam Knickerbocker Press bindery in New York bound only a small portion of this Jefferson edition of 1000 sets in the publisher's leather. The edition itself was divided into two issues: the "Collector's Federal Edition" limited to 600 sets and the "Connoisseur's Federal Edition" limited to 400 sets. Probably no more than 200 to 300 sets of either issue were ordered by the subscribers to be bound in leather. Today, sets bound in standard blue cloth are far more common than this leather issue. This famous and elegant Paul Leicester Ford compilation of Jefferson's WORKS was first issued by Putnam in a smaller set in 1892. Putnam issued this Federal Edition in 1904 as a commemorative edition for the editor who, at the age of 37, was murdered in his Manhattan home by his brother, Malcolm Webster Ford, at one time the most famous amateur athlete in the United States, who then committed suicide. All volumes uniformly rebacked in high quality morocco in period style. Some wear and scuffing at board edges and corners. Near Fine, contents bright and fresh [Attributes: Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent, est. 1987, ABAA, ILAB]
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