From the personal library of Mrs. Jefferson Davis, The Master of Bellantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson.
Octavo, 281pp. Black cloth, title stamped in white on spine and cover with red ruled lines. Top edge gilt. Clean text throughout. Signed on the title page: “V. Jefferson Davis.”
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.