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The Centennial History of the Civil War: The Coming Fury, Terrible Swift Sword, Never Call Retreat

By CATTON, Bruce

New York: Doubleday & Company, 1961. Hardcover. Complete 3-volume set. Small 4to. Two-tone cloth with black and silver lettering, pictorial dust jackets. 565pp; xi, 559pp; xi, 555pp. Map endpapers, maps (some color). Near fine to very good/very good. Minor jacket edgewear; some spotting to top page edges. A tight and attractive first edition of this classic trilogy, with fine autograph addition: Neatly tipped into the first volume is a Typed Note Signed from Catton, 1p, 5½" X 8½", New York, NY, n.y. Addressed to noted Lincoln/Civil War scholar Arnold F. Gates (1914-93). Near fine. On letterhead of "New York State Civil War Centennial Commission" citing Catton as editor, he writes this officer of the New York City Civil War Round Table: "Here you are, with the form all filled out. As you can see, the box in which the book came fell all apart somewhere en route, but the contents are undefiled." Signed simply "Bruce" boldly in pencil. Interesting if cryptic. E.B. Long (in Nevins' "Civil War Books") calls this trio "One of the outstanding literary achievements of the Centennial years; Catton here demonstrates his prodigious ability to tell a story well without neglecting detail," while David Eicher calls it "masterfully written simple history, lightly documented and sweeping in its overview of a multitude of complex events...." NEVINS II, 7. EICHER 736.

$350.00

The Confederate Mail Carrier or from Missouri to Arkansas, Through Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee. An Unwritten Leaf of the "Civil War."
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The Confederate Mail Carrier or from Missouri to Arkansas, Through Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee. An Unwritten Leaf of the "Civil War."

By BRADLEY, James

Mexico, MO: James Bradley, 1894. Hardcover. Small 8vo. Light green blind-ruled cloth with gilt lettering. ii, 275pp. Frontispiece, full-page portraits, floral endpapers. Very good. Faint edgewear, with spine lightly toned but front board gilt bright and gleaming; front floral endpaper a near-matching late 19th century replacement and frontispiece and title page likewise a discreet expert facsimile reproduced on late 19th century stock. A tight and attractive first edition of this scarce memoir, nice despite replacement front flyleaf/frontispiece/title page -- and priced accordingly. Typically verbose subtitle elaborates: "Being an account of the Battles, Marches and Hardships of the First and Second Brigades, Mo., C.S.A. Together with the thrilling adventures and narrow escapes of Captain Grimes and his fair accomplice, who carried the mail by 'the underground route' from the Brigade to Missouri." HOWES B 706. DORNBUSCH II, 2621. NEVINS I, 62.

$150.00

The Long Roll
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The Long Roll

By JOHNSTON, Mary

Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1911. Hardcover. Illustrations by N.C. Wyeth. Small 8vo. Light grey cloth with gilt lettering and grey rules and pictorial stamping. x, 683pp, (6pp ads). Tissue-guarded color frontispiece, 3 full-page called-for color plates, map endpapers. Very good. Quite mild binding edgewear only, else quite tight and internally fine. Handsome first edition of this popular Civil War fiction that apparently got the bestselling novelist in hot water with "Stonewall" Jackson's widow. Superb, pristine Wyeth color plates. Johnston (1870-1936) was not only a prolific writer but also a noted Virginia women's rights activist. A wonderful copy.

$50.00

Joe: A Boy in the War-times
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Joe: A Boy in the War-times

By BIGHAM, R.W.

Nashville: Sunday-School Department, Publishing House of the M.E. Church, South, 1889. Hardcover. 16mo. Taupe cloth with gilt spine lettering and black decorative stamping. 226pp. Very good. Mild binding wear only, else quite tight and internally near fine. Attractive first edition of this obscure Civil War fiction. W.G.E. Cunningham introduces this novel penned by a reverend associated with the North Georgia Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, noting that "He has avoided all bitterness of expression and all unkind partisan feeling ... Although a 'full-blooded' Southerner, he deals kindly with the Federals, even when describing the desolation produced by their invasion of the South...." A lovely copy of a scarce title.

$75.00

House Undivided: The Story of Freemasonry and the Civil War

By ROBERTS, Allen E.

N.p.: Missouri Lodge of Research, 1961. Hardcover. Small 4to. Teal blue cloth with gilt spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. xviii, 356pp. Frontispiece. Very good/very good. Inoffensive stain on outer page edges to otherwise near fine volume; jacket edgeworn, with a few archivally closed (on verso) edge tears. Tight and attractive first edition. Superb copy of this scarce study -- with appropriate nonauthorial gift inscription on front flyleaf: "Presented to / Artie Marshall Christy / on his observance of / Fifty Years in Masonry / by his / Brethren of Herald Lodge #455 / George E. Cordell / Worshipful Master / Maxwell, Iowa / April 7, 1965." (Boldly penned in black fineline with signature in blue ballpoint.).

$75.00

The Old South: Essays Social and Political

By PAGE, Thomas Nelson

Chautauqua, NY: The Chautauqua Press, 1919. Hardcover. 8vo. Tan cloth with black lettering and rules. viii, 344pp. Very good. Faint binding wear only, else tight and internally near fine. A tight, nice reprint edition of this text first published in 1892.

$25.00

Facing the Enemy, the Illustrated Story Life of General W.T. Sherman

By HEADLEY, P.C.

New York: Geo. A. Leavitt, 1870. Hardcover. 12mo. Blue blind-ruled cloth with ornate gilt spine lettering and decorations. 365pp. Frontispiece, illustrations, map. Very good. Some binding edgewear, mainly at spine head and tail; bright blue area on front board suggests long-ago rental library label; ownership inkstamp on front pastedown and front flyleaf. A tight and decent later printing of this 1865 text, a volume in this publisher's "Young American's Library of Modern Heroes" series. Rather worn, but a presentable and handleable early reprint edition -- and actually rather uncommon.

$45.00

Fighting Phil, the Illustrated Story Life of General Sheridan

By HEADLEY, P.C.

New York: Geo. A. Leavitt, 1870. Hardcover. 12mo. Blue blind-ruled cloth with gilt spine lettering and decorations. 358pp. Frontispiece, illustrations. Good plus. Binding quite edgeworn and rubbed, mainly at spine head and tail; text block likewise edgeworn and age toned, with front flyleaf an expert contemporary replacement; bright blue rectangle on front board suggests long-ago rental library label. Tight, decent later printing of this 1865 text, part of this publisher's "Young American's Library of Modern Heroes" series. Title as it appears on half-title page: "Life and Military Career of Major-General Philip Henry Sheridan." Despite heavy wear, a presentable and handleable early reprint edition -- and actually rather uncommon.

$40.00

The Wartime Papers of R.E. Lee

By DOWDEY, Clifford, and MANARIN, Louis H. (editors)

New York: Virginia Civil War Commission and Bramhall House, n.y.. Hardcover. Small 4to. Brown glossy paper over boards, dust jacket. xiv, 994pp. Frontispiece, maps. Near fine/near fine. Modern reprint of this 1961 edition, tight and attractive.

$25.00

Advance and Retreat

By HOOD, John Bell

Secaucus, NJ: Blue and Grey Press, 1985. Hardcover. Small 4to. Grey buckram spine with black lettering and grey paper over boards, dust jacket. 358pp. Maps. Near fine/very good. Faintest of jacket wear. First of this facsimile reprint of the 1880 first edition of the Confederate general's memorable memoir -- tight and handsome. Robert W. Johannsen calls this "The controversial, sometimes bitter, memoirs of a maimed Confederate general...." NEVINS II, 65.

$25.00

From Manassas to Appomattox: Memoirs of the Civil War in America
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From Manassas to Appomattox: Memoirs of the Civil War in America

By LONGSTREET, James

Secaucus, NJ: The Blue & Grey Press, 1988. Hardcover. Small 4to. Grey cloth spine with gilt lettering and blue paper over boards, pictorial dust jacket. xxii, 690pp. Illustrations, 16 maps. Fine/fine. Reprint edition, a handsome facsimile of the 1896 Philadelphia first edition. Memoirs of the controversial Confederate general.

$30.00

Life-Struggles in Rebel Prisons: A Record of the Sufferings, Escapes, Adventures and Starvation of the Union Prisoners
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Life-Struggles in Rebel Prisons: A Record of the Sufferings, Escapes, Adventures and Starvation of the Union Prisoners

By FERGUSON, Joseph

Philadelphia: James M. Ferguson, Publisher, 1865. Hardcover. 16mo. Dark green blind-embossed cloth with gilt spine lettering. 206pp, 24pp. Frontispiece. Good plus. Binding quite worn and rubbed, but still tight; text block moderately age toned and foxed throughout; ca. 1865 ownership signature on front flyleaf. Worn but tight, decent, presentable and quite handleable first edition. Reverend Joseph T. Cooper introduces this survivor's personal narrative, which stymied scholar Frank Byrne's Nevins critique: "Ferguson's extreme bitterness and frequent use of hearsay evidence lessens the reliability of the whole book" -- though it doesn't disprove it either. A serviceable copy of a scarce title. NEVINS I, 191.

$75.00

Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant
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Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant

By GRANT, Ulysses S.

New York: Charles L. Webster & Company, 1885. Hardcover. Complete 2-volume set. Small 4to. Green cloth with gilt lettering and medallion. 584pp, 647pp. Frontispieces, illustrations (2 foldouts), floral endpapers. Very good. Mild binding edgewear, with a few mild scuffs and discolored patch on first volume rear board, though giltstamping is bright and it's tight and internally near fine; ownership signature on front pastedown of each volume; two facing rear fleleaves in second volume show offsetting from long-ago newsprint contact. A tight and nice first edition of the famed autobiography known as the "Shoulderstrap Edition" because of the general's 4-star epaulettes on the spines. One of the greatest presidential memoirs ever, although it only goes up through the war's end. "Written frantically while in a race with death," notes Robert W. Johannsen, "these recollections rank with the best of the Civil War period." NEVINS II, 59.

$400.00

The Naval History of the Civil War

By PORTER, David D.

Secaucus, NJ: Castle Books, 1984. Hardcover. 4to. Blue and grey paper over boards with black spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. xvi, 843pp. Near fine/near fine. Tight and quite nice facsimile reprint of the massive 1886 first edition (New York: The Sherman Publishing Company), "Illustrated from Original Sketches Made by Rear-Admiral Walke and Others." According to Thomas Wells: "Comprehensive, partisan, egotistical, sometimes inaccurate, but always interesting." NEVINS I, 231.

$45.00

The True History of the Civil War
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The True History of the Civil War

By LEE, Guy Carleton

Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1903. Hardcover. 8vo. Light blue cloth with dark blue lettering and gilt medallion. 421pp. Top edge gilt. Frontispiece, full-page plates, partly-color map. Very good. Mild binding edgewear, with spine faintly sunned; inoffensive dampstain at top page edges; 1903 nonauthorial gift inscription on front flyleaf. A tight and decent first edition. Noted scholar E.B. Long wasn't a fan, complaining that "One-third of this superficial study treats of causation; the remainer is too pro-Southern to be accepted at face value." NEVINS II, 19.

$45.00

Recollections and Letters of General Robert E. Lee
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Recollections and Letters of General Robert E. Lee

By LEE, Robert E.

New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1904. Hardcover. Small 4to. Light grey cloth with gilt lettering and ivory rules and gilt, green, orange and ivory front board medallion. xii, 461pp. Top edge gilt. Tissue-guarded frontispiece, 3 full-page tissue-guarded illustrations. Very good. Binding, especially spine, mildly age toned; ownership signature front pastedown; inoffensive small stain at rear board lower left corner. A quite handsome and tight first edition of this hefty compilation. Scarce. NEVINS I, 120 and II, 71.

$100.00

Who Was Who in the Confederacy

By SIFAKIS, Stewart

New York: Facts on File Publications, 1988. Paperback. 4to. Stiff glossy pictorial wrappers. xi, 324pp. Numerous illustrations. Near fine. First softbound edition, tight and attractive, of this useful and surprisingly uncommon biographical dictionary -- "A comprehensive, illustrated biographical reference," notes the subtitle, "to more than 1000 of the principal Confederate participants in the Civil War." Second volume of "Who Was Who in the Civil War."

$25.00

The Civil War Through the Camera: Hundreds of Vivid Photographs Actually Taken in Civil War Times -- Sixteen Reproductions in Color of Famous War Paintings
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The Civil War Through the Camera: Hundreds of Vivid Photographs Actually Taken in Civil War Times -- Sixteen Reproductions in Color of Famous War Paintings

By ELSON, Henry W.

New York: McKinlay, Stone & Mackenzie, 1912. Hardcover. Small 4to. Red cloth with gilt and black spine lettering. (Ca. 400pp). Color frontispiece, extensive illustrations, 15 heavy stock called-for color plates. Very good. Binding a tad edgeworn and spine faintly sunned, else tight and internally near fine. Attractive first edition of what E.B. Long critiques as "The best of the early one-volume picture books...." A really sharp copy. Also issued as sixteen separate pamphlets. NEVINS II, 8.

$75.00

Battleground Adventures in the Civil War: The Stories of Dwellers on the Scenes of Conflict in Some of the Most Notable Battles of the Civil War
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Battleground Adventures in the Civil War: The Stories of Dwellers on the Scenes of Conflict in Some of the Most Notable Battles of the Civil War

By JOHNSON, Clifton

Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1915. Hardcover. Illustrations by Rodney Thompson. 8vo. Red cloth with black and yellow lettering and pictorial stamping. ix, 422pp. Tissue-guarded color frontispiece, 15 full-page called-for partly-color plates. Very good. While tight and internally near fine, binding is slightly edgeworn, with a bit of rubbing and age toning; Christmas 1915 nonauthorial gift inscription on front flyleaf. A tight, quite decent first edition of this fictionalized young adult story collection. Not in Nevins.

$45.00

Statistical Record of the Armies of the United States
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Statistical Record of the Armies of the United States

By PHISTERER, Frederick

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1883. Hardcover. Small 8vo. Dark blue pebble-grain pictorial blind-embossed cloth with gilt lettering. viii, 343pp, (4pp ads). Very good. Mildly edgeworn only, else tight and internally near fine; light 1883 ownership stamp on front flyleaf. A tight and quite attractive first edition of this "Supplementary Volume" from this publisher's popular "Campaigns of the Civil War" series, being a useful organizational reference work. NEVINS I, 13.

$75.00

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