PROPERTY OF A DIFFERENT OWNER
Madison's personal library was quite large, and he bequeathed most of it to the University of Virginia. He reserved for his wife Dolley "the right to select such books and pamphlets as she would choose, not exceeding three hundred volumes." After Madison's death, however, many of the books were sold by Dolley and her son John Payne Todd, who were desperate to raise funds to pay debts. After years of delay, the University actually threatened suit. In the end, about 2000 volumes went to the university library. Most of these books were destroyed in a library fire in 1895.
Rare. Only six signed books from Madison's library appear in major auction records in the last four decades, and his books on history and government are particularly desirable.
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