New York: John F. Trow, 1863. Wraps. Presumed First. 115 pp. No. XVIII. Ivory cover w/ black lettering is a bit scuffed and edgeworn. Chips at each end of spine. Back cover has ads for farmland in Illinois at 8-12$ per arce. There is a damp stain in the upper margin of first page. Else contents are clean and binding tight. This important periodical of the Civil War era contains part two of William H. Muller's "The Value of the Union." Other articles by Edmund Kirke, Hon. F.P. Stanton, Edward Carey, Martha Walker Cook, Eilliam L. Stone, and others. S.B. Gookins wrote "How Mr. Lincoln Became an Abolitionist." Very Good.
Portland, ME: Eastern Branch, National Home D.V.S./The Hugh Leighton Co., 1910. Wraps. First Edition. Unpag. Brown paper wraps with light wear from age, remnants of a red, white and blue ribbon at center of spine.
Photographic tour of the the Eastern Branch, National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers near Augusta, Maine. Buildings, grounds, local manager, and various veterans. The Eastern Branch National Home evolved into what is now known as the Maine VA Medical Center-Togus. Very Good.
Cambridge: Harvard University, 1917. Wraps. First Edition. 9 pp. Stapled pamphlet on laid ivory paper summarizes the participation of Harvard in the war effort. It concludes with an appeal to Harvard men for contributions, stating that $30,000 is necessary to meet immediate needs. Staple binding tight. Very Good.
Philadelphia, PA: Moses Thomas, 1816. Full-Leather. First Edition. First U.S. Edition. 275 pp. Mottled brown leather cover w/gilt bands on spine. Corners, bottom edges worn. Occasional chips in leather. Any lettering is worn off. Foxing on eps and interior does not affect readability. A collection of letters written by a young Englishman as he travels in Europe after the Battle of Waterloo. Recipients included his sister Margaret, cousin Peter, cousin the Major, and other anonymous recipients. Comments on political events and military history of the region, plus a few poems in French. Speculation is that "Paul" may have been Sir Walter Scott, but this has not been verified. Very Good.
Boston: Press of Rockwell and Churchill, 1882. Hard Cover. First Edition. 215 + 52 pp. Apparently the annual report of a military group titled "The Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States," with the report of the Massachusetts group for the period 1882-1885. Brown covers are stamped with rules front and back, and have beveled edges. Lettered on front and spine in bright gilt, with a medal reproduced center front. Touches of edgewear. Edges tinted khaki brown. Attractive wallpaper print eps. A handsome book. Very Good.
Augusta, Maine: 1866. Half Leather. First Edition. 1328 pp. Blue marbled boards have black leather spine and corners. Gilt title and bands on spine. Some edgewear, but binding is tight. Eps show foxing, paste shadows. P.o. on flyleaf in pencil. Contents are intermittently foxed. Tight and clean, and fascinating reading for the historian or Civil War buff. Very Good.
Augusta, Maine: 1866. Half Leather. First Edition. 1328 pp. Blue marbled boards have black leather spine and corners. Book has been professionally re-backed with what was left of the original spine re-applied. Some edgewear, but binding is tight. Eps show foxing, paste shadows. ontents intermittently foxed. Tight and clean, and fascinating reading for the historian or Civil War buff. Very Good.
Concord, MA: 1908. Navy Cloth. First Edition. 70 pp. Subtitle, "Report of the Committee Appointed by the Town to Procure a List of Names of Those Who Served in the Civil and Spanish-American Wars. B/w frontis. Navy cover has gilt title and Concord seal on front. Gilt lettering on spine. All edges a little worn. Fading white library mark at top of spine. Eps have public library stamps and markings. Frontis is Civil War monument in Concord; following page 57 is a photo of the memorial for the Spanish-American War. The indexed volume gives all the details of service information known. A committee worked on this per the Town Meeting of 1907 to "record the names of the men who served in the Army and...
Baltimore, MD: The Lord Baltimore Press, 1904. Hardcover. First Edition. 80 pp. Soft red cover has blindstamped rules, title in gilt on center front. Cloth is soiled. Spine chipped at bottom. Front cover has been folded, and cardboard backing broken. Ffep has signature of previous owner. Small stain at lower margin penetrates about 30 pp. Written as a text for the midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy by a professor of mathematics there. See a companion volume, "Exterior Ballistics" also by Alger, our book # 4167. Good.
Arnoux, Guy. Paris: Devambez. 10 plates and cover page with limitation page at verso. Elephant Folio. Title page and plates hand colored and depict French soldiers in various battles from the Crusades through World War I and including Joan of Arc. Original folio with some staining to front and rear, colored illustration on cover board of a French World War I helmet within a wreath, original ribbon ties in France's colors of red, white and blue in original condition and still bright.
Published in an edition of 500, this is #446. Illustrtations all by Guy Arnoux.
Columbia, SC: Matthew J. Bruccoli, 1999. Hardcover. First Edition. First Printing. 368 pp. 8vo. No dust jacket as issued. Black cloth covered boards with gold embossed titling to cover board and spine, clean and crisp within.
Inscribed by Matthew J. Bruccoli, publisher and son of Joseph M. Bruccoli. Fine.
Reed, Charles W. Boston: George M. Smith & Co., 1887. Hardcover. First Edition. Second Printing. vi, 408 pp. 8vo. Red cloth covered boards with a Union camp scene embossed in black lines on cover board and spine, gold embossed titling to both as well. Considerable sunning to boards, soiling, bumping to corners, fraying at head and foot of spine. Light foxing to endpapers and first few pages front and rear. Some signatures loose, but all still intact.
Heavily illustrated throughout by Charles W. Reed. Good.
Bourdelle, Pierre. New York: Pierre Boudelle Studio/Albert Carman, 1945. Portfolio. Limited Edition. , 53 plates. Elephant Folio. Blue cloth portfolio with the title, WAR embossed in gold on front board. Fading and scuffing to boards, sunning has darkened spine. Plates and text all on loose sheets, quite clean.
Pierre Bourdelle (1901-1966) was an artist born in France and the son of sculptor Antoine Bourdelle. Pierre Bourdelle was the most active in the United States and completed a number of commissions for murals and other designs for the railroad industry. This work included murals for Cincinnati's Union Terminal in 1933, work on the California Zephyr, murals and reliefs for ocean liners, and architectural projects. Bourdelle served as a volunteer ambulance driver for the American Field Service...
Washington, D.C. The Navy Press, 1917. Wraps. First Edition. 60 PP. + xviii ad pps. B/w & color ills. "Published monthly by the Navy Press under editorial direction of The National Marine League of the U.S.A. (whose trustees are not military men)." Front cover is navy bordered with red & white accents and lettering. Cover is edgeworn and spine is deteriorating. Contents are clean and tight. Much period advertising. Editorial content includes an overall title "The U.S. Navy at a Glance": an apparently comprehensive group of articles including warships building or authorized, the German Naval Program, a summary of vessels in the U.S. Navy, and more. Other articles focus on the submarine "Chaser"; American blockade runners; ship famine and high cost of living; and much...
London: His Majesty's Stationery Office, 1915. Wraps. First Edition. 48 pp. Large b/w fold-out map of The Balkans ( approx. 34 x 44) included. Title, cont: "Appointed by His Majesty's Governemnt and Presided over by the Right Hon. Viscount Bryce, O.M., &c., &c." Blue paper wraps are scuffed and edgeworn. At some time, the booklet has been folded longwise, although accompanying map is uncreased. First 12 pps. are dog-eared at lower corner. A report based on uncorroborated charges, part of a propaganda campaign against the Germans early in the first World War. Apparently there was a second report from this committee; our copy ends on page 48 with "Conclusions" and is signed by the Committee. Contents are readable, not particularly fragile. Very Good.
Bramanti, Bruno. New York/Verona, Italy: The Limited Editions Club/Officina Bodoni. Hardcover. xxvii, 228 pp. 4to. Quarter cloth binding with brown cloth spine and gold embossed titling, paper covered boards with a blocked print design. Light sunning to spine. Interiors clean and crisp. Original descriptive piece for this edition laid in.
Printed by Giovanni Mardesteig at The Officina Bodoni with woodcut illustrations by Bruno Bramanti, produced in an edition of 1500 copies, this is copy # 825 signed by Mardesteig & Bramanti at the colophon. Very Good.
Annapolis, MD: United States Naval Institute, 1957. Sky Blue Cloth. 555 pp. B/w photo ills. Cover lettered in white front and spine. Touches of edgewear w/ a sunned spot at head of spine. Royal blue dj has map of Korea on front in red and orange. Dj is unclipped, priced. It is edgeworn, soiled on back,chipped at head of spine, and has tape over a closed tear on spine. Eps are maps of Korea in white on blue; they are soiled. Eps are stamped, stickered, and inked with previous ownership. Once past the cosmetics, the book is clean and tight, a very complete account of its topic. Very Good / Good.
Woodstock, VT: The Countryman Press, Inc., 1993. Black Paper Over Boards. First Edition. 376 pp. B/w photos & ills. Bright gilt on black cloth spine. Glossy dj is unclipped, priced. Black dj has painting "Cedar Creek" by Julian Scott on front, white title lettering accented with yellow on front and spine. Foreword by Edwin Bearss. Black eps. Signed on t.p. by author. a well-researched and presented account of the participation of Green Mountain Boys in the Union Army. Coffin visited the battlefields of which he wrote, and he gives descriptions of conditions there as they appear today. Signed by author on the title page.
By Author. Fine / fine.
New York: Charles B. Richardson, 1866. Hardcover. First Edition. 512, . 8vo. Brown cloth covered boards with blind embossed borders to cover and spine. Gold embossed titling at spine has faded. Light foxing to endpaper and first few pages front and read. Considerable foxing to frontispiece, protective tissue and title page. Clean within. Good.