First edition of R.E. Lee: A Biography, signed by Douglas Southall Freeman to Municipal Court Judge, Robert E. Mattingly.
Octavo, [four volumes]. Bound in publisher’s red cloth, title in gilt on spines. All first printings with Scribner’s A on copyright page. Light toning to spines. Illustrated with hundreds of maps, photographs and drawings, frontispiece portrait in each volume. Housed in publisher’s scarce slipcases, illustrated with photographs of R.E. Lee, both worn but stable. Inscribed in Volume I by the author to Judge Robert E. Mattingly.
Douglas Southall Freeman (1886 – 1953) was a Pulitzer prize winning historian. He is considered one of the finest American historical writers, and his works make him one of the leading historians of his day. He won the Pulitzer Prize for this four volume biography of Robert E. Lee in 1935. He considered his work, Lee’s Lieutenants: A Study In Command, to be his finest work. In 1958, he was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his last work, George Washington: A Biography.