New York: Harper & Brothers, 1901. Reprint. Octavos, 2 volumes; VG-; bound in publisher's green cloth with gilt lettering and gilt, black, and blue designs to front boards and spines; top edges of text blocks gilt; vertical crease to spine of volume 1; horizontal slash on spine of volume 2; mild sun-fading to spines, mild wear and rubbing to boards; Signed on ffep of volume 1 by Lew Wallace "Very Truly yours, Lew Wallace 1903.'; scarce signed; shelved case 7.
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Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ is a novel by Lew Wallace published by Harper and Brothers on November 12, 1880, and considered "the most influential Christian book of the nineteenth century". It became a best-selling American novel, surpassing Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852) in sales. Lewis Wallace (1827-1905) was an American lawyer, Union general in the American Civil War, governor of the New Mexico Territory, politician, diplomat, and author from Indiana. [wikipedia]