The Life and Selected Writings of Thomas Jefferson. Illustrated by Tudor Banus. Limited Edition. Franklin Library. Franklin Center, 1982.

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Thomas Jefferson looms large in American history as one of its foremost Founding Fathers. He was the third American president, a lifelong diplomat, a book collector, an architect, and a philosopher. Jefferson was one of the primary drafters of the Declaration of Independence and a leader in the conception of fundamental American ideals, such as individual liberty and democracy. Yet, ironically, Jefferson was also a slave owner who consistently apologized for that abhorred practice. He believed that America would expand to a largely agrarian, aristocratic society where landowners rather than merchants would dominate its economic and political landscape, a belief he used to justify slavery and the removal of Native people. But while history looks back on these mispredictions and horrific practices with disdain, there is no denying Jefferson’s consequential mark on American history–westward expansion would not have occurred without his Louisiana Purchase; the University of Virginia owes its beginnings to Jefferson who founded the institution in 1819; the success of the American Revolution can largely be seen as a success of Jefferson’s political philosophies. Therefore, in a sense, all of American history–the good and the bad–can be traced back to Thomas Jefferson. In this collection of his writings, editors have provided a range of his work that showcases his influence over many spheres of history and culture. Jefferson was a prolific writer yet he only completed one book-length work in his lifetime–Notes on the State of Virginia, provided here, along with many of his letters, speeches, and public messages. Alongside the text are Tudor Banus’s spectacular illustrations, making this volume one of the best representations of Jefferson’s writings in the last 70 years.

This limited edition is in fine condition. In the original dark gray leather boards, elaborately gilt stamped, near fine with only minor rubbing to corners. Raised bands. Gilt edges. Text block fine with silk moire endpapers and bookmark sewn in.

A fine collector’s copy of the selected writings of Thomas Jefferson.

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The Life and Selected Writings of Thomas Jefferson. Illustrated by Tudor Banus. Limited Edition. Franklin Library. Franklin Center, 1982.

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Weight 5 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 9 × 5 in