The Prince of India [RARE COPY in the dust jackets and storage box by the Author of Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ]

The Prince of India [RARE COPY in the dust jackets and storage box by the Author of Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ]

Wallace, Lew

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Price: $4,650.00

Place Published: New York
Publisher: Harper and Brothers
Date Published: 1893
Edition: First Edition, First Printing
Binding: Hardcover
Condition: Fine
Book Id: 115


A Fine, Bright, Superior, copy of the first edition, first printing (tiny split to the first volume's rear hinge), in Fine dust jackets (with modest wear to the spine ends), complete with the original warehouse storage box. A person of wide-ranging ability, Lew Wallace was, at various times, a lawyer in private practice, the prosecuting attorney of Indiana's 1st Congressional District, a Union General in the American Civil War, the Governor of the New Mexico Territory, a Major General in the Mexican Army,the U.S. minister to the Ottoman Empire, a member of the military commission that investigated the Lincoln assassination conspirators, and a Best-Selling Author. [In America's Civil War, Wallace attained the rank of Major General, participated in the Battle of Fort Donelson, the Battle of Shiloh, and the Battle of Monocacy, and on June 12, 1861, led his Regiment to victory in a seemingly minor battle at Romney, Virginia .... in present-day West Virginia. The rout was rather notable in that the victory gave a much-needed morale boost to Union troops and led to the Confederate evacuation of Harpers Ferry on June 18.] Wallace wrote a number of novels, including "Ben-Hur" which became the best-selling American novel of the 19th century, surpassing Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin". However, Wallace considered "The Prince of India" to be his best novel. This is a remarkable copy of that novel, not only because of its beautiful condition, but also because each Volume wears its dust jacket and the set resides in the original storage box. ONLY TWO SUCH COPIES ARE KNOWN TO EXIST. The viewer will notice, of course, that, being from the period when jackets typically were used not to sell books but only to keep books clean until put out for sale, the dust jackets are plain. [Virtually all of the dust jackets for the novel would have been discarded.] The viewer also will see that the spine of each dust jacket is pinch-torn to reveal each volume's number (I and II) a common warehouse practice which would have made verifying that both volumes comprising the novel were present within the storage box an easy process for the person retrieving the books from the storage shelf. Furthermore, the dust jackets from the period also often lacked the decoration one sees on later-published books. Such jackets also often did not show one or all of the title, the author, or the publisher all three being absent from these dust jackets. As the box has a label, it was not necessary to disturb the dust jackets -- other than to pinch-tear them to show the each Volume number -- as the author and title are show on the storage box label, making locating the set on the warehouse shelves easier than would otherwise have been the case. (While the box as some general wear, its bottom panel is separated, and one rear corner seam is fully split, the box is complete and could easily be restored by a good binder.) While the term "Rare" is overused when describing books, this copy of the novel, is TRULY RARE -- WITH ONLY TWO SUCH COPIES KNOWN TO EXIST IN THE DUST JACKETS -- and even RARER IN THE STORAGE BOX, making this copy a PART OF BOOK HISTORY and AN IMPORTANT COPY as well. A REMARKABLE SURVIVOR OF BIBLIOGRAPHIC IMPORTANCE. [OFFERS ON THIS SET WILL BE CONSIDERED.]

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