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The Pictorial Field Book of the Revolution. 1775-1783
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The Pictorial Field Book of the Revolution. 1775-1783

By Lossing, Benson J.

Glendale, NY: Benchmark Publishing Corp, 1970. Hardcover. Fine. Very nice facsimile reprint of the original edition, which was published in 1855. Lossing was a trustee of Vassar College and a prolific author. He wrote many other books, among them one on the Hudson, the War of 1812 and the Civil War. 2 volumes, 4to, (approx. 12" tall), 783pp (&) 772pp. There are attractive woodcut illustrations reproduced throughout. Publishers salmon colored gilt cloth.

$50.00

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 & Co., 1885. First edition. Hardcover. Very good condition. Memoirs of one of the most recognized figures in American military history. Profusely illustrated with portrait frontispieces, steel engravings, facsimiles, and 43 maps. As the successful Civil War general and less successful president was ruined by bankruptcy and dying of cancer, Grant agreed to publish his memoirs, which successfully assured his family's financial security. Mark Twain agreed to serve as the publisher. He completed the memoirs shortly before his death in the summer of 1885. "It seemed to Twain, sitting quietly near him in his bedroom at Sixtieth Street, that Grant had fully regained the stature of a hero" (Kaplan, 273). "Grant's memoirs comprise one of the most valuable writings by a military commander in history" (Eicher 492). Broadfoot 189. Nicholson, 327. 2 volumes, thick 8vo. 584pp, 647pp. Original green gilt cloth, circular gilt medallions on front and rear covers. Covers with some light discoloration; spine ends slightly rubbed. Previous owner signatures on front end paper Volume I.

$300.00

Non-Commissioned Officers, Staff Corps, etc [Full Dress].  Chromolithograph
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Non-Commissioned Officers, Staff Corps, etc [Full Dress]. Chromolithograph

By [US Military] Ogden, H.A.; General Samuel B. Holabird

New York: B. M. Whitlock, 1885. Very good overall. Color print depicting US military uniforms worn by non commissioned officers seen in conversation on the steps of a building on the post. These include: Sergeant of Signal Corps; Musician of Artillery; Ordnance Sergeant; Post Commissary Sergeant; Post Quartermaster Sergeant; and Hospital Steward. Signed in the print at lower left by Ogden. From General Holabird's book on US Military uniforms. Approximately 14 x 16"

$75.00

Staff and Line Officers [Full Dress] Chaplain & c.  Chromolithograph
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Staff and Line Officers [Full Dress] Chaplain & c. Chromolithograph

By [US Military] Ogden, H.A.; General Samuel B. Holabird

New York: B. M. Whitlock, 1885. Very good overall. Color print depicting US military uniforms worn by officers seen in conversation, some seated on a bench, in a parade ground setting. These include: Officer Signal Corps; Officer General Staff Corps; Chaplain; Officer Inspector General's Dept.; Field Officer, Infantry; Company Officer, Infantry; and Company Officer Infantry. Signed in the print at lower right by Ogden. From General Holabird's book on US Military uniforms. Approximately 14 x 16"

$75.00

Manual of Bayonet Exercise: Prepared for the Use of the Army of the United States
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Manual of Bayonet Exercise: Prepared for the Use of the Army of the United States

By McClellan, George B.

Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1862. Second edition, enlarged. Hardcover. Very good overall. This edition was published when McClellan was Commander in Chief of the Northern Armies. During the Civil War this book was especially popular with drummer boys, who particularly liked the illustrations. According to Thomas Wentworth Higginson (a minister, militant abolitionist and soldier), writing in his Civil War journal on June 27, 1863, "Have I ever said what is the favorite reading-primer of our drummer boys? McClellan's Bayonet Exercises -- large type, short words, subject intelligible, pictures fascinating; it combines all merits" (The Complete Civil War Journal and Selected Letters of Thomas Wentworth Higginson'. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000. p156). Higginson served as colonel of the 1st South Carolina Volunteers, the first federally authorized black regiment, recruited from freedmen for Union service. 8vo, 118, 24 plates, illustrations, index. With publisher's Military Publications advertisements printed at the end papers. Dark green stamped buckram, gilt title at spine. Rear board slightly marked; otherwise very good, the fascinating plates bright and clean.

$150.00

Letters from the Frontiers / Written during a Period of Thirty Years' Service in the Army of the United States
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Letters from the Frontiers / Written during a Period of Thirty Years' Service in the Army of the United States

By McCall, Major General George A.

Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott & Co, 1868. First edition. Hardcover. A very nice copy. "A fascinating account of Army service on the frontiers of Florida in the 1820s, the Black Hawk War, Tennessee in the 1830s, Arkansas, the Mexican War, and after that Santa Fe. In 1853 he resigned his commission as Lieutenant Colonel due to ill health. During the Civil War he returned to military service in the Volunteers as Major General of Pennsylvania Volunteers. He wrote charmingly of his horses, dogs, hunting, and the military life. The work is a classic of its period"- Graff. Inscribed "President Woolsey with the respectful regards of Mrs. G. W. Biddle. April 1868." on the ffep. Theodore Dwight Woolsey, (1801-1889) was American educator and scholar and president of Yale (1846-71), whose many innovations later became common in institutions of higher learning. "Mrs. G.W. Biddle" appears to be Maria Coxe McMurtrie Biddle, wife of George Washington Biddle Sr. and their eldest son George Washington Jr. (1843-1886) studied at Yale, graduating in 1863. (Wikipedia). 8vo, (x) 11-539pp. Publishers brown pebbled cloth, gilt title on spine. Very bright, spine tips rubbed. Howes M-30, "aa."; Clark III:68; Graff 2574; Rader 2273; Wagner-Camp 201 note.

$750.00

Rules and Regulations for the Field Exercise and Manoeuvres of Infantry, Compiled and Adapted to the Organization of the Army of the United States, Agreeably to A Resolve of Congress, dated December 1814
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Rules and Regulations for the Field Exercise and Manoeuvres of Infantry, Compiled and Adapted to the Organization of the Army of the United States, Agreeably to A Resolve of Congress, dated December 1814

By [Scott, Winfield; War of 1812; Scott, Winfield]

New York: T. & W. Mercein, 1815. First edition. Hardcover. Very good + condition. A fine copy of the first standardized set of American drill regulations, written by a board of military officers headed by Winfield Scott, who had recently risen up the ranks during his service in the War of 1812, to Major General. This volume contains the text and plates and maps published together, complete, bound in a period binding with the original paper spine and blue papered boards. Following the War of 1812, the attention of the War Department turned to the use of regulations and drill in the Army as a means of analyzing the Army's early failures in the war. Secretary of War John Armstrong argued that the poor performance in the war was due to a lack of a standard system of tactics. Armstrong issued a War Department order to "so modify the Rules and Regulations for the Field Service and Manoeuvres of the French Infantry' as translated by MacDonald as to make them correspond with the organization of the army of the United States ..." (War Department, Washington DC., December 21, 1814"). This French work was the 'Rules and regulations for the field exercise and manoeuvres of infantry', by Irenée Amelot de Lacroix (Boston: T. B. Wait, 1810), translated by Lt.-Col. MacDonald. Secretary Armstrong ultimately resigned his post because he had misjudged the willingness of the British to attack Washington DC and had done little to defend the city. "Winfield Scott (1786-1866) was one of the most important American military figures of the early 19th century. After fighting on the Niagara frontier during the War of 1812, Scott pushed for a permanent army that adhered to standards of professionalism. In 1821, he wrote "General Regulations for the Army," the first comprehensive, systematic set of military bylaws that set standards for every aspect of the soldier's life. Named commanding general of the U.S. Army in 1841, Scott unsuccessfully ran for president as the Whig Party nominee in 1852. His Civil War tactics were originally derided, but eventually became part of the Union's successful strategy." (History.com) He served as commanding general of the army from 1841 to 1861. Tall 8vo, [2] pp, Errata p[4], 320 pp, 41 plate numbered leaves of engravings. A fine uncut copy with wide margins, in the original quarter paper covered boards, very bright and clean. OCLC: 54748768 records 5 copies with numbering to 360pp. Shaw & Shoemaker, 36412; Sabin 74079.

$1750.00

Notes of a Military Reconnoissance, from Fort Leavenworth, in Missouri, to San Diego, in California, Including Parts of the Arkansas, Del Norte, and Gila Rivers
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Notes of a Military Reconnoissance, from Fort Leavenworth, in Missouri, to San Diego, in California, Including Parts of the Arkansas, Del Norte, and Gila Rivers

By Emory, W. H.

Washington DC: Wendell and Van Benthuysen, 1848. Hardcover. Good + overall. Thirtieth Congress, First Session, Ex. Doc. No. 41. Three reports providing much information on the American Southwest in the mid 1800s, as well as the Mexican American War. Includes illustrations, folding maps and scientific data. The three reports are: 1. "Report of Lieut. J. W. Abert, of His Examination of New Mexico, in the Years 1846-'47"; pp 1-416, 29 lithograph plates including a map, and 12 plates of flora. 2. "Report of Lieut. Col. P. St. George Cooke of His March from Santa Fe, New Mexico, to San Diego, Upper California", pp 549 - 563, 1 large folding map. 3. "Journal of Captain A. R. Johnston, First Dragoons", pp 567 - 614, illustrations & maps in text. The two folding maps are entitled, "Map of the Territory of New Mexico" & "Sketch of Part of the March & Wagon Road of Lt. Colonel Cooke, from Sante Fe to the Pacific Ocean, 1846-7". The first folding map torn, but complete. Tall 8vo, 614pp. Two folding maps, the first torn, but complete. Three quarter brown gilt leather and marbled boards. Tanning of the text pages, but the lithographic views in very good condition, some light browning on some of plates. Fox spotting at title page, some fox spotting in the text. OCLC: 1049246644.

$375.00

W.W.I British Army Photo Album, Mesopotamian campaign
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W.W.I British Army Photo Album, Mesopotamian campaign

1919. Hardcover. A vernacular photo album of a W.W.I British Army company based in Iraq and India by an unnamed photographer/soldier between 1914 and 1919. 17 snapshots depict groups of soldiers on their off hours as they toured Mesopotamia, Coonoor, Basrah City (sic) during the Mesopotamian Campaign. These include: a company group shot of 11 soldiers clowning for the camera with a homemade caption card, "Cheero! Keep smiling! Here we are again! Xmas greetings from 'Mespot'" dated 1914; a company picnic in November 1918, and 'A view of a cemetery at Basrah' with Christian crosses as head stones, possibly lost comrades from the 1914 Battle of Basra. Four related images show river views of naval vessels, with captions which read, "Diving for treasure which was lost off one of the transports"; "View of one of the naval boats which used to lie in the river"; "Divers at work raising a sunken launch, launch marked X"; and "An American ship". Vernacular images of Muslim natives with handwritten pencil captions include, "Native coffee shop", "Arab women buying dress material", "Chapatti seller", "Indian labourers", "Some women after a little palm oil." Several shots of the religious feast, "The Muharran (sic)" around 1918 or 1919, and '...Muharran showing the natives beating their chests." Muharram is the first month of the Islamic calendar when warfare is forbidden. The Battle of Basra took place in 1914 (modern-day Iraq) between British and Ottoman troops, resulting in the British capture of Basra and a step forward in protecting Persian oil fields, with approximately 350 British losses, and 1,000 Ottoman losses. 12 x 10" 3/4 black leather and buckram boards on standard photograph album from the early 1900s, first 8 double pages removed. The first page with ink caption, "The Pond Bonchurch IW" (Isle of Wight) but the image missing, 16 double sided card pages with 40 images, the last 20 pages blank. Most images (40) 4 x 3"; (7) 5 5/8 x 3 3/8", (1) 2 5/8 x 1 5/8" of Basrah Cemetery, and one loosely inserted of an Arab family in front of palm trees. Some images somewhat faded; front hinge starting, otherwise good condition.

$450.00

"Mummy Unwrapped", in Salem Observer.  Newspaper
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"Mummy Unwrapped", in Salem Observer. Newspaper

By [Egyptology]

Salem, Mass: W. & S. B. Ives, 1824. Very good overall. A detailed article in a Massachusetts newspaper reporting on the unwrapping of an Egyptian mummy recently brought to Paris, in the year that the French scholar Champollion made his breakthrough in Western understanding of ancient Egypt by deciphering the Rosetta Stone. Much detail on the seven layers of wrappings and materials used (12 column inches). Followed by an article tilted 'The Island of Madagascar', describing a British naval officer's feast with a local Prince. (16 inches). Complete issue, 13 x 20", 4pp. Period folds flattened, split along spine not affecting text.

$95.00

Capture of Fort Sumter, in Rockingham Register and Advertiser. Newspaper
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Capture of Fort Sumter, in Rockingham Register and Advertiser. Newspaper

By [Civil War; Confederate]

Harrisonburg, VA, 1861. Good + overall. A lengthy front page article in a Virginia newspaper on the continuing occupation of Fort Sumpter (sic) by Major Robert Anderson, in which the author states that "those in authority in Charleston" surmise that "the fortress will never be given up until Anderson is starved or shelled out". The article is under the heading "Letters From the South", by the Special Correspondent of the Register. From the Confederated States of America. Mills House, Charleston, CSA, Monday, March 25, 1861", and is signed "Frederick". The author notes that the "daily supply of eatables" continues, since "we suffer no inconvenience by his [Anderson's] position among us". In two columns, a total of 30 column inches. This issue was printed on the same day that the decision was taken to attack the Fort and fire on Anderson: on April 12, 1861, Confederate guns around the harbor opened fire on Fort Sumter. On April 13th, Major Anderson surrendered the fort, marking the official beginning of the Civil War. Followed by an article on the secession of seven states from the Union, and the question of Virginia's secession. 25 columns inches. Complete issue, 18 1/2 x 27", 4pp. Period folds flattened, some cracking at folds, some minor loss of text. The copy is signed by the original owner at the upper right margin, Andrew Kirce.

$300.00

Map of Fort Constitution, Martelaers Rock [and]  engraving of Boom and Chain at West Point
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Map of Fort Constitution, Martelaers Rock [and] engraving of Boom and Chain at West Point

New York: D. Van Nostrand, 1863. Very good condition. A map of Fort Constitution showing its location and proximity to West Point, along with an engraving. of the Boom and chain that extended from West Point to Martelaers Rock during the Revolutionary War. 8vo, b&w, disbound, very clean.

$75.00

History Written with Pick and Shovel: Military Buttons, Belt-Plates, Badges, and other Relics Excavated from Colonial, Revolutionary, and War of 1812 Camp Sites By the Field Exploration Committee of the New-York Historical Society
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History Written with Pick and Shovel: Military Buttons, Belt-Plates, Badges, and other Relics Excavated from Colonial, Revolutionary, and War of 1812 Camp Sites By the Field Exploration Committee of the New-York Historical Society

By Calver, William Louis and Reginald Pelham Bolton

New York: New York Historical Society, 1950. First edition. Hardcover. Fine. The Society's collection of 18th and early 19th-century military and domestic relics, with their associated records of discovery, cast considerable light on the uniforms, equipment, and camp life of the American Revolution and War of 1812. The relics were secured by archaeological excavation [...] during a period of many years on military sites in the State of New York and along the Canadian frontier. Articles written by the authors, relating to their excavations and to the life and equipment of soldiers appeared in various issues of the Society's Quarterly Bulletin and in its Annual Report. 8vo, xiii, 320pp, index, blue cloth boards, gilt title on spine, b&w illustrations.

$110.00

Boer War, South Africa - 9 Stereoviews by Underwood & Underwood
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Boer War, South Africa - 9 Stereoviews by Underwood & Underwood

New York: Underwood & Underwood, 1901. Very good condition. 9 stereoviews of military action during the Boer War. Images copyrighted in 1900 include: Wiltshire boys stealing on an enemy at Orange River, but Boers captured them later at Rensburge, S.A. Royal Munster Fusiliers fighting from behind the redoubt at Honey Nest Kloof. When the Canons roar is still -sleeping by their Arms. The dying Bugler's last call. Camp at Slingersfontein, S.A. - Many fights occurred on the distant hills. The Last Drop - a scene on the Battlefield at Dordrecht, S.A. Dec. 30th. 1901: The Worcesters leading the attack on a Kopje held by the Boers, Norval's Pont. The Worcesters charging a Kopje and facing death near Norval's Pont. One view, entitled, 362 - Off hand Practice. 9 views.

$95.00

Robert M. Pennoyer, Ensign, USNR, USS Pensacola.  A Memoir
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Robert M. Pennoyer, Ensign, USNR, USS Pensacola. A Memoir

New York: Institute for Democracy Studies, 2001. Hardcover. Fine. A privately printed memoir explaining Pennoyer's war exploits on board the USS Pensacola during WWII. The USS Pensacola participated in 13 of 15 major campaigns in the Pacific War against the Japanese. The memoir was written in response to a letter from a student studying WWII. Robert Pennoyer was 19 years old when he served on the USS Pensacola, and has had a distinguished career as a lawyer, judge, activist to the present day. Signed presentation copy addressed to Robert P. Patterson, who was Secretary of War under President Roosevelt during World War II. 5 1/4 x 7" blue and black cloth boards, gilt title on front. Inscription and signature on ffep.

$75.00

The Port Folio. Third Series. Volume 2
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The Port Folio. Third Series. Volume 2

By Oldschool, Oliver

Philadelphia and New York: Bradford & Inskeep, 1813. Hardcover. Good + condition. American literary magazine, July through December 1813, with Hudson River & Catskill Mountains content including a lovely copper engraved plate, "Catskill Mountains and the Steam Boat on the Hudson River", by Glennie (p453). Also much content pertaining to the War of 1812: "Life of Commodore Bainbridge" (commander of the USS Constitution, known as Old Ironsides, the world's oldest commissioned naval vessel, still afloat, in Boston), with engraved portrait (pp 553 -578); copper engravings of Commodore John Barry & James Lawrence; naval songs (The Pillar of Glory by Edwin C. Holland, and "Charge the Can Cheerily". Also an article on the Pacific Fur Company expedition to the Pacific (pp 394 - 401). The Port Folio was a Philadelphia literary and political magazine, published 1801-1814 by Joseph Dennie, one of the leading scholars and authors of the Federalist period, who wrote under the name Oliver Oldschool. 8vo, 668 pp, numerous engraved illustrations, folding plates. Three quarter red leather and marbled boards. Boards a bit rubbed, spine chipped, front hinge cracked but holding; front end paper detached, faint damp staining to a few pages, folding music plates with tears but complete. OCLC: 6594597.

$250.00

Offer to become a Cadet to West Point for Eckstein Case (1858-1944) of Carlyle, Illinois
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Offer to become a Cadet to West Point for Eckstein Case (1858-1944) of Carlyle, Illinois

By [West Point; Eckstein Case]

1878. Headed "War Department" in Washington, this document informs Mr. Case that "the President has CONDITIONALLY selected you for appointment as a Cadet of the United States Military Academy at West Point." The 3 following pages give information about appointment and admission of cadets. These include qualifications, character of physical and academic examination; academic duties, pay of cadets ($540 per year); assignment to corps after graduation (8 years service). It also includes the complete course of study and books used at the Military Academy for all four years including Mathematics, French, Spanish, Tactics, use of small arms, natural and experimental philosophy, chemistry, drawing, military engineering, mineralogy & geology, ethics and law, ordinance & gunnery. At the foot of the last page, the applicant is to sign and date his acceptance - this is unsigned. It seems Mr. Case spent two years at USMA but there is not a record of him graduating. 4pp, 8 1/2 x 14", printed form signed by the Chief Clerk for the Secretary of War, other manuscript additions (dated, "Eckstein Case, Carlyle Illinois, Thru' Hon. W.A.J. Sparks, M.C. Carlyle, Illinois" at the bottom left. 3 period folds, tiny separations at right margin of folds o/w very good.

$100.00

Il Franklin - photograph of the American Schooner USS Franklin
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Il Franklin - photograph of the American Schooner USS Franklin

By [U.S. Navy; Photography]

1875. Very good condition. A photograph of the USS Franklin, a screw frigate, in a Portuguese port with flag flying. Fishing boat in the foreground and houses in the background. The USS Franklin was built in 1854 with partial materials salvaged from the previous USS Franklin and launched in 1864 in Maine. Franklin's first captain was Admiral David Glasgow Farragut (Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!). In 1874 Franklin was the flagship in the European Squandron, and visited Lisbon, Portugal likely where this photograph was taken. The Franklin operated until decommissioned in 1915. Image is 9 5/8 x 7 7/8" laid down on 11 1/4 x 8 3/8" board with pencil border, some slt marks in upper left not affecting image.

$125.00

Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant. Volume II only

By Grant, Ulysses S.

New York: Charles L. Webster & Co., 1885. First edition. Hardcover. Good + condition. Memoirs of one of the most recognized figures in American military history. Profusely illustrated with portrait frontispieces, steel engravings, facsimiles, and maps. As the successful Civil War general and less successful president was ruined by bankruptcy and dying of cancer, Grant agreed to publish his memoirs, which successfully assured his family's financial security. Mark Twain agreed to serve as the publisher. He completed the memoirs shortly before his death in the summer of 1885. "It seemed to Twain, sitting quietly near him in his bedroom at Sixtieth Street, that Grant had fully regained the stature of a hero" (Kaplan, 273). "Grant's memoirs comprise one of the most valuable writings by a military commander in history" (Eicher 492). Broadfoot 189. Nicholson, 327. Thick 8vo, 647pp. Original green gilt cloth, circular gilt medallions on front and rear covers. Covers somewhat dusty, gilt medallions dulled; text clean, a nice copy to complete a set. Early owner signature, Jared R. Webb, 1886 at front end paper.

$75.00

The Art of War
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The Art of War

By Antoine Henri Jomini, baron de

Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1862. Hardcover. Very good - condition. Unusual to find, especially in this condition, complete with the 3 folding maps. Personal copy of George B [Gely], his signature in ink at the front paste down, and dated 1862. Translated from French by G. H. Mendell and W. P. Craighill. Much content on diplomacy in relation to war, military policy, strategy, grand tactics & battles, logistics or the practical art of moving armies, and the formation of troops for battle. 8vo, 410pp, 3 folding maps. In the publisher's original dark brown gilt cloth. Slightly chipped spine ends, pages bright and fresh. OCLC: 10962859.

$250.00

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