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Sidney Lanier

First Edition


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Presentation copy from Woodrow Wilson to his brother-in-law, Professor Stockton Axson. This is the first edition of Sidney Lanier by Edwin Mims.

Octavo, vii, [5], 386pp. Beige cloth, title stamped in gilt, top edge gilt. Stated “Published November 1905” on copyright page. Some toning to cloth on spine, rubbing to bottom board and tip of spine, solid text block. (BAL, Volume V, p. 296). Complete with all 7 full page illustrations. This copy is signed on the front free endpaper: “Stockton, With love from W.W. Christmas, 1905.”

This book was gifted to Stockton Axson in 1905 while Woodrow Wilson was serving as the President of Princeton University. Professor Axson was the younger brother of Ellen Axson Wilson, the first wife of Woodrow Wilson, who died in 1914 about a year after the Wilsons entered the White House. Woodrow and Stockton were close friends at Princeton with Woodrow often using Axson’s apartment as a hideout from the pressures of public life. Between 1919 and 1921, Axson wrote “Brother Woodrow,” a memoir about his brother-in-law which was never published. In 1993, scholars at Princeton discovered the insightful descriptions of President Wilson’s personal life and decided to publish the long lost book.

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Houghton, Mifflin and Company


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[Wilson | Woodrow] Mims | Edwin