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McClellan's Own Story: The War for the Union: The Soldiers Who Fought It; The Civilians Who Directed It; and His Relations to It and to Them

By McClellan, George B[rinton]. (1826-1885)

New York: Charles L. Webster & Company. Fine. A few rubs to extremities, a small stain to medal stamped on upper . board. Hinges sound, endpapers not split.. 1887. First Edition. Hardcover. Octavo. xiv, 678 pages. McClellan's posthumously published memoir of the Civil War, accompanied by a Brady CDV photograph of Gen. McClellan with his autograph attached to its lower margin. McClellan's memoir, honestly, is mostly McClellan still trying (20 years later) to explain how his brilliance and ability were not appreciated during those early months of the war. While Lincoln's martyrdom definitely skewed his historical standing, at least initially, one does wonder if McClellan gave a second thought at all to writing that "My relations with Mr. Lincoln were generally very pleasant, and I seldom had trouble with him when we could meet face to face. The difficulty always arose behind my back. I believe that he liked me personally, AND CERTAINLY HE WAS ALWAYS MUCH INFLUENCED BY ME WHEN WE WERE TOGETHER (emphasis ours)." Wow. Anyway, the important parts of McClellan's memoir are his treatise on the causes of the war, his autobiographical material, and his narrative of his own substantive role from summer 1861 through his removal from command after Antietam in November 1862. And the signed CDV is nice too. .


Extending Structure Type Catapult for Launching Aeroplanes

By MacTaggart, Scott & Company, Ltd.

London: Offices of Engineering. Good. Top and bottom edges of this tall booklet have been trimmed . unevenly. Does not affect text or content. Has been folded vertically a . couple of times, leaving the booklet creased in a few places.. 1932. Stapled wraps. Quarto. 7 pages pages. Interesting article reprinted from "Engineering," April 15 and 22, 1932. Includes photographs and an unpaged centerfold showing various scaled elevation drawings of the catapult from different perspectives. .


Grant's Strategy and Other Addresses

By Jackson, John Collins (1848-1909)

Westerville, OH: American Issue Publishing Company. Very Good. (1910). First Edition. Original cloth. Duodecimo. 165 + ads pages. Jackson was a Methodist minister and in later life edited The American Issue, which was the official organ of the Anti-Saloon League. He had enlisted, at age 15, in Company H, 159th Ohio Volunteer Infantry where he served as a drummer and fifer. His address on the strategy of General Grant at Chattanooga discusses the battles of Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge. This is followed by an address on the Union and Confederate armies during the war. The rest of the book contains other sermons and a biographical history of Jackson. Uncommon. Bound in dark blue cloth over boards with black topstain, faded gilt spine titles. There is a tissue-guarded photographic portrait of Jackson preceding the title page. Minor extremity wear. .


The Trail of War Dogs

By Isham, Willard S[Mith].

Washington, D. C.: Self Published. Good. (1935). First Edition. Wrappers. Octavo. [iv], 143 pages. Critical report on the U. S. Military establishment just after World War I in which it is alleged that a "war trust" simultaneously profited from war preparations while inviting war and keeping American military power weak. Isham was himself an inventor in the area of high explosives. This booklet is bound in printed paper covers over a side-stapled binding. Browning and dampstaining to front cover and portions of textblock, some red crayon markings to a few pages. Covers have rubs and light soil. Quite scarce. .


Deane's Doctrine of Naval Architecture, 1670

By [Deane, Sir Anthony] edited and Introduced by Brian Lavery

(london): Conway Maritime Press, Ltd.. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. (1981). First Edition. Hardcover. Quarto. 128 pages. Deane was a Master Shipwright at Harwich and Portsmouth in the late 17th century, and this treatise was originally commissioned by Samuel Pepys to explain the intricacies of designing a major warship of that period. The work is very detailed and thus provides a valuable record of Restoration ship design. In addition to reproductions of original illustrations there are appendices and a set of plans of Deane's most famous ship, the 70-gun Resolution. This copy belonged to noted naval architect Thomas C. Gillmer, and bears his bookplate on front pastedown and name penned on front free endpaper. Bound in dark blue textured paper over boards with spine lettered in gilt. Shallow bumps to top fore corners. Jacket has some shallow edge wrinkles. . Jacket in Mylar protector .


Étude De Marches (Iéna - Sedan) Nouvelle Édition Refondue Et Augmentée [Study of the Battles of Jena and Sedan]

By General Fay

Paris & Nancy: Berger-Levrault & Co.. Very good. 1899. Folio. x, 47 pages. Detailed comparison study of two important battles between France and Prussia--Jena in 1806 and Sedan in 1870. In October of 1806 the French under Napoleon routed the Prussians at Jena [Iéna] and Auerstadt, and inflicted further heavy losses on them as they retreated toward Weimar. In turn, during the Franco-German War 54 years later the German General von Moltke delivered a humiliating defeat to the French forces he had cornered at Metz when they were completely driven from their positions and forced to surrender in Sedan. Emperor Napoleon III was among those captured. The text of this study is in French. In addition to the text there are six folding march tables that give detailed information on the forces engaged on both sides in these battles. Numbers of battalions, squadrons batteries, artillery pieces, cavalry divisions, etc. , are noted along with other general observations. The two large maps unfold to approximately 30" x 46" and are color coded to clearly show troop positions over time. The text is bound in paper, the tables and maps are in a folder, and these two parts are laid into a portfolio made of printed paper over boards with cloth spine and ribbon fasteners at fore corners. Some mild browning to edges, faint area of damp staining along bottom edges of some leaves. The paper map folder is cracking along the fold, and the ribbon fasteners on the portfolio are fraying. Many leaves in the text unopened. Complete in all respects. A lovely copy. See SANDLER COLLECTION #1229. .


Safeguarding Waterfront Properties

By National Board Of Fire Underwriters and Marine Underwriters

Chicago: National Board Of Fire Underwriters. Fine. [1940s]. Wrappers. Octavo. [ii], 29 pages. Scarce World War II booklet highlighting vulnerabilities of ports, piers and wharves in the U. S. , and suggesting many improved practice requirements. The primary threat was fire--either by accident or sabotage--with the danger being greatly multiplied by the wartime congestion of vessels in the water and cargo on the piers at major ports. Prepared for the U. S. Coast Guard. Lots of interesting information. Bound in printed blue paper covers, saddle-stapled binding. Tiny tear to edge of front cover at head of spine, faint browning toward edges of covers. .


USS California (BB-44)

By Martin, Pat, edited by Erik Parent

Paducah, KY: Turner Publishing Company. Very Good. (1995). First Edition. Hardcover. Folio. 112 pages. History of the battleship U. S. S. California and her crew, with focus on operations in World War II. The California was sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor but was salvaged and repaired by 1944. This history is well illustrated with historic photographs and contains many recollections by former crewmen. Also includes numerous veteran's biographies with "then and now" photographs. Fore corners slightly bumped. .


Disaster in Korea: The Chinese Confront MacArthur

By Appleman, Roy E[dgar]

College Station, TX: Texas A & M University Press; (1989), First printing. Fine in a Fine Dust Jacket; Jacket in Mylar protector. Octavo, Full cloth; Illustration: black and white photographs, maps. »»» Story of the sophisticated, modern Eighth Army under General MacArthur and its reversals in late 1950 against a Chinese army group of light infantry carrying small arms and grenades. This is the first history of the Korean War to use Chinese sources of information to tell how and why the Chinese decided to intervene. Clean and crisp copy. Shallow bump at top fore corner of upper board.


A Reporter at Large: Survival (pages 27-38, New Yorker Magazine, Vol. XX, No. 18, June 17, 1944)

By [Kennedy, John F.] Hersey, John

New York: F. R. Publishing Corporation; 1944, Very Good. Quarto, Magazine; Illustration: color & black and white illustrations, ads. »»» This is a complete, original issue of the 'New Yorker' magazine containing the first appearance of John Hersey's story of John F. Kennedy and PT-109. Hersey was a Kennedy family friend, and this article was crucial in establishing the war hero image that launched JFK's political career in 1946. The PT boat Kennedy commanded in the Pacific was rammed by a Japanese destroyer and sunk in 1943. While there was no doubt that young Lt. Kennedy acted with heroism after the sinking, many veteran PT commanders suspected that negligence caused the incident in the first place since a PT boat was much faster and more maneuverable than a large destroyer. Indeed, this is the only time a PT-boat was sunk after being rammed by the enemy in World War II. This 'New Yorker' appearance is unabridged and more scarce than the condensed 'Reader's Digest' version published two months later. This copy of the magazine remains complete and in very good condition. No significant wear other than a slight roll to spine. A handsome example of this essential Kennedy item.


In Appreciation of "Ham and" Sunny Side Up [menu from D Truck Company, 8th Corps Artillery]

By [World War I]

Camp Wadsworth, SC: Privately Printed; 1918, Near fine. Octavo, Single folded sheet; »»» This is a menu for a meal given by the D Truck Company, 8th Corps Artillery while at Camp Wadsworth, South Carolina. Dated November 29, 1918. Printed along with the humorous menu is the roster of the company, captained by Laurence H. Merrill. Items on the menu include "Celery Camouflage," "Fruit (At Nine O'clock, Range 5000)," "Blue Cross Cigars," etc. Printed by Band & White, Printers of Spartanburg, South Carolina. Single printed sheet folded twice, tied with silk string through spine. Some light surface soil, 1 inch round dark blue stain to back cover, which does not bleed through to interior sheet. Nice item.


Lincoln and the Russians

By Woldman, Albert A[lexander]. (1897-1971)

Cleveland: World Publishing Company; (1952), First printing. Near Fine in a Near Fine Dust Jacket; Jacket in Mylar protector. Octavo, Full cloth; »»» Russian-American diplomatic relations during the Civil War, based heavily on the diplomatic dispatches of Russian minister Eduard de Stoeckl. Bound in black cloth over boards with red and gilt-stamped spine and upper board, red topstain. Small prior owner name label on front free endpaper. Jacket has some mild browning to spine, some rubbed wrinkling at head of spine, and some other minor edge wear. Clean and sound overall.


The Constellation Question (Smithsonian Studies in History and Technology, Number 5)

By Chapelle, Howard I[rving]. (1901-1975) and Leon D. Polland

Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press; 1970, First printing. Very Good. Quarto, Full cloth; Illustration: black and white illustrations, fold-out drawings. »»» Chapelle's argument that no part of the existing USS Constellation dates prior to 1850, with rebuttal by Polland. Comprises three parts: Part I "The Story of the Constellation," by Chapelle; Part II "Comments on 'The Story of the Constellation,'" by Polland; and Part III "An Outline of the Present Restoration," by Polland. Bound in green cloth over boards with minor extremity rubs, shallow bumps to lower fore corners of boards, some faint external soil.


Musical Show [Program for a performance by Italian World War II POWs]

By Teatro Gloria, Giovanni di Somma, Director

Ogden, UT: Ogden P/W Camp; 1944, Near Fine. Octavo, Leaflet; »»» Giovanni di Somma and his "Teatro Gloria" present a Musical Show at the Ogden, Utah prisoner of war camp in March, 1944. This program is a single sheet, printed on both sides in two colors, with many names of the performing prisoners and their roles. The leaflet is folded in half along the short edge. A scarce piece of World War II ephemera from a prisoner camp in the United States. Excellent condition overall with slight age toning and mottling.


Union Soldier's Letter, Postmarked U. S. General Hospital, Annapolis, February 8th, 1862

By [Civil War]

Annapolis: ; 1862, Fine. , Manuscript; »»» Four page manuscript letter on colorfully patriotic stationery, written by one Joseph B. Farnam of the 8th Regiment Connecticut Volunteers from the military hospital on the Naval Academy grounds at Annapolis. Farnam is writing to a male cousin, and after some pleasantries launches into a colorful diatribe against Annapolis, its residents, its mud, its shabby houses, etc. He appears to allude to prostitution saying that on a walk through the city you would find "…a wenches head to every pane of glass in the house and as many more arround the street and if you want any thing all you have got to do is just to say so and it is all there." He describes Annapolis as "…the dirtiest and mudiest place you ever saw" where "you cant go out without getting into the mud up to your nees and such a thing as a nice house you cant find in the place." Well! Anyway, this fascinating letter is in excellent condition in a nice legible hand.


Navy Yearbook: Compilation of Annual Naval Appropriation Laws from 1883 to 1914, Including Provisions for the Construction of all Vessels of the "New Navy"…

By Knight, J. B., Compiler

Washington: Government Printing Office; 1914, Fine. Octavo, 3/4 leather; Illustration: Tables. »»» Senate Document No. 637, 63rd Congress, 3rd session. Also includes tables showing "present naval strength in vessels and personnel, and amount of appropriations for the naval service, also statistics of foreign navies." A goldmine of information about the navy in the late 19th to early 20th centuries, including much information on the Naval Academy. This copy belonged to George C. Perkins, Governor of California (1880-1883) and U. S. Senator (1893-1915), with his name stamped in gilt on upper board. Bound in dark blue textured cloth over boards with leather spine and fore corners, marbled edges and endpapers. Spine titled in gilt. Mild rubs to extremities.


Tropical Headgear of the Wehrmacht in W. W. II: Pictorial Reference Guide-Volume 2

By Figueroa, Jose R

(Los Angeles): Self Published; (1996), First printing. Near Fine. Octavo, Wrappers; Illustration: black & white and color photographs. »»» Detailed photographic reference to Nazi overseas caps, visored hats, pith helmets, the unique Hermann Meyer cap, etc. Bound in glossy pictorial paper covers with a few tiny extremity rubs.


SS Headgear: A Collector's Guide

By Wilson, Kit

Denison, TX: Reddick Enterprises; (1990), Good. Octavo, Wrappers; Illustration: black & white and color photographs. »»» Detailed and well photographed reference to Nazi SS headwear, based largely on the collection of David Lee Delich. Bound in glossy pictorial paper covers with light surface rubs. Wear at spine ends, a few short creases at fore corners.


Lone Wolf: The Life and Death of U-Boat Ace Werner Henke

By Mulligan, Timothy P

Norman: University of Oklahoma Press; (1995), First thus. Near Fine. Octavo, Paperback; Illustration: black and white photographs. »»» Carefully documented study of Henke and the crew of his U-515 in the Battle of the Atlantic. Henke sank 24 Allied merchant vessels and 2 warships before U-515 itself was sunk and Henke and his crew captured. Henke became the only U-boat captain killed in North America when he attempted to escape.


U-Boat Commanders and Crews 1935-45

By Showell, Jak P. Mallmann

(Marlborough): Crowood Press; (1998), First printing. Near fine in a very good dust jacket; Jacket in Mylar protector. Quarto, Hardcover; Illustration: black and white photographs. »»» Detailed, readable study of the men who manned the German U-boats during World War II. Over 75% of these men who went to sea during the war didn't return. Based on unique access to unpublished documents. Bound in black textured paper over boards with spine titled in gilt. Light extremity rubs, a few pressure marks to upper board. Jacket has some edge wrinkles and a closed 1" tear at bottom edge of upper joint fold.


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