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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New York: Regimental History Board, (1919). Hardcover. Includes a history with cartoons and photos, a battle map, roster of field and staff, organization rosters with photos, wounded, saumur and langres graduates, interpreters, names of guns, table of regimental organization, general Pershing's orders, and Personal Record pages. Black cloth boards with red title and emblem to front cover. Minor bumping and wear to edges of boards and corners. A small booklet "Facts about the American Legion" is pasted down to the front endpaper. A news article from the Sun Magazine about this book is laid in. Minor browning / foxing to margins, but clean and bright overall. Size: Quarto. 160 pages. MIL/123019. Very Good.
New York: Benjamin W. Hitchcock, 1866. Hardcover. Scarce original edition of this comprehensive and detailed record of all of the events during the Civil War. It has been reprinted several times since then, as recently as 2017. Its publisher, Benjamin Hitchcock (1836-1916) was better known for his cheap musical publications. Bound in black quarter leather with brown cloth covers. Title in gilt on front cover. Leather is chipped and worn on edges. Cloth covers are bumped and show wear. There has been a label removed to the cover and another with remnants of a library call number. Tender hinges. Bookplate to front pastedown and small label with written number on free endpaper. Title page is browned and opposite frontispiece of Admiral Farragut is foxed. Otherwise the interior pages are clean save for a brown mark in the margin of page 6. There is a handwritten note on the title page stating that the list of vessels captured by the confederate navy is missing the last two pages. Still a nice copy in very good condition. Octavo. Chronology is 106 pages; List of vessels pagination: 561-564. CIV/092121. Very Good.
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.
Albany: Self Published, 1851. Hardcover. Volume 1 only of a 3 volume work. Bookplate of Andrew H. Parker on bottom of title page. Bound in three quarter red leather over marbled paper covered boards with gilt title to spine. Chip to head of spine, rubbing to hinges, and heavy wear to corners and edges of boards. Evidence of old sticker to front board, which has removed a small section of marbled paper. Browning, foxing, and occasional soiling to interior. Marbled endpapers with top edge gilt. Blank pages have been bound into rear to allow for binding of this otherwise slim volume. 48 pages. AMER/010721 (American Revolution). Very Good.
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.
Shippensburg, PA: White Mane Books, (2000). Hardcover. INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR. Black paper covered boards with gilt title to spine. Slight bumping to corners and spine ends. Light rolling to spine and rubbing to boards. Author's inscription to title page. A few margin notes though text remains clean and bright. Illustrated. Minor foxing to margins of index. Index, 213 pages. MIL/022819. 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.
New York: DK Publishing, 2010. Hardcover. First American Edition. Glossy illustrated color paper covered boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. In matching dust jacket with black spine panel titled in gilt. Portrait of Napoleon on front of jacket. Clean and bright with many full color illustrations. 360 pages. MIL/032321. Fine / Fine.
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.