Very Good / Very Good. Item #5933
Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1990. First Edition. Octavo; 225pp. Printed beige dust jacket over red cloth-covered boards with black lettering to spine. Jacket lightly shelfworn with some nudging to head of spine and a few small, stray smudges. Boards are clean and sturdy, with a light roll to spine. Underlining, brackets, and occasional marginalia throughout, with notes on back free endpaper. Binding is sound.
This copy from the personal library of journalist and language writer William Safire (but with no ownership plates or inscriptions), whose historical novel Scandalmonger [Simon & Schuster, 2000] was based on the Scottish-born Callender's life in the United States, where he earned the reputation of one of the first "muckraker" journalists for his attacks on Thomas Jefferson (he was among the first to write of the then-president's children by his slave Sally Hemings). We have noticed in working with Safire's books that he almost never wrote in them apart from the very occasional underline, so this appears to have been a major working research copy for his own novel. Numerous passages underlined or bracketed off, with names and dates noted along with occasional marginalia. "Get" written by a number of books listed in the bibliography at back.