Martha Washington [Presentation and Association Copy]
Inscribed and signed by famed American historian Benson J. Lossing to Annette C. McAllister and dated 1863, Poughkeepsie, New York.
Likely “Annette C. McAllister” is Annette née Steinbrenner McAllister (1832–1896) —wife of Philadelphia American historian, John A. McAllister (1822-1896), the noted and prodigious Philadelphia antiquarian collector.¹ Both Lossing and Mr. McAllister corresponded with one another.
Martha Washington was a thumbnail sketch “Presented to the Subscribers to the Full Length Portrait of Martha Washington, Engraved on Steel” and published by Buttrie in 1861. The print was a healthy 22 x 30 inches and it was reproduced in facsimile as the frontispiece for this sketch.
The 1861 first edition of this short biography, e.g. this copy, was followed by editions in 1864 and 1865. The McAllisters were no doubt subscribers to the print and we suspect purchasing the print was a patriotic purchase and nod to the Union cause as the events of the Civil War unfolded.
Presentation copies of all editions may be considered scarce.
Description: Martha Washington [Presentation and Association Copy]
New York: J.C. Buttre, 1861 (160). First edition. Engraved frontis. with tissue guard, 24pp. Publisher’s flexible cloth gilt-stamped and blocked in blind, AEG. Sunning, small split near top of spine; mild stains; Good.
Note. 1. We presume the initial “C.” in Annette’s name to be her middle name; a name we can not yet determine.