SOLDIER IN OUR CIVIL WAR. A Pictorial History of the Conflict, 1861-1865, Illustrating the Valor of the Soldier as Displayed on the Battle-Field.
SOLDIER IN OUR CIVIL WAR. A Pictorial History of the Conflict, 1861-1865, Illustrating the Valor of the Soldier as Displayed on the Battle-Field.

SOLDIER IN OUR CIVIL WAR. A Pictorial History of the Conflict, 1861-1865, Illustrating the Valor of the Soldier as Displayed on the Battle-Field.

(New York: Stanley Bradley Publishing Company, 1890).

SCARCE FIRST EDITION OF THIS EXTENSIVELY ILLUSTRATED TOME OF THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR. Representing two years of labor to produce it is second to no other work of it kind in typography, composition, subject matter and the execution of the fantastic illustrations. Many of the engravings are based on sketches by eyewitnesses to the events, including Forbes, Crane, Waud,Taylor, Hall, Becker and others. The illustrations alone give one a realistic sense of the battles and events, but they are also accompanied with valuable text compiled from contemporary sources and edited by Paul F. Mottelay and T. Campbell-Copeland “assisted by the most notable Generals and Commanders of both sides.” There are also contributions by two former Commander-in-Chiefs of the Grand Army of the Republic and a history of the Sons of the Veterans. Lastly the work contains a chronology of events at the end of each volume. Item #30316

2 volumes. A very early edition, sold only by subscription. Every page illustrated with fine steel engravings, most of which are quite large and many are full page, one fold-out double page view of the second Battle of Bull Run, a plate of corps badges in colour. Also with portraits of Lincoln and Grant as frontispieces, that of Lincoln being an original engraving produced specifically for this publication, and a portrait of Robert E. Lee as frontispiece to the Chronology in volume two. Large folios, publisher’s original bindings of pebbled burgundy cloth impressively decorated and lettered on the upper covers in gilt and black and featuring large gilt central vignettes of a rifleman surrounded by flags and medallions, the spines handsomely gilt lettered and decorated with crossed swords and other devices, floral endpapers and page edges marbled. 474; 444 pp. A very appealing set, internally fine but for a little age mellowing to the paper, which is still very clean and is completely free of foxing or spotting, the original decorated cloth bindings are very handsome and show only a little wear at the tips and edges. As one expects with large, tall textblocks such as these the hinges are split in both volumes, easily repairable or easily ignored.

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