Great Senators of the United States, signed by Mrs. Jefferson Davis, First Lady of the Confederate States of America.
Octavo, 316pp, [2pp advertisements]. Maroon cloth, title in gilt on spine, in black print on cover. Light wear to cloth at spine, bumped front corner. Clean text throughout. Previous ownership blind stamp on last page. Inscribed by Varina Davis for “Mr. S.B. Buck, With the kind regard of Mrs. Jefferson Davis. Sept 22nd, 1892.”
Varina Davis (1826-1906) was the only First Lady of the Confederate States of America and the second wife of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. After the death of President Davis in 1889, Varina completed her husband’s autobiography, Jefferson Davis: A Memoir, but it was not a best seller as she had hoped. She moved to New York in 1891 and become a full time columnist for the New York World newspaper.