A collection of manuscripts and prepublication material for a number of Davis's Virginia related books as described below.

The collection includes 10 typescripts, galley proofs, or type-setting copies for five of his books, along with correspondence and other pre-publication materials related to these and other books. Approximately 80 items in the archive, mostly in very good condition. Item #44236

a. "Yorktown" [1952]. "First working manuscript for this novel", manuscript note on title page for this ribbon typescript fragment. 4to. (111) pp. [rectos only], with a few pencil additions or corrections, and two editorial notes on a preliminary leaf. The first few chapters of the novel. Accompanied by a newspaper clipping of a review of the book. b. "Yorktown" [1952]. Another copy of the typescript fragment, this one partly from the ribbon. 4to. (81) pp. [rectos only], with a few pencil additions or corrections. The first three chapters of the novel. c. "Gray Fox: Robert E. Lee and the Civil War" [1956]. Early carbon typescript. 4to. (1), 671 pp. [rectos only], with editorial markings and manuscript corrections, deletions, and additions by the author and/or an editor on virtually every page. Housed in two boxes with printed labels from Davis's agent in New York, Curtis Brown. d. Gray Fox: Robert E. Lee and the Civil War. NY: Rinehart, (c1956). Long galley proofs. Narrow double folio, printed on 228 sheets [rectos only], each 25 x 7 inches. Manuscript note initialled by the author on page one, else a clean copy, without editorial markings. Usually only a few copies of these long galley proofs are produced. Folded, some edgewear. Accompanied by pre-publication press releases and other material from the publisher, two printed items concerning the book from a Greensboro, North Carolina, bookshop, and several newspaper clippings of reviews of the book and feature stories on the author. e. "Roberta E. Lee: The Sad, but Almost True Story of the Rabbit Who Longed to be Prettier than Scarlett O'Hara or Anybody Else" [1956]. Ribbon typescript of the author's only children's book, inscribed by him on the title leaf "Final draft in which last cuts were made. Burke Davis." 4to. 23 pp. With some manuscript deletions and corrections. f. Roberta E. Lee: The Sad, but Almost True Story of the Rabbit Who Longed to be Prettier than Scarlett O'Hara or Anybody Else. Winston-Salem, (NC): John F. Blair, 1956. Long galley proofs. Narrow double folio, printed on 12 sheets [rectos only], each 24 x 9 inches, with editorial markings and manuscript corrections by an editor on every page. Stamped "Reader's Proof" and marked "Printer's Copy" at head of first leaf. Usually only a few of these long galley proofs are produced. Folded. g. Roberta E. Lee: The Sad, but Almost True Story of the Rabbit Who Longed to be Prettier than Scarlett O'Hara or Anybody Else. Winston-Salem, (NC): John F. Blair, 1956. Printer's plates (?). 4to. (29) pp. [rectos only], printed with spaces left for insertion of illustrations; with a typescript title page, heavily marked with printer's instructions. Accompanied by several examples of the published color-illustrated dust jacket for the book, two stand-up bookshop ads, a copy of the publisher's 1956 catalogue, featuring this title, and several newspaper clippings related to the book. h. Jeb Stuart: The Last Cavalier. NY: Rinehart, (c1957). Long galley proofs. Narrow double folio, printed on 165 sheets [rectos only], each 25 x 7 inches, with editorial markings and manuscript corrections, deletions, and additions by an editor on every page. Usually only a few of these long galley proofs are produced. Rolled, some edgewear. Accompanied by two examples of the color illustrated dust jacket for the book, notices for a book signing at a Greensboro, North Carolina, bookshop, and several newspaper clippings of reviews of the book. i. "Nine April Days: The Epic Story of the Appomattox Campaign" [1958; preliminary title for To Appomattox; the sub-title has been crossed through in pencil]. Early ribbon typescript (later portions are in carbon typescript). 4to. (555) pp. [rectos only], with editorial markings and manuscript corrections, deletions, and additions by the author and/or an editor on virtually every page; several notes from the author to an editor, one initialled, along with numerous manuscript source notes, are included in the margins. j. To Appomattox: Nine April Days, 1865. NY: Rinehart, (c1958). Narrow 4to. (5), (322) pp. [printed rectos only]. Tall galley proof, disbound, with editorial markings on every leaf, many extensively marked, perhaps for setting the final printing plates; sequence of a number of leaves changed by the editor. Some rippling to edges of a few leaves, top edges frayed where comb binder removed. Accompanied by a trial proof for the published dust jacket for To Appomattox, front panel and spine color illustrations and printing only, the rear panel and flaps blank, a Greensboro, North Carolina, bookshop's invitation to a publication party for the book, several newspaper clippings, and two publisher's ephemeral items concerning distribution. k. Davis, Burke. Discussing some of his published works in a series of six typed notes and letters, one holograph, signed 9 May 1953 - 18 September 1958, to Olivia Burwell, librarian at the Greensboro (North Carolina) Public Library. Primarily notes of presentation of material offered here. Accompanied by a file of miscellaneous manuscript and typed notes, calendars, pencil drawings, newspaper clippings and publication materials related to They Called Him Stonewall (approximately 35 items). Davis (b. 1913) is a native North Carolinian who attended Duke University, Guilford College, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After beginning his career in journalism, he produced a string of popular histories, biographies, and novels, most relating to the Civil War or the American Revolution. For many years he lived in Williamsburg, Virginia, where he served on the staff of Colonial Williamsburg, 1960-1978. The bulk of Davis's manuscripts and personal papers are on deposit in the Southern Historical Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Price: $4,500.00

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