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My Memoirs.

London: Edward Arnold, 1903. First Edition. Hardcover. Journalist's memoirs of French, German and Spanish leaders in Bismarckian period, with interviews; source material for at least one of George MacDonald Fraser's Flashman books. Inscribed by Peter Augustus Jay while serving with the American Embassy in Constantinople. 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). Very Good. No DJ. Light shelf/edge wear, light foxing at preliminaries and very minor sporadic throughout, inscribed by owner at ffep, else tight, bright and unmarred. Blue cloth boards, gilt lettering and decorative elements, frontispiece. 8vo. 358pp plus 16pp ads. Illus. (b/w plates). Index. Item #5188

Price: $45.00