Ben Hur
Lew Wallace, 1880
WALLACE, Lew (1827-1905). Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1880.

First edition, first issue of the novel that inspired the classic film starring Charlton Heston, with the rare original dust jacket. "In America, 300,000 copies were sold in the first ten years after publication, making it one of the highest-ranking bestsellers of the nineteenth century" (Grolier). With dated title page and dedication in two lines. BAL 20798; Grolier American 82.

Octavo. 12 pp. publisher's ads at end (one gathering slightly sprung). Original decorated cloth (lightly abraded in spots), brown dust jacket printed on spine (small chips to jacket). Provenance: Mary E. Hedrick (pencil gift inscription from "Howard and Marnie," 25 December 1880).

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