London: Sampson, Low, Marston & Company, 1894. First UK Edition. Hardcover. 5 3/4 X 8 1/4 Inches. 279 PP. Good. Item #1439
First British edition of this autobiography of Confederate General Dabney Herndon Maury (Brig. General, CSA). Signed and previously owned by Union General Rush Hawkins (9th NY Infantry). A very important copy. Signed by noted book collector and General Rush Hawkins on the half title-page. He has added the date of July 20, 1914 to this signature. Additionally signed with lengthy commentary on Maury on the following page (dated August 27, 1914). One would assume that this was the time at which he read the book and formed the sentiments behind his annotation.
Signed, "A very charming personal account by a southern Gentleman of the "old school". I knew many like him sixty years ago. But alas now I might search our whole country over, in vain, for another like him. We have become a nation of hustling and the real gentlemen don't count. Aug. 27, 1914 - RCH"
This copy, the scarce British first edition, looks to have been donated by Hawkins to the James M. Clift Masonic Library. Library blindstamp on the title-page. Evidence of removal of two bookplates to inside front pastedown. Scuffing and wear to original covers and edges. Toning and foxing throughout. Hinges a bit weak. Overall, a solid copy of a very rare book in which A UNION GENERAL IN THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR SHARES HIS TRUE ADMIRATION FOR A CONFEDERATE GENERAL.