Beaumarchais and the War of American Independence:. [Complete in Two Volumes].
Boston: Richard G. Badger/Gorham Press, 1918. First Edition. Hardcover. From the library of Susan Mary Alsop. Born Susan Mary Jay in Rome in 1918, she was the daughter of Peter Augustus Jay (and Susan Alexander McCook) and granddaughter of Augustus Jay (and Emily Astor Kane), both statesmen, legates and/or ambassadors (in Europe, Asia and South America). The Jays, a Huguenot family, produced John Jay, co-author of the Federalist Papers, Foreign Secretary and the first Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Many of the volumes from her library were from that of her father and grandfather and are so inscribed (as noted). Susan Mary [Jay] Alsop, in addition to being one of the great political hostesses in Washington's circles, was an author in her own right, producing a noted biography of Vita Sackville-West's mother, “Lady Sackville” (1978); and also “Yankees at the Court: The First Americans in Paris” (1982), and “The Congress Dances: Vienna 1814-1815” (1984). Inscribed, "To The Honorable Peter Augustus Jay with the compliments and best wishes of [unclear, 'SHeban'] Kite, Rome December 1919". [Father?]. A very handsome set. Very Good+. No DJ. Minor shelf/edge wear, hint of toning at textblock edges, inscription at ffep of Vol. 1, hint of sporadic foxing, else tight, bright and unmarred. Blue cloth boards, gilt lettering and decorative elements, frontispiece(s), tissueguards, blue ink topstain. Small 8vo. 308pp; 306pp. Illus. (b/w plates). Index. Item #5148