Publisher's original quarter cloth over drab boards. Paper spine labels. Uncut. Volume III largely unopened. Spine labels chipped and label for volume IV nearly gone. Boards soiled. Front inner hinges cracked but firm. Heavily foxed and toned as usual for American paper. Some pencil notations, mainly in volume I. Previous owner's old ink signature on front free endpaper and title-page of volume I. Half-title of volume I, torn at top edge and partially repaired, not affecting text. Large closed tear to page 299 of volume II, no loss of text. Page 317 of volume II with upper corner torn, and small loss of text. Large damp stain to upper corners of first 20 leaves of volume III. Volume IV with 2-inch tear to page 329, no loss of text. Overall a very good set of this rare American edition.
"The Memoir, Correspondence, and Miscellanies: from the Papers of Thomas Jefferson was the first publication of Thomas Jefferson's papers after his death, and the only one available until Henry A. Washington's edition was published in 1853-1854. It was initially published by F. Carr in Charlottesville in 1829, with subsequent editions published in London, Boston, and Paris. The documents included were selected, transcribed and edited by Thomas Jefferson Randolph (Thomas Jefferson's oldest grandson), with the help of his mother and sisters, in an effort to take control of their grandfather's legacy and as a means to relieve some of the debt they'd been left with upon his death. They were somewhat successful in the first endeavor and not very successful in the second. The Memoir contains only a tiny portion of Jefferson's total body of correspondence and other papers, and was carefully edited by his family to avoid controversial subjects; they also made occasional errors in their transcriptions." (The Thomas Jefferson Encyclopedia).
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