First edition of The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government by Jefferson Davis, published in 1881, in full morocco binding.
Octavo, [two volumes], xxi, , 707pp, [4pp ads]; xvii, , 808pp, [4pp ads]. Bound in full tan morocco, title in gilt over black morocco spine labels, raised bands with gilt-ruled lines, decorative gilt board edges. Marbled endpapers, all marbled edges. Complete with frontispiece in each volume, 17 full-page illustrations, and all 18 maps as stated. Occasional foxing to plates, toning to text. Front hinge of Volume I reinforced with archival repair. (Eicher, 154) (Howes D120) (Nevins II, 51) An attractive example in the scarce publisher’s morocco binding.
Written by Jefferson Davis (1808-1889), the former President of the Confederate States, The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government is considered the magnum opus of the Southern cause. It remains a controversial historical piece, with its attempt to justify the Southern cause for secession. Davis followed it with A Short History of the Confederate States of America, completed shortly before his death in 1889.