Dallas: Armed Forces Publication, 1959. Hardcover. Yellow leatherette boards with blue, red, and black title and "Hell on Wheels" design to front cover. No spine title. Minor wear and rubbing to edges of boards, rear board, and corners. Slight mildew smell to interior. Minor foxing to a few pages, but clean overall. A handwritten letter "B" with an arrow to a photograph on one page. Laid in (non-relevant) articles to front. Filled with photographic illustrations, some in color. Size: thin quarto. Unpaginated. MIL/123019. Very Good.
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Washington DC: Government Printing Office, 1868. Hardcover. A detailed listing of all of the Naval and Marine officers registered shortly after the end of the Civil War. Includes pay table for the various positions and current status of each officer. Also includes a list of Navy vessels and the station or condition of each. Bound in three quarter brown leather with marbled paper boards. Rubbed, bumped and chipped. Interior pages are clean. Ownership signature in pencil. Very good condition. Small octavo. 81 pages. MILITARY/041221. Very Good.
Baltimore: Robert H. Craig, 1812. Hardcover. Uncommon. Early American edition based on similar British manuals. Robert Craig, Teacher of Military Tactics, says in his preface: "Having examined the different works on the Sword Exercise and the Drill and Evolutions for the Cavalry, I take the liberty of recommending this work to the Cavalry of the United States, as possessing advantages over any other work now in use." The work offers stringent and absolute rules governing formation, movements, drills, and field exercises necessary to ensure that "the horseman has a decided advantage over an enemy that his horsemanship and superiority in the use of his sword will produce." Bound in full brown leather with red title label to spine. Leather is chipped, rubbed, scuffed, and bumped. The front cover is almost detached and the rear joint is tender. The thin and fragile paper is browned and spotted throughout, and there are occasional tears along page margins. There are twenty-six browned and spotted plates showing men and horses performing steps and maneuvers. The simple line drawings have offsetting on their facing pages. Some plates are foldouts and are only in fair to poor shape, with chipping and small tears. One has split in two but both pieces are there. There is also a twenty-seventh foldout chart showing the posts of officers. An early bookseller has written his name and the price of $3.50 on the free front endpaper. Despite flaws, the book is a scarce and interesting treatise on this specialized branch of the military. Octavo. 215 pages. MIL/072621. Good.
1918. Hardcover. Rare military service record of Brigadier General Frank Parker (1872-1947). Presentation inscription from Parker "To C. Van U. in memory of the Great Days together - F.P. - Bridge Head, Easter, 1919". Includes service record, facsimiles of orders and telegraphs, as well as a list of decorations of Brig. Gen. Frank Parker from 1918 - 1919 during which he was awarded the War Cross of France with Palm, Commander of the Legion of Honor of France with second Palm of War Cross, Commander of the Order of the Crown of Belgium, D.S.M., and Third Palm on War Cross. Parker served in a tour of Lorraine, the second Battle of the Marne, the Battle of St. Mihiel Salient, the Battle between the Meuse and the Argonne Forest, and more. Bound in full red leather with gilt title and dates to spine. Gilt rules and swastikas to both boards. Rubbing and wear to boards, edges, spine ends, and corners. Evidence of a removed sticker to front board (about 1 x 2 inches) with surface sheen of leather removed in this small area. Adhesive remnants to front pastedown where a bookplate was removed. Browning to interior, mostly along margins. Unpaginated with blank sheets bound in at rear to fill out an otherwise thin binding. [Approximately 150 pages, of which about 100 have text printed on one side (so, about 50 pages of text).] WWI/011221. Very Good.
Stuttgart: Carl Krabbe. Hardcover. No date. Very Good in grey illustrated paper wrappers with grey title to front wrapper and black title to spine. Minor edgewear to exterior. Interior is clean and bright with illustrations throughout and a fold out map. A few unopened pages at rear. 88 pages. In German. GER/4213. Very Good.
Westport, Connecticut and London: Greenwood Press, (2008). Hardcover. Part of the Daily Life Through History Series. 8vo. Green illustrated glossy paper covered boards with beige title to front board and to spine. Pristine interior with illustrations. Index, 191 pages. Military History. MIL/042508. Fine.
Wheeling, WV: H. Hoblitzell, 1851. Hardcover. This interesting work was described in Howes as a "Valuable compilation based on reliable sources" Howes D223. In addition to relating the history, the author also provides biographical sketches of those he terms "distinguished actors in our border wars" such as Col. Ebenezer Zane, General Andrew Lewis, General Daniel Brodhead, Captain Samuel Brady and more. Bound in original publisher's green cloth binding with gilt vignette of a Native American scalping a man. Debossed cloth designs, gilt titling to spine. Binding is bumped, rubbed, with a few light stains. Interior pages generally clean with brown spots occasionally to pages. With frontispiece illustration, three plates and one fold-out. With former owner bookplate to front pastedown, random black number and letters to free endpaper, and ownership signature of John A Wharton, Liberty VA, 1852. A desirable copy of this history. Octavo. 416 pages. AMERH/032621. Very Good.
Paris: Ludovic Basche, 1878. Hardcover. An interesting folio volume featuring the biography and art work of three young military painters, De Neuville, Detaille, and Dupray. Each painter has a section of the book devoted to his biography and his art. There is a mounted photograph of each artist, a brief biography and description of his work, three or four full page engraved plates from paintings or drawings, and several copies of the artist's many sketches of his fellow soldiers. Bound in three quarter red leather and black pebbled cloth with gilt titling to spine and front cover. Covers are frayed, bumped, and chipped but interior pages are very good+. Unpaginated. ART/012521. Very Good.
Westport, Connecticut and London: Praeger Security International, (2008). Hardcover. 8vo. Black cloth covered boards with silver title to spine. Pristine interior. Blue and beige illustrated dust jacket with brown title to front panel and to spine. Index, 224 pages. Military. MIL/121808. Fine in Fine Dust Jacket.
Washington DC: Division of Reserve, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps, 1966. Hardcover. Inscribed, "To Barry & Family With best wishes from the foot warmers by the fireside to the front line folks. Bill McCahill 1966 Colonel, USMCR." Colonel McCahill led the effort to write and publish the history of the Marine Corps Reserve on their Golden Anniversary. This edition covers the 50 years since the Corps was authorized by Congress in 1916. It is inscribed to Barry Zorthian, an American diplomat who was the U.S. government spokesman in Saigon during the Vietnam War. Boundin red cloth with the Marine Corps seal in gilt on the front cover, and title on spine. In very good condition. 311 pages. MIL/011513. Very Good.
New York: Atheneum, 1968. Hardcover. First Edition. Inscribed by authors, "For Barry Zorthian: with best wishes Carl and Shelley Mydans May 1968." Carl and Shelley Mydans were a married photo-reporter team during WWII and after. The book is about 25 of the more than 50 warlike conflicts that took place after 1945 around the world. It includes 114 pages of photographs. The book is inscribed to Barry Zorthian, who was the U.S. government spokesman during the Vietnam War in the 1960s. Bound in black cloth with red cloth spine with title and authors in gilt to spine, very light fading to top edge. In black and red dust jacket with light chipping along edges. Very good plus. 478 pages. MIL/011013. Very Good +.