First edition of The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government by Jefferson Davis, published in 1881.
Octavo, [two volumes], xxi, , 707pp, [4pp ads]; xvii, , 808pp, [4pp ads]. Bound in pebbled brown cloth, title in gilt on spines, illustration in gilt on covers. Complete with frontispiece in each volume, 17 full-page illustrations, and all 18 maps as stated. Floral endpapers, solid hinges and text block. Light blemish on front panel of Volume I, otherwise bright, attractive bindings
(Eicher 154) (Howes D120) (Nevins II: 51)
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.