Washington / New-York: Robert Farnham / Samuel Colman, 1842. 1st edition. Leather. 1st edition. A Very Good to Near Fine copy. 8vo., 260 pp. Bound in half calf and marbled paper over boards, with blind tool decorations around the bands; title on the spine in gilt. t.e.g. Marbled end papers. Previous owner's name in ink on a front end paper. Light scattered foxing. Tight. An attractively bound copy of this scarce work. Contains a 5 page genealogy of the Lee family (starting on page 254). Item #24487
Charles Carter Lee (1798-1871), eldest son of the Revolutionary commander Light-Horse Harry Lee and brother of General Robert E. Lee. In 1842 he published (anonymously, in Washington) a mytho-historical romance in eight cantos, The Maid of the Doe; A Lay of the Revolution. This work and Virginia Georgics are all Lee ever published in book form, but his papers in the Alderman Library in Charlottesville contain sonnets, together with patriotic odes, verse epistles and dialogues, plays, essays, lectures, speeches, diaries, an unfinished autobiography, the draft of a political novel, and a blank verse meditation on the Civil War.