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SELECTED REFERENCE ABREVIATIONS:

Basler, ed. (CWAL) - COLLECTED WORKS OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN. 1953. 11 volumes.

Carbonell (C..) - THE EARLY PRINTINGS OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN'S GETTYSBURG ADDRESS. 2009

Dornbusch (D.) - MILITARY BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE CIVIL WAR. 1961-87. 4 volumes.

Eicher (E.) - THE CIVIL WAR IN BOOKS: AN ANALYTICAL BIBLIOGRAPHY. 1997.

Howes (H.) - U.S.IANA: A SELECTIVE BIBLIOGRAPHY.... 1962.

Krick (K) - NEALE BOOKS: AN ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY. 1972.

Leroy (L.) MR. LINCOLN'S BOOK. 2009

Monaghan (M.) - LINCOLN BIBLIOGRAPHY 1809-1939. 1945-53. 2 volumes.

Parrish & Willingham (P.) - CONFEDERATE IMPRINTS: A BIBLIOGRAPHY. 1987.

   

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Lincoln Books

Direct Provenance from Lincoln's Last Descendant, Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith

  Beveridge, Albert J.  ABRAHAM LINCOLN: 1809-1858.  Boston and New York: 1928.  1st ed., 2 vols. (607p.; 740p.), fts., plates.  [M2999, Howes B-408] 
 
 
Price: $425.00

One of the truly classic Lincoln biographies, and perhaps the best chronicle of the pre-presidential years.  Unfortunately, the author died before he could get Lincoln to the White House, and the account ends with the last debate with Douglas. 

Presentation copy from historian Worthington Chauncey Ford  (The Writings of George Washington) to noted Lincoln collector Oliver R. Barrett; w/ ANS, on Union League Club of Chicago correspondent card, w/ envelope, from Ford to Barrett; lt. rub., bump.; scuff., & mottling, more so on vol. II; lt. shaken hngs., more so, vol. II; else v.g., bright.   

 
  Browne, Francis Fisher.  THE EVERY-DAY LIFE OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN: A NARRATIVE AND DESCRIPTIVE BIOGRAPHY WITH PEN-PICTURES AND PERSONAL RECOLLECTIONS BY THOSE WHO KNEW HIM. Chicago:  1913.  2 vols.  2nd ed.; #58/100 numbered sets in brushed cloth boards & spine labels, 621p., ft., plates.  [M2071n]
 

Price: SOLD

“Francis Fisher Browne’s biography of Abraham Lincoln, which began as hackwork, remains an indispensable source of information.  Browne...ransacked Lincoln biographies, periodical literature, and newspapers.  Most importantly, he corresponded with people who had known Lincoln...Browne’s book retains significance in Lincoln literature because it contains so many personal recollections unavailable elsewhere.” - John Y. Simon. 

Set #58; lt. scuff. bds.; tape residue on eps.; else v.g.; uncut edges & t.e.g. In scarce d.j.s, (lt. soil.) & custom box.

 
 

Clinton, Catherine. MRS. LINCOLN: A LIFE. New York: 2009. 1st ed., 415p., illus; photos, notes, biblio, index.

 
Price: $50.00

Abraham Lincoln is the most revered president in American history, but the woman at the center of his life, his wife, Mary, has remained a historical enigma. In this definitive, magisterial biography, Catherine Clinton draws on important new research to illuminate the remarkable life of Mary Lincoln, and at a time when the nation was being tested as never before.

Mary Lincoln's story is inextricably tied with the story of America and with her husband's presidency, yet her life is an extraordinary chronicle on its own. Born into an aristocratic Kentucky family, she was an educated, well-connected Southern daughter, and when she married a Springfield lawyer she became a Northern wife—an experience mirrored by thousands of her countrywomen. The Lincolns endured many personal setbacks—including the death of a child and defeats in two U.S. Senate races—along the road to the White House. Mrs. Lincoln herself suffered scorching press attacks, but remained faithful to the Union and her wartime husband. She was also the first presidential wife known as the "First Lady," and it was in this role that she gained her lasting fame. The assassination of her husband haunted her for the rest of her life. Her disintegrating downward spiral resulted in a brief but traumatizing involuntary incarceration in an asylum and exile in Europe during her later years. One of the most tragic and mysterious of nineteenth-century figures, Mary Lincoln and her story symbolize the pain and loss of Civil War America.

Authoritative and utterly engrossing, Mrs. Lincoln is the long-awaited portrait of the woman who so richly contributed to Lincoln's life and legacy. Signed on bookplate.

 
 

Hay, John CASTILIAN DAYS.  Boston and New York:  (1899).  Revised ed., 414p. With Autograph Letter, signed from Secretary Hay on Department of State stationery pasted on inside board, dated October 15, 1900, to one Charles A. Lorning (his signature is on the front fly). 

 

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Lincoln’s former secretary’s musings and observations on Spain and Spanish society after his State Department service as Secretary of the legation in Madrid (1869-70, under Dan Sickles), full of democratic enthusiasm and attacks on European despotism and monarchy. 

First published in 1871, it became a campaign issue when reissued in 1904, because its anti-Catholic attacks in virtually every chapter stirred Democratic (i.e. Irish) ire against the author, Theodore Roosevelt’s Secretary of State. 

Book is Lt. rub. & edgewear; rear hng. starting; else v.g., w/ maroon binding & t.e.g., Letter is very good, center fold, small stain (glue?) lower right.

 
  Herndon, William H. & Weik, Jesse W. HERNDON’S LINCOLN; THE TRUE STORY OF A GREAT LIFE … THE HISTORY AND PERSONAL RECOLLECTIONS OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN. Chicago: Belford-Clarke Co., 1890. 1st; 3 volumes; 1,255p.; ft. [Howes H-440] Scarce -- Signed: “With the regards of Jesse W. Weik, Newcastle, Ind., March 22, 1890”.
 
Price: $5,500.00

Herndon seemingly never signed this set, and very seldom by co-author Jesse Weik. Book plate of Ex Libris of Frank C. Deering.

Each enclosed in protective wrapper, within a half leather, marble slipcase. Some wear and soiling; rubbing; start of sep. from spine; otherwise good.

 

Lincoln Assassination

  (Lincoln Assassination) [Pamphlet – Robert Lincoln’s Copy] Hawley, J. R. THE ASSASSINATION AND HISTORY OF THE CONSPIRACY, A Complete Digest of the Whole Affair from its Inception to its Culmination, Sketches of the principal Characters, Reports of the Obsequies, etc. Cincinnati: 1865. (1) 21-163p., 5 woodcut illus.; original printed wrappers. [M378]
 

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Price: $4,850.00

Bound in full leather; raised bands and handsome devices; leather gilded dentelles; marbled endsheets. Inscribed on an added blank page: “Hon. Robert T. Lincoln / Compliments of / James H. Eckels / Dec. 25, 1904.”

Lawyer Eckels in Illinois, became comptroller of the currency under President Cleveland; he improved the national currency system and helped stave off a national bank disaster, when 181 of them went into receivership.  Staying on into McKinley’s administration, he left to become president of the Commercial National Bank of Chicago, becoming a prominent financier.  It was most probable that he and Robert became friends, and Eckels gave this book as a Christmas gift (one of a number over the years).  One can only wonder at the warmth it must have brought RTL that holiday. 

Some scuffing and soiling of wrappers; sm. repaired hole ft. wrap.; minor water stains at bottom edges; else clean and supple. One of the least common of the contemporary accounts – to say the least.

 
 

(--) Bates, Finis L. ESCAPE AND SUICIDE OF JOHN WILKES BOOTH...CONTAINING A COMPLETE CONFESSION BY BOOTH MANY YEARS AFTER THE CRIME...WRITTEN FOR THE CORRECTION OF HISTORY. Memphis: 1907. 309p.; illustrated wraps; illus., [M1519n].

 
Price: $575.00

The scarce paper edition of this far-fetched yet intriguing and entertaining account of Booth's escape from Garrett's farm and subsequent friendship with the author.

Essentially fine; wrappers intact(!); usual browning of pages, but no chipping; lt. soil; in archival cloth boards.

 
 

(--) Jones, Thomas A. J. WILKES BOOTH: AN ACCOUNT OF HIS SOJOURN IN SOUTHERN MARYLAND AFTER THE ASSASSINATION...AND HIS DEATH IN VIRGINIA. Chicago: 1893. 126p., ft., illus., wrappers, [M-1126].

 
Price: $1,350.00

An account by a Confederate sympathizer. Quite scarce and collectable.

Pages brittle, as usual, with a loose flyleaf & frontispiece; chipped wraps repaired withclear tape and some loss, including about 1" at bottom of spine; about 2: from front right corner; plus 4"-6" from top and bottom of rear.

Protected by leather clamshell box.

 
  (Suratt, John H.)  TRIAL OF JOHN H. SURATT IN CRIMINAL COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, HON. GEORGE P. FISHER, PRESIDING.  Washington:  1867.  1st ed., 2 vols., 1383p.  [M896]
 

Price: $1,500.00

 The very scarce transcript of the trial of John H. Surratt ---- Confederate agent, Papal Guard, and one of Booth’s cronies --- which ended up his acquittal, thanks to a hung jury, allowing him live, as a free man, longer (until 1916) than any conspirator.  “During his trial, which lasted from June 10 to August 10, 1867, Surratt’s attorneys were able to show convincingly that their client had been in Elmira, New York, at the time of the assassination.  Whatever his previous relations with Booth had been, he could not have participated in Lincoln’s murder. 

Indeed, Surratt was a less prominent figure at his own trial than the ghost of his mother, which was invoked over and over again to embarrass the government and impress the jury with how unfair the 1865 military trial had been.  Mrs. Surratt was portrayed as the innocent victim of wartime hatreds and the desire for revenge, wicked emotions that the Republicans were alleged to be perpetuating by trying Surratt for murder and also by relentlessly attacking President Johnson.” --- William Hanchett.  

Excellent contemp. rbd., in ½ leather, w/ mbld. bds. & edges, & raised bands; re-cased; hngs. starting, vol. 2; v. lt. ch. extrems.; else v.g

 
  (Lincoln Robert T.) Nicolay, John G.  A SHORT LIFE OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN.  New York: 1911.  578p., ft.  [M1376 (1902 original)] 
 

Price: $1,650.00

Nicolay’s condensation of his and Hay’s 10 volume classic.  It was his last task for Lincoln - he died while working on the book.  Inscribed by the subject’s son, who made the original biography possible by giving Nicolay and Hay access to his father’s papers --- but not without strong editorial say so.

“To Carl V. Chandler / With the good wishes of / Robert T. Lincoln / April 8, 1915”. 

A nice association piece!  Rub. & bump.; shaken hngs., esp. ft.; lt. musty; else v.g., w/ t.e.g.

 

Signed By Carl Sandburg

  Meserve, Frederick Hill & Sandburg, Carl.  THE PHOTOGRAPHS OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN.  New York 1944.  1st.; 30p. of text + 96p. of photographs. Signed by Sandburg on the front flyleaf.
 

Price: $675.00

Before Lloyd Ostendorf, Lincoln photographs used to be numbered by “Meserve” number; those 119 photos (plus many more of Lincoln’s family, friends, cabinet members, fellow politicians, and generals) are represented here, the photos coming from Meserve’s famous collection. 

Excellent; a collector’s copy.

 
 

Shaw, Albert.  ABRAHAM LINCOLN:  HIS PATH TO THE PRESIDENCY; THE YEAR OF HIS ELECTION.  New York:  1929.  1st ed., 2 vols. (263p.; 277p.), illus., maps.  [M3135]

 
Price: $475.00

A history of political cartoons during Lincoln’s lifetime; the second volume deals with the 1860 presidential campaign.  Profusely illustrated with examples. 

Lt. fox. edges, else v.g.+, w/ t.e.g.; v.g. d.j.s; orig. slipcase; overall, in uncommonly good condition

 
Civil War Books

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  Abel, Annie Heloise.  THE AMERICAN INDIAN AS SLAVEHOLDER AND SECESSIONIST; THE AMERICAN INDIAN AS PARTICIPANT IN THE CIVIL WAR; THE AMERICAN INDIAN UNDER RECONSTRUCTION.  Cleveland: Arthur H. Clark Co., 1915-25. 1st ed., 3 vols., 1214p.,  fts., illus., maps. 
 
 
Price: $2,850.00

A detailed and scholarly study of an almost entirely overlooked aspect of the Civil War.  The first two volumes explain the source and extent of Indian support for the Confederacy; while the third concentrates on the general situation in the Indian Territory and its relationship to Texas and Arkansas.

Lt. sun; It. wear; t.e.g. Quite scarce and almost impossible to find.

 
 

(Alabama Claims)  CORRESPONDENCE CONCERNING CLAIMS AGAINST GREAT BRITAIN, TRANSMITTED TO THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES…; THE CASE OF GREAT BRITAIN AS LAID BEFORE THE TRIBUNAL OF ARBITRATION, CONVENED AT GENEVA…; THE CASE OF THE UNITED STATES, TO BE LAID BEFORE THE TRIBUNAL OF ARBITRTION, TO BE CONVENED AT GENEVA…; THE COUNTER CASE OF GREAT BRITAIN, AS LAID BEFORE THE TRIBUNAL OF ARBITRATION, CONVENED AT GENEVA…  Washington:  1869-72.  1st eds., 12 vols. in all (Correspondence 7; Case of Great Britain 3), fold. maps & charts. 

 
 
Price: $1,800.00

A rare set of official papers documenting Anglo-American diplomacy during the Civil War, and an essential source on Confederate raiders, blockade running, and the rights of neutral nations.  The international tribunal awarded $15.5 million in gold from Britain to the U.S. for damages caused by Confederate ships; the other result of the Alabama claims, and much more important in the long run, was the Treaty of Washington, which produced extraordinary concessions on both sides and initiated an era of friendlier relations between the two nations. 

In ½ leather w/ raised bands, w/ mbld. bds. & edges, save vols. 6 & 7 of Correspondence, which are in lib. bind.; horizontal tear in title p. of vol. 1 of Correspondence; expected lt. edgewear on leather-bound vols.; lt.-v. lt. fox. in all vols.; else v.g.

With Two Additional  And Helpful Books

Davis, J. Bancroft.  MR. FISH AND THE ALABAMA CLAIMS:  A CHAPTER IN DIPLOMATIC HISTORY.  Boston and New York:  1893, 1st ed., 158p., ft.; and Cook, Adrian.  THE ALABAMA CLAIMS:  AMERICAN POLITICS AND ANGLO-AMERICAN RELATIONS, 1865-1872.  Ithaca and London:  (1975).  1st ed., 261p. 

Davis w/ mottled bds., lt. rub. & fox., & bookplate residue, else v.g.; Cook v.g. w/d.j

 
 

Alberts, Don E.  BRANDY STATION TO MANILA BAY:  A BIOGRAPHY OF GENERAL WESLEY MERRITT.  Austin: 1980.  1st ed., 352p., illus., maps. 

 
Price: $125.00

Hard to find first edition biography of one of Sheridan’s “fair haired boys”, a great cavalry officer whose career spanned the Civil through Spanish-American Wars. 

Excellent.; v.g. d.j.

 
  [Brown, John] THE LIFE, TRIAL AND EXECUTION OF CAPT. JOHN BROWN: / (woodcut image) / BEING A FULL ACCOUNT OF THE ATTEMPTED INSURRECTION AT HARPER'S FERRY, VA. N.Y.: Robert M. De Witt, Publisher (1869). "New Edition – With Additions…Compiled from Official and Authentic Sources / Including Cooke's Confession, and all the Incidents of the Execution." 108p.; printed wrappers; 8 full-page woodcut illustrations. [Howes B-851]
 

Price: $885.00

Entirely intact; slight extremity roughness; the rag paper being as supple as when printed.

 
 

Buckeridge, J.O.  LINCOLN’S CHOICE.  Harrisburg:  (1956).  1st ed., 254p., illus.

 
Price: $85.00

Discusses the impact and scope of the basic repeating rifle in the Civil War.  

V.g.; d.j.

 
 

Catton, Bruce. THIS HALLOWED GROUND: THE STORY OF THE UNION SIDE OF THE CIVIL WAR. NY: 1956. 1st edition, 437p., maps, maps on end pages.

 
Price: $65.00

One of Catton's brilliantly written prose poems describing the tragedy of the Civil War. Few other writers have been able to capture the feel of the war and the people who fought it than Catton, and few other popular authors wrote with the thorough research that he did (courtesy of the great research team of E. B. and Barbara Long).

Chipped just jacket with minor loss; else very good. Inscribed.

 
 

CHAMBERLAIN, Joshua.  MAINE:  HER PLACE IN HISTORY. Address Delivered at the Centennial Exhibition, Philadelphia, Nov. 4, 1876.   Augusta:  Sprague, Owen & Nash, 1877.  108p.; with all seven colored maps and one large fold-out map. 

 
Price: $525.00

Bound in a later 1/2-leather and marble boards.  One of the more difficult Chamberlain publications to find. 

Very good and clean. 

 
 

Chandler, Melbourne C.  OF GARRYOWEN IN GLORY: A HISTORY OF THE SEVENTH UNITED STATES CAVALRY REGIMENT.  (Annandale, VA: 1960).  1st ed., 458p., illus., plate, facsim., maps, fold. map.  [Luther High Spot #174]  

 
Price: $195.00

A fine comprehensive history, from 1866-1957, with excellent appendices.  Scarce! 

Excellent; bright d.j.

 
 

Clay, Cassius M. (Maj. Genl., U.S.V.; Lincoln's Minister to Russia; abolitionist) THE LIFE OF CASSIUS MARCELLUS CLAY. MEMOIRS, WRITINGS, SPEECHES, SHOWING HIS CONDUCT IN THE OVERTHROW OF AMERICAN SLAVERY, THE SALVATION OF THE UNION, AND THE RESTORATION OF THE AUTONOMY OF THE STATES. Cincinnati: 1886. 1st ed., 600p., frontis., illus.; deckled edges. Signed "C. M. Clay / 1900" above Preface.

 
Price: $1,500.00

If Clay's life did not occur exactly as he remembered, it should have. From Bowie Knife fights at political rallies to imprisonment in Mexico and the ambassadorship to Russia, this life of a wealthy southern abolitionist (a rare bird, indeed) is a real page-turner. Seven chapters have much on his relationship and ambassadorship to Russia, commenting on people ("My estimate of the Emperor, Alexander II"), places ("High Life in Russia. Infant Asylums and the Ballet. Actors and Singers…."), and more ("Prince Gorthacow Entertains the Diplomatic Corps", "Invited, I visit the Princess Dalgorouki" and more).

Very good, being above average; weak ft. hng. as usual; lt. rub; lt. ch. sp. ends; pencil owner's name dated "May 19th, 1900."

 

The Very Scarce Full Set

  CONFEDERATE CENTENNIAL STUDIES.  Stanley Hoole, ed.-in-chief.  Tuscaloosa: 1956-65.  27 vols., all in wraps, ltd. to 450 copies each.  [Eicher #695].
 
Price: $3,500.00

A super scarce full set of this excellent and sought-after series, each an interesting biography (e.g. Jeff Thompson, Howell Cobb, Leroy P. Walker), memoir (e.g. Du Bellet on diplomacy), or monograph on a subject of Confederate social, military, and political history (e.g. morale, reconstruction, propaganda). 

Wrps, bound in seven vols.; lt. wear, else v.g.$

 
  [Confederate Imprint] Hugo, Victor. LES MISERABLES. (THE WRETCHED.) Richmond: 1863. 1st ed. thus, in 5 parts, partial, in wraps [Parrish 6367, Crandall 3096].
 

Price: $500.00

This serialization, in English, of Hugo's masterpiece was issued in five parts, the first three of which are included in this bound volume: Part I. Fantine; Part II. Cosette; Part III. Marius.

Wrps., w/ orig. title pages, bound in 3/4 leath. w/ raised bands & gilt lettering; lt. soil. bds.; fox., yellow., & bleeding throughout; lt. shaken hngs.; else v.g .

 
 

(--) INSTRUCTION FOR HEAVY ARTILLERY; PREPARED BY A BOARD OF OFFICERS, FOR THE USE OF THE ARMY OF THE UNITED STATES.  Charleston:  1862.  2nd ed. thus, 272p., plates.  [Parrish 5085; Not in Crandall

 
Price: $500.00

This very uncommon Confederate imprint and manual is a direct reprint of the 1852 U.S. Army original, even keeping “United States” on the title page and War Department certification.  

Civil War heavy artillery consisted of siege, seacoast, and fortress guns, which are depicted in the numerous plates.  Ironically, Charles M. Conrad, Secretary of War when the original was published (and in which he is quoted), went on to become a representative in the Confederate Congress. 

Superbly & beautifully rebound in ¾ leather, with raised bands & t.e.g.; lt. fox. throughout, else v.g

 
 

Connelley, William E.  QUANTRILL AND THE BORDER WARS.  Cedar Rapids: 1910.  1st edition, 542p., illus., ports., maps. 

 
Price: $275.00

The first serious biography of the guerrilla. The author's anti-Quantrill perspective does not detract from the narrative, which is exhaustively researched and footnoted.

Very lt. wear extrems.; else excellent.

 
 

Connelley, William E. QUANTRILL AND THE BORDER WARS. New York: 1956. Civil War Book Club edition, 542p. with introduction by Homer Croy.

 
Price: $75.00

Croy's homespun introduction to Connelley's classic is wonderful. He says in part, "About the politest term Connelley applies to Quantrill is 'gory monster'; after that he gets personal. Here's one sentence from Connelley: "Because of Quantrill, widows wailed, orphans cried, maidens wept.' That's getting' right in there and pitching. No one could say that Connelley was impersonal; he hated Quantrill and he was going to belt his bones around."

Very good; dust jacket. signed by Croy.

 
 

Connelley, William E. THE LIFE OF PRESTON B. PLUMB, 1837-1891; UNITED STATES SENATOR FROM KANSAS FOR FOURTEEN YEARS FROM 1877-1891; "A PIONEER OF THE PROGRESSIVE MOVEMENT IN AMERICA". Chicago: 1913. 1st edition, 475p.

 
Price: $85.00

A thorough biography of one who was at the flash point of the Civil War. Plumb participated in most of the important events from the "Bleeding Kansas" days, through the Civil War, to the progressive movement of the late 19th century. A soldier, a journalist, and a populist legislator, Plumb's life is a fascinating journey. From the author of QUANTRILL AND THE BORDER WARS

Cracked hinges; else very good with clean boards.

 
 

Cook, Adrian. THE ARMIES OF THE STREETS. Lexington: (1974). 1st edition, 323p., frontispiece, end pages with map.

 
Price: $50.00

A fine scholarly analysis dealing with motives and the reasons for recurring civil disturbances in 19th Century New York City. The draft may have been the inciting event of the riots, but Cook does a good job of analyzing the underlying causes of poverty, corruption, and race antagonism. V

Very Good; dust jacket.

 
   Cox, Jacob Dolson.  MILITARY REMINISCENCES OF THE CIVIL WAR. New York:, 1900.1ST ed.; 2 vols. Dark green cloth with red, white, blue and gilt vignette on front covers.
 
 
Price: $450.00

Cox (1820-1900) served under McClellan with the Kanawha Brigade of the Department of the Ohio. After Antietam, he was appointed Major General, commanding Schofield’s 3rd Division of the XXIII Corps of the Army of the Ohio. After the war, he served as governor of Ohio and then Grant’s Interior Secretary. "This detailed account . . . provides a broader picture than the usual description of battle." –Nevins et al, II-48. 

V.g.; clean; t.e.g.; lt. scuff, spotting, bump; rear hngs wk.  A scarce, desirable, readable set of memoirs.

 
  (--) R. E. LEE: A BIOGRAPHY. New York: 1934-1935. 1st ed., 4 vols., Signed in vol. I, fts., maps, illus. [Howes F-350, ITC #62, Eicher #262]
 
 
Price: $300.00

Historian and editor, Freeman was one of our nation's leading authorities on the history of the Confederacy. His Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Lee was the result of nineteen years of devotion to the subject; the work is one of the most important and enduring works in American biography. Historian Liddell Hart said of it, “As a work of military history, I have no hesitation in ranking it almost in a class by itself.”

Mixed set; vol. I water-damaged with stains, shaken hinge and soiled and lightly torn spine, vols. III & IV have slightly torn spines, vol IV has severe mottling on the rear board and light foxing.

 
  (Custer, George A.) Sandoz, Mari.  THE BATTLE OF THE LITTLE BIG HORN.  New York:  1966.  Ltd. Ed. of 249 signed, numbered & specially bound copies, 203p., map, fold. map, map eps. 
 
Price: $950.00

The last (and very controversial) book by the acclaimed and prolific western historian.  Originally a title in Lippincott’s splendid “Great Battles of History” series, this special edition, published by James F. Carr, contains material not in the trade edition:  a tipped-in typewritten page of the original manuscript, signed by Sandoz (like Beveridge’s Manuscript Edition, published posthumously); two letters written by G.A. Custer while at West Point; and an excellent fold-out drawing of Ft. Fetterman, with key.  A very scarce piece of Custeriana!  

Signed copy #93; ½ leather bind., w/ raised bands & uncut edges; v. lt. bump., else excellent; slipcase w/ drawstrap.  

 
  FREEMAN, Douglas S.  THE LAST PARADE.  Richmond: Whittet * Shepperson, 1932. 12 unnumbered pages; 4 tipped-in photos with tissue guards. 
 
Price: $575.00

A classic editorial written by the great historian and journalist on the last day of the 42nd Annual Reunion of the United Confederate Veterans. 

Very good; clean throughout; edge toning of original boards; spine strip off but (mostly) present. 

 
  (Grant, U.S.) U.S. INSTANTANEOUS PHOTOGRAPHIC CO. "Seven Mile Funeral Cortège of Genl. Grant in New York, Aug. 8, 1885," album containing 78 albumen prints mounted above printed captions, folio (380 x 460 mm; images mostly 290 x 250 mm), original morocco blindstamped and gilt lettered, occasional browning and soiling generally not affecting images, 3 tears and one large chip affecting 3 images, final image watersoiled, spine defective.
 
Price: $4,500.00

An elaborate memorial published in Boston by Richard Briggs and William Allen, the proprietors of the U.S. Instantaneous Photographic Company. '

Images depict family members, Grant's house, the train carrying the coffin from Mount McGregor to New York, the procession in Albany, the temporary tomb in Riverside Park, various regiments marching to New York (including a view of State Street, Boston), the laying in state, army camps in Riverside Park, navy ships in the Hudson River, several views of the funeral procession in New York City including Fifth Avenue, floral tributes at the tomb, and crowds gathered there.

The firm produced several versions of the present album, with varying numbers of prints, for display in hotel lobbies on nouveau, custom-made cast iron display stands (not presen

 
  Hoehling, A. A.  VICKSBURG: 47 DAYS OF SIEGE. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: (1969).  386p., illustrated, maps, maps on end pages. 
 

Price: $65.00

A handy and entertaining documentary history of the Siege of Vicksburg, including much primary source material from important writers. 

"This is the story of real people, whose ordeals, hopes, and fears are timeless and eternal.  It is a chronicle not only of war desolation and anguish but of the triumphant resiliency of the human spirit as well." 

Very good; dust jacket. 

 
 

Jones, John Beauchamp.  A REBEL WAR CLERK’S DIARY.  Philadelphia:  1866.   First Edition.  2 Volumes.  WITH: Advertisement Page

 
Price: $850.00

The most consulted journal for wartime Richmond and the Confederate Government.  Though opinionated, an interesting commentary on life and people in the Confederacy during the American Civil War. 

Excellent and desirable.

 
 

Mitchell, Margaret.  GONE WITH THE WIND.  N.Y.: The Macmillan Company, May 1936.  First Edition, 1037p.  Signed Boldly: “For Stella Tingstad / Margaret Mitchell” on the front flyleaf. In a later dust jacket: “Thirty-Three Printings…1,153,000 Copies”. 

 
Price: SOLD

This book contributed more to the popular interest in the South than any other of this century.  “It is not too much to say that it is among the most powerful and original novels in American literature” --the Atlantic Journal. 

Very good; lt. rub at spine ends; small tear at the top of the spine; endsheets toned; internally very good.  Dust jacket is bright and clean.

 
  [Mosby, John S.  (Colonel of the legendary “Partisan Rangers”, C.S.A.) – Book from his library]  Herschel, Mrs. John.  MEMOIR AND CORRESPONDENCE OF CAROLINE HERSCHEL.   NY:  D. Appleton, 1876.  355p.  Signed “From Your Friend / Jno. S. Mosby” on the front pastedown and again “Jno. S. Mosby” on the rear pastedown. 
 
Price:$1,250.00

Caroline was the sister and helper of famed astronomer William Hershel.  Books from the library of “The Grey Ghost” are quite uncommon. 

Rubbed; almost loose signature; else v.g

 
 

Smith, Gustavus W.  CONFEDERATE WAR PAPERS.  FAIRFAX COURT HOUSE, NEW ORLEANS, SEVEN PINES, RICHMOND AND NORTH CAROLINA.  New York: 1884.  2nd ed., 381p., ft. (port.), folding maps.  [Howes S-599

 
Price: $1,100.00 Net to all

An apologia for Seven Pines by the man who commanded the Army of Northern Virginia…for one day. 

Inscribed “Hon. Charles A. Dana / with the compliments / of Gustavus W. Smith / May 22nd 1884”; with the bookplate (featuring a bright red guidon) of James H. Wilson, Dana’s friend and biographer, on the inside ft. cover.  Dana was an important journalist of the Civil War era and Assistant Secretary of War under Edwin M. Stanton; Wilson was “Grant’s Cavalryman”, the accomplished leader of the “Yankee Blitzkrieg” through Georgia and Alabama, and one of the last surviving Union generals. 

Sp. sun. & ch. at ends; lt. edgewear; weak ft. hng.; lt. fox. on ft. & title p.;  else v.g.

 
 

(South Carolina)  Salley, A.S., Jr., ed.  SOUTH CAROLINA TROOPS IN CONFEDERATE SERVICE:  VOLUME I.  Columbia:  1913.  1st ed., 783p.  [D856] 

 
Price: #350.00

The first (of 3) volume of an important & scarce reference set provides detailed rosters and capsule histories of the “three firsts” South Carolina Infantry regiments:  1st Regular, Greggs, and Hagoods.   Lt. rub., bump., &

edgewear; lt. soil. & scuff., but bright, bds.; v. lt. pencil u.l. & margin notes; else v.g
 
  Olmsted, Frederick Law. THE COTTON KINGDOM: A TRAVELLER'S OBSERVATIONS ON COTTON AND SLAVERY IN THE AMERICAN SLAVE STATES. New York: 1862. 2nd ed., 2 vols. (376p.; 404p.), ft. (fold. map). [Howes O-76]
 

Price: $875.00

"Olmstead recorded his memorable impressions of the South and slavery in the fateful decade between the Compromise of 1850, which sought to avert national disunion, and Lincoln's election as
President, which precipitated it. His writings do more than reveal a little-known chapter in the life of a world famous architect. Far more important, they present a uniquely candid and realistic picture of the pre-Civil War South. The Cotton Kingdom is the nearest thing posterity has to an exact transcription of a civilization which time has tinted with hues of romantic legend. Olmsted's account, in other words, is an indispensable work in the process of recapturing the American past."
--- Arthur M. Schlesinger.

Scarce & Important Americana! Bds. lt. scuff. & soil., but bright; lt. fray. at extrems, lt. bump.; ft. hng. cracked, vol. 1; lt. fox., esp. vol. 1; else v.g., in custom clamshell box.

 
  Pray, Mrs. R.F. DICK DOWLING'S BATTLE: AN ACCOUNT OF THE WAR BETWEEN THE STATES IN THE EASTERN GULF COAST REGION OF TEXAS. San Antonio: 1936. 1st edition, 143p., frontispiece, map.
 
Price: $175.00

This classic and concise book concentrates on battles at Galveston and Sabine Pass.

Dowling remains an icon in Southeast Texas because of his Spartan-like stand at Sabine Pass, where his forty-seven artillerists stopped an invasion by 4,000 Federals under William Franklin.

Lt. wear; lt. fox; severely stained dust jacket; else very good; quite scarce in d.j.

 
  (Scribner’s) CAMPAIGNS OF THE CIVIL WAR (14 vols); THE NAVY IN THE CIVIL WAR (3 vols); STUDIES OF THE CIVIL WAR (4 vols); DOCUMENTS OF THE CIVIL WAR (1 vol).  22 volumes in all. The Archive Society, 1994. Blue cloth to match the original Scribner’s CAMPAIGNS series of the 1880s. 
 
 
Price: $275.00

The Archive Society reprinting of the fourteen monographs originally published by Scribner's under the series title "Campaigns of the Civil War" and the three monographs published by Scribner's under the series title "The Navy in the Civil War."   Four monographs originally published by Houghton Mifflin are here included as "Studies on the Civil War."  As well, one volume originally published by Lippincott in 1862 - Henry Coppee's The Field Manual for Battalion Drill – is here included as "Documents of the Civil War."

All excellent (no dust jackets as published).

 
  Stowe, Harriet Beecher. UNCLE TOM'S CABIN. London: 1852. 1st London Edition, illustrated by George Cruikshank; serialized in 13-parts, illustrated.
 

Price: $2,500.00

The original appearance of Stowe's earth-shaking story in the English market. The "Cruikshank" edition features engravings by the famous artist.

Each part a separate gathering, usual toning, light foxing; occasional loose leaves; protected on clam shell box with leather spine label.

Quite rare.

 
  Tomes, Robert, and Wilson, John Laird.   BATTLES OF AMERICA BY SEA AND LAND, WITH BIOGRAPHIES OF NAVAL AND MILITARY COMMANDERS.  VOLUME I. COLONIAL AND REVOLUTIONARY; VOLUME II.  WAR OF 1812 AND MEXICAN CAMPAIGNS; VOLUME III.  THE GREAT CIVIL WAR.  New York:  (1878).  1st ed. thus, 3 vols. (632p.; 950p.; 976p.), fts., plates. 
 
 
Price: $475.00

Volumes I and II were published in 1861, on the eve of the conflict that produced Volume III, which was published at the war’s end in 1865.  This is the first 3 volume edition, full of excellent plates, highly evocative of the era. 

All three vols. re-cased in original ¾ leather, w/ raised bands, gilt inlay image of Columbia, & a.e.g.; lt. edgewear; v. lt. scuff. & blistered bds.; v. lt. fox.; else v.g.+  A great looking set, both inside and out!

 
 

Williamson, James J.  MOSBY’S RANGERS:  A RECORD OF THE OPERATIONS OF THE FORTY-THIRD BATTALON VIRGINIA CAVALRY, FROM THE ORGANIZATION TO THE SURRENDER…  New York:  1896.  1st ed., 511p., ft., illus., maps, facsims.  [Howes W-498, D1302] 

 
Price: $475.00

Penned by a member of Co. A of the title unit, this scarce first edition contains many personal observations and unique illustrations. 

Lt. scuff./soil. bds; edgewear; else v.g.

 

 

Books About Gettysburg - The Battle, The Cemetery, The Address.

The List of Gettysburg books is available Here

 

(Bakersfield Condors) Gettysburg Address Commemorative Hockey Jersey. Size 56.

 

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The Bakersfield (California) Condors minor league hockey team produced this jersey to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address.

Many folks have asked, "What does Bakersfield have to do with Lincoln or the Gettysburg Address?" We asked the Condors. The answer? "Because we love Abraham Lincoln." Well stated! We took one of the jerseys to Gettysburg on the Sesquicentennial of the speech, November 19, 2013, and wore it on the exact site where Lincoln gave the great speech.

Quantities Limited!

TV personality Keith Olbermann featured the jersey on his show. See the clip here.

Here's a great look at the jersey, too.

 
 

(Gettysburg Address) ADDRESS OF HON. EDWARD EVERETT AT THE CONSECRATION OF THE NATIONAL CEMETERY AT GETTYSBURG, 19TH NOVEMBER 1863...Boston; 1864. 87 (+1), in wraps, with fold-out map; Carbonell #6.

 
Price: $2,500.00

Includes Lincoln's "few brief remarks."

This is the so-called 'official report' authorized and paid for by the Soldiers' National Cemetery Association, published in Boston by Little Brown and Company.

Good condition, missing back cover, spine chipping, edge toning. Map has minor ghosting.

 

 
  Meade, George G. WITH MEADE AT GETTYSBURG. Philadelphia: 1930. 1st ed., 205p., ft., plates, 24 folding maps.
 
Price: $350.00

Uncommon; taken from the LIFE AND LETTERS OF GEORGE GORDON MEADE. 

Maps excellent; light mottling on top of boards and spine; slight chipping of extremities; G.A.R. library book plate, but very little of the wear associated with ex-library titles; else very good.

 
  (New York) Monuments Commission for the Battlefields of Gettysburg and Chattanooga. FINAL REPORT OF THE BATTLEFIELD OF GETTYSBURG. Albany: J. B. Lyon, 1902. 2 nd edition, 3 volumes, plates, portraits, folding maps.
 
 
Price: $225.00

“This compendium of material includes oftentimes valuable speeches delivered by participants.”
--Allan Nevins.

Some maps missing; a mixed set (Volumes 1 and 2 match, but Volume 3 appears to be from a different set); rub; sun; light chipping of extremities; Volume 3 cracked rear hinge with severe mottling on spine and rear board & light foxing; a presentation copy inscribed by Gettysburg veteran 1st Sergeant Andrew J. Sutton of the 6 h New York Cavalry, Buford’s Brigade, on the 52nd anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1915.

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  Nye, Wibur Sturtevant. HERE COME THE REBELS! Baton Rouge: (1965). 1st edition, 412p., maps.
 
Price: $85.00

The story of Lee's invasion of Pennsylvania in 1863 up to the Battle of Gettysburg, with emphasis on Ewell's Corps. Fine accounts of little-known battles such as Second Winchester or Stephenson's Depot.  Also with excellent maps of the various movements.

Very good; dust jacket lightly torn at spine. 

 
  Pfanz, Harry W. GETTYSBURG: THE SECOND DAY. Chapel Hill: 1987. 1st ed., 601p., illus., maps.
 

Price: $75.00

Written by a past historian at the Gettysburg National Military Park, this is the definitive account of this critical engagement. A great sesquecentennial read!

Excellent; d.j.

 
  Schildt, John W.  ROADS TO GETTYSBURG.  West Virginia: 1978.  1st edition, 582p., maps, illustrated. 
 

Price: $85.00

An account of the prelude to Gettysburg, treating the movements of both armies.  More broadly drawn that Nye's narrowly focused Here Come the Rebels.  John Schildt created a detailed work that follows each corps of both armies. 

Very good; dust jacket. Scarce in First Edition.

 
  Trevis, C. THIS HISTORY OF THE FIGHTING FOURTEENTH. PUBLISHED IN COMMEMORATION OF THE FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MUSTER OF THE REGIMENT INTO THE UNITED STATES SERVICE, MAY 23, 1861. (NY: 1911). 1st ed., 366p., frontispiece, illustrated.   [ D-422].  
 
Price: $275.00

history of the 14th Brooklyn (84th N.Y.), which helped charge the Railroad Cut at Gettysburg; features contributions from veterans, portraits, and wartime service record summaries.  

Light foxing of endpages; light chipping of extremities; else clean and tight (unusual for a book of tis size and age), with brilliant gilt lettering and device in front board. 

 
  Wasson, Edmund A.  THAT GETTYSBURG ADDRESS: MADE BY PRESIDENT LINCOLN ON THE BATTLEFIELD OF GETTYSBURG ON NOVEMBER 19, 1863.  (Italy:  1965).   Ltd. ed. of 225 copies, 109p., illus. 
 
 
Price: $175.00

An unusual criticism, privately printed; interesting in its attempt to rewrite Lincoln according to the rules of good rhetoric. 

V.g., t.e.g. & uncut edges.  

 
Regimental Histories

The Regimental History Titles from Catalog 171 are Included Here

  (Georgia) Nisbet, James C. FOUR YEARS ON THE FIRING LINE. Chattanooga: 1914. 1st edition, 445p, frontispiece, [D278, Howes N- 159, ITC #133, Eicher #296].
 
Price: $1,650.00

Nisbet was a Georgia farmer who rose to command a regiment. His excellent and personal memoirs cover action in major battles in both theaters. Since he campaigned under General Lee as well as in the Atlanta Campaign, his accounts serve as a common resource for all modern literature on such battles as Antietam, Chickamauga, and Atlanta. Nisbet is remarkably difficult to find in the original edition.

In original bright blue boards; light soiling and mottling on spine; light foxing; light chipping of extremities; else very good.

 
  (Illinois) Rogers, Robert M. THE 125th ILLINOIS VOLUNTEER INFANTRY. ATTENTION BATTALION! Champaign: 1882. 1st edition, 226p., frontispiece [D349].
 
Price: $675.00

Fine short history of a unit that served under Rosecrans and Thomas at Chickamauga, Chattanooga and Kennesaw Mountain. Very uncommon; not in Nevins.

Nicely rebound with original front board cloth that is unusually bright; minor damage, including small tears, to the tops of a few leaves, but without loss; Light toning as usual; else very good. Quite scarce.

 
  (1st Kentucky Cavalry - Union) Tarrant, Eastham. THE WILD RIDERS OF THE FIRST KENTUCKY CAVALRY. A HISTORY OF THE REGIMENT, IN THE GREAT WAR OF THE REBELLION, 1861-1865... Louisville: 1894. 1st edition, 503p., plates, portraits, [D327, Howes T-38].
 
Price: $475.00

These "Wild Riders" opened the ball at the Battle of Mill Springs. It was the beginning of a long and distinguished career for the Kentucky Unionists. "Tarrant's narrative, based on wartime documents, clear memory, and good judgment, is the best account by a member of a Kentucky unit in Federal service". - Nevins.

Presentation copy to historian Stephen Z. Starr by Kentucky Civil War RoundTable, with Starr's bookplate; lightly scuffed boards with light fraying of extremities; lightly shaken front hinge; else very good. Scarce regimental and great cavalry piece.

 

The True, Rare First Edition Regimental History Of The Washington Artillery
Including Original Bound-In Photographs

  (Louisiana) [Bartlett, Napier] A STORY OF THE WAR: INCLUDING THE MARCHES AND BATTLES OF THE WASHINGTON ARTILLERY, AND OF OTHER LOUISIANA TROOPS. New Orleans: Clark & Hofeline, 1874. 259p.; gilt-titled front board.
 

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Price: $8,500.00

The true first edition with nine (9) bound in albumen photographs, including: J. B. Walton (Colonel) as frontis; William M. Owen (Adj. and Chief of Staff; author IN CAMP AND BATTLE, wearing the uniform on display at Battle Abby, pg. 60); and John B. Richardson (Captain, Co. C, pg. 80). Inscribed to a Capt. E. J. Butts(?) by A. Luria of Company A, Washington Light Artillery. There is no established number of included photos; each extant copy being different, including who is shown.

Besides a full roster, this reliable account is especially valuable for its camp scenes. The single sheet titled "Reorganization of the Washington Artillery Since the War" follows the title page, headed, "A Last Chapter Placed First." Six pages of advertisements are bound in at the end, plus the scarce (and not always present) page for the Louisiana State Lottery.

Very good condition for this extremely scarce volume; usual foxing; lt. rubbing; weak hinges.

 
  (Massachusetts) Johns, Henry T. LIFE WITH THE FORTY-NINTH MASSACHUSETTS VOLUNTEERS. Pittsfield, MA: 1864. 1st edition, 391p., Frontispiece, illustrated.
 

Price: $285.00

The 49th Massachusetts was a nine-month regiment that served in Louisiana, and their one big campaign was for Port Hudson. The author of this unit history was greatly interested in the African Americans the regiment encountered, and described individual freed people and larger gatherings such as religious meetings. Johns is an unusual Union observer, as he boldly advocates social equality.

The regiment was commanded by the remarkable William F. Bartlett, who is pictured on the frontispiece. Bartlett, twenty-one years old in 1861, served in the 20th Massachusetts before taking command of the 49th. He later commanded the 57th Massachusetts, before receiving command of a brigade and a division. Bartlett was wounded at Port Hudson, and then wounded and captured at the Battle of the Crater.

Rebound in cloth with gilt spine label; light foxing throughout; else very good.

 
  (New Jersey) Baquet, Camille. HISTORY OF THE FIRST BRIGADE, NEW JERSEY VOLUNTEERS FROM 1861 TO 1865... Trenton: 1910. 1st edition, 515p., frontispiece, illustrations, top edge gilt, [D-11].
 
Price: $450.00

First rate brigade history of a famous VI Corps unit, w/useful information on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 15th, 23rd, 10th, and 40th New Jersey.

Light bump; very light wear of extremities; else very good. Bright.

 
  (New York) Kirk, Hyland C. HEAVY GUNS AND LIGHT: A HISTORY OF THE 4th NEW YORK HEAVY ARTILLERY. New York , (1890). 1st edition, 661(5)p., frontispiece, illustrations, portraits, maps, [D21].
 
Price: $395.00

These heavies were recruited to garrison fixed defenses around Washington. In May, 1864 General Grant ordered then into the field and the suffered heavily during the battles of the Overland campaign and Petersburg. The 4th New York Heavy Artillery fought at Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Reams, Station, and many other places. Their history is fulsome, and well-illustrated. Includes illustrated roster.

Rebacked with original boards and spine; light bump; light chipping of extremities; else very good. The gilt lettering and red devices on front board and spine are bright and attractive.

 
  (6th Ohio) Hannaford, Ebenezer. THE STORY OF A REGIMENT: A HISTORY OF THE CAMPAIGNS, AND ASSOCIATIONS IN THE FIELD, OF THE SIXTH REGIMENT OHIO VOLUNTEER INFANTRY. Cincinnati: 1868. 1st edition, 622p., folding map, [D110B].
 
Price: $375.00

The 6th Ohio was a Cincinnati outfit, based around a famous militia battalion, The Guthrie Greys. As a volunteer regiment they served in the Army of the Ohio and the Army of the Cumberland , seeing heavy action at Shiloh, Stones River, and Chattanooga . Hannaford’s account is rich in detail and written very shortly after the war. A good, reliable history.

Bound in ¾ leather with marbled boards and end pages; water stained throughout; light foxing; light rubbing; light chipping of extremities; else very good.

 
  (103rd Pennsylvania) Dickey, Luther S. HISTORY OF THE ONE HUNDRED THIRD REGIMENT PENNSYLVANIA VOLUNTEER INFANTRY, 1861-1865… Chicago: 1910. 1st edition, 400p., illustrations, maps, folding map, portraits, [D258].
 
Price: $350.00

Written in collaboration with Sergeant Samuel Evans of the regiment, Dickey devotes enormous effort to refighting the battle of Seven Pines. His book contributes much to the history of that important battle. Though difficult to digest, the research is good and the arguments valid. The book also reprints a number of diaries and reminiscences of veterans. Also a valuable resource on prison life and operations in North Carolina .

Light wear; light chipping of extremities; else very good with bright device on cover. Inscribed and Signed by Dickey.

 
  (Texas)  Polley, J. B.  A SOLDIER’S LETTERS TO CHARMING NELLIE.  New York and Washington:  1908.  1st ed., 317p., ft., plates.  [D1088, Howes P-466, Krick 402] 
 
Price: $595.00

A history of the First Corps, Army of Northern Virginia as depicted in letters.  A valuable, and scarce, primary source, by a member of Hood’s Texas Brigade.  

Lt. mottled bds.; shaken ft. hng.; lt. fox. ft. eps., title p., & contents pp.; lt.  wear, else v.g., w/ t.e.g.; in custom clamshell box.

 
  (6th Wisconsin) Dawes, Rufus R. SERVICE WITH THE SIXTH WISCONSIN VOLUNTEERS. Marietta, Ohio: 1890. 1st ed., 330p., illus., ports., maps. [D-64], [Howes D-148].
 
Price: $450.00

With very few rivals, this volume is among the finest regimental histories written. It is the single most important resource on the Iron Brigade, and heavily cited in all subsequent histories (Nolan, Gaff, Herdegen, and others).

Clean, but with lightly darkened spine; front hinge starting; light fraying and light chipping of extremities; else very good. Scarce.

 

The War of 1812, though ending status quo ante bellum, was decisive for Native Americans, the United States, and most of all for Canada.  The power of Indians in the Old Northwest and Southwest was broken, while the United States fought foreign invaders for the last time, gained greater respect abroad, and found two future presidents. 

For Canada, the War of 1812 was its founding event.  The repelling of the American invasion forged a national identity, and never again would Canada fear military conquest from her southern neighbor.  It is not at all surprising that of the three nations involved, only the government of Canada is officially commemorating the War of 1812, for she was the war’s true victor.   

To observe the bicentennial of this unjustly unknown war, the Abraham Lincoln Book Shop offers the following list of 100 (half a bicentennial’s worth) works on the War of 1812: in print, reprint, oddities, rarities, even a few novels and juveniles, and more than a few important pieces of historiography and collectable Americana.  Please enjoy the selection below, and please take a moment to remember the momentous events of 200 years ago, and the men and women who made them.

Below are Some Highlights from our War of 1812 Offerings.
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  Cooper, J. Fenimore.  LIVES OF DISTINGUISHED AMERICAN NAVAL OFFICERS.  Philadelphia:  1846.  1st ed., 2 vols. (252p.; 264p.), illus.  [Howes C-749] 
 
Price: $295.00

The author of The Last of the Mohicans turns his talents to biographical sketches of Jones, Preble, O.H. Perry, and six other heroes of the early American Navy. 

Fray. & ch. extrems.; lt. fox. throughout both vols.; else v.g.

 
  Hickey, Donald R.  DON’T GIVE UP THE SHIP!  MYTHS OF THE WAR OF 1812.  Urbana and Chicago:  (2006).  1st ed., 430p., illus., illus. eps., maps. 
 
Price: $36.95

"A provocative and intriguing analysis of the myths and realities of the last Anglo-American conflict."

There is nothing like this anywhere…” --- Daniel Curtis Skaggs. 

Signed plate; as new; d.j.

 
  McCranie, Kevin D.  UTMOST GALLANTRY:  THE U.S. AND ROYAL NAVIES AT SEA IN THE WAR OF 1812.  Annapolis:  (2011).  1st ed., 365p., illus., maps. 
 
Price: $39.95

An action packed new account, drawn from archival sources on both sides of the Atlantic, focusing on the high seas rather than the Great Lakes. 

Signed bookplate; as new; d.j.

 
  Malcomson, Robert and Thomas.  HMS DETROIT:  THE BATTLE FOR LAKE ERIE.  Annapolis:  (1990).  1st ed., illus., maps. 
 
Price: $25.95

The story of a ship and a battle in the struggle for the Great Lakes. 

Bookplate signed by Robert; as new; d.j

 
  Skaggs, David Curtis, and Altoff, Gerard T.  A SIGNAL VICTORY:  THE LAKE ERIE CAMPAIGN, 1812-1813.  Annapolis:  (1997).  1st ed., 244p., illus., maps. 
 
Price: $34.95

A superb study of the historic naval battle. 

Bookplate signed by Skaggs; as new; d.j.    

 
  (--) THE BATTLE OF LAKE ERIE AND ITS AFTERMATH: A REASSESSMENT. KENT: (2013).  1st ed., 274p., , ft., illus., map, photos.
 
Price: $38.95

This splendid collection celebrates the bicentennial of the American victory with a review of the battle and its consequences. 

Bookplate signed by Skaggs; as new; d.j.    

 

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  (Abolition) THE ANTI-SLAVERY RECORD. Volume II, No. 1 – No. 12. [NY]: The American Anti-Slavery Society, 1836. First edition thus (issues 13-24). 12mo.; 170p. (numbered consecutively within each individual number); illustrated with wood engravings. Bound in full purple cloth with blindstamped boards and gold spine lettering. Inscribed (to the "Beech Wood Social Lyceum"), signed, and dated (1841) on ft. endpaper by the American abolitionist publisher, Isaac Newton Peirce, often cited as the author of The Narraganset Chief
 

Price: $750.00

This fascinating compilation contains twelve complete issues of the Record, to which have been appended 24 pages of news items and other material originally found on the printed wrappers. Published for the Society by R.G. Williams. Contributors include John Greenleaf Whittier.

Quite scarce, with a nice association.

 
  “American Political Leaders Series”.  New York: 1930-48.  16 vols., fts., plates.  Barnes, James A., JOHN G. CARLISLE: FINANCIAL STATESMAN; Caldwell, Robert Granville, JAMES A. GARFIELD: PARTY CHIEFTAIN; Dennett, Tyler, JOHN HAY: FROM POETRY TO POLITICS; Eckenrode, H.J., RUTHERFORD B. HAYES: STATESMAN OF REUNION; Flick, Alexander C., SAMUEL J. TILDEN: A STUDY IN POLITICAL SAGACITY; Fuess, Claude M., CARL SCHURZ: REFORMER; Hesseltine, William B., ULYSSES S. GRANT: POLITICIAN; Hirsch, Mark D., WILLIAM C. WHITNEY: MODERN WARWICK; Howe, George F., CHESTER A. ARTHUR: A QUARTER-CENTURY OF MACHINE POLITICS; Jessup, Philip C., ELIHU ROOT, 2 vols.; Muzzey, Davis Saville, JAMES G. BLAINE: A POLITICAL IDOL OF OTHER DAYS; Nevins, Allan, GROVER CLEVELAND; Nevins, Allan, HAMILTON FISH: THE INNER WORKINGS OF THE GRANT ADMINSTRATION; Richardson, Leon B., WILLIAM E. CHANDLER: REPUBLICAN; Robinson, William, THOMAS B. REED: PARLIAMENTARIAN. 
 
 
Price: $900.00

Edited by Allan Nevins, this difficult-to-find complete series produced some of the finest biographies of political heavyweights of the latter 19th century.  The first two volumes of J.G. Randall’s Lincoln the President are also technically part of this series, but were not published in the distinct red cloth like the rest of the above; otherwise complete.

First eds., save Dennett and Nevins; varying degrees of lt. wear & sun on all vols., overall v.g. and clean.

 
  Henry, Robert Selph.  THE STORY OF THE MEXICAN WAR.  Indianapolis: (1950).  1st ed., 424p., illus., maps. 
 
 
Price: $75.00

Excellent narrative, by a fine popular historian, of the training ground for  the greater conflict to follow.  

Inscribed; excellent; lt. edgewear on  d.j., else v.g., bright..

 
 

(--) Hinshaw, David.  HERBERT HOOVER:  AMERICAN QUAKER.  NY:  Farrar, Straus, 1950.  Ltd. ed., signed by Hinshaw.  469p.; color frontis; illus.; original illustrated slipcase. 

 
 
Price: $75.00

Book excellent; slipcase v.g, with some slight foxing and rubbing.

 
  Jenkins, John S.  HISTORY OF THE WAR BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND MEXICO, FROM THE COMMENCEMENT OF HOSTILITIES TO THE RATIFICATION OF THE TREATY OF PEACE.  Auburn: 1850.  3rd ed., 526p., plates. 
 
 
Price: $425.00

A highly factual early history, based on soldiers’ narratives, government documents, and military reports.  Jenkins wrote from a patriotic, anti-slavery, and anti-war viewpoint.  Contains “Supplementary Note Containing An Account of the Gold Discoveries in California”, not found in other eds. 

All leather bds. w/ attractive devices & mbld. eps.; lt. ch. extrems.; v. lt. sun. sp.; lt. fox.; else v.g., w/ nice bright gilt sp

 
  Pirtle, Capt. Alfred.  THE BATTLE OF TIPPECANOE.  Louisville: Filson Club Pub. No. 15, 1900.  1st.; 158(5)p.; frontis.; folio in wraps. 
 
 
Price: $175.00

One of a series of papers read before this old and distinguished history club in Louisville.  Expanded w/ notes and index. 

Scarce. Front wrap. detached/ch.; else clean.

 

 

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