by General Lew Wallace
New York: Harpers, 1904
Hardback book in decorated boards in bright gold stamping. Book is near fine, solid with unbroken endpapers and clean pages and text.
This copy has a letter laid into the book by a book dealer in Crawfordsville, Indiana dated Feb. 18, 1905 explainingwhy he could not provide a signed book to a client and that General Wallace's funeral was happening at that very hour as he was writing the letter. In lieu of not being able to provide a signed copy of Ben-Hur, the book dealer, who was apparently close to Mrs. Wallace, has tipped in a signature of General Wallace across the title page as shown to present to the client.
An interesting piece of ephemera and association with this book. Ben-Hur has been filmed in at least two major movies.
The book is a later printing. The first edition of Ben-Hur was published in 1880. This is a very nice copy. #benhur #jesuschrist #christ #christian #judahbenhur