New York: Leavitt & Allen, ca. 1860.
Hardcover. 12mo. iv, 7-268 pages. Illustrated with frontispiece steel engraving, color engraved presentation page, and steel engravings. Dark burgundy embossed leather binding. Embossed floral border designs, gilt floral borders and ornate gilt decorations and title on the front cover and spine. All edges gilt. Leather chipped top corner of the spine and rubbed on the board edges. Inscription written on the right front flyleaf reads "Sallie Fannie Reid Sunny Villa May 12th 1860." Two more inscriptions on the front blank end sheet reads "Miss Sallie Fannie Reid Sunny Villa Georgia" and "Sallie Fannie Reid West Point Ga." A presentation inscription written on the 'Presented to' color engraved plate reads "Sallie Fannie Reid by Mr. Duncan May 1860." Inscription on the rear end paper is "Mes Elizabeth B. Atkins Preston Georgia." Good. Item #14814
Sally Fannie Reid, previous owner of this book, married Capt. William D. Grant two years after the Civil War (Georgia Landmarks and Memorials).
During the war Ms. Reid was a popular socialite in West Point. From Historynet: "...Despite his disabling wound, [General] Tyler led an active social life (and may even have found love) while convalescing in West Point. On January 6, 1865, he sent a note to Miss Sallie Fanny Reid, who lived at a home called Sunny Villa. ‘Compliments of General Tyler,’ he wrote, ‘and would be delighted with the company of Miss Reid (if agreeable to her) to LaGrange this evening to a party to be given by Miss Bell.’ One Confederate who knew Tyler in West Point recalled, ‘The `belle of Georgia,’ Miss Sallie Fannie Reid, one of the most entertaining and brilliant conversationalists I ever met, was a fascination to Gen. Tyler.’ On the night of April 15, Tyler presented his spurs and a gold-headed cane to Miss Reid during a party that both attended. It would be the general’s last soiree." General Tyler died in an Union attack on Ft. Tyler (West Point) on April 16, 1865.