“A CONTEMPORARY HISTORY OF THE WAR STEEPED IN THE EMPHATIC IDEALS OF SLAVERY AND FREEDOM”
(CIVIL WAR) GREELEY, Horace. The American Conflict: A History of The Great Rebellion in the United States of America, 1860-'65. Hartford: O.D. Case, 1864-66. Two volumes. Tall thick octavo, publisher's deluxe three-quarter brown morocco, raised bands, red morocco spine labels, marbled boards, endpapers and edges. $1250.
First edition of Greeley’s contemporary Civil War history—“a fair and certainly honest history of events” (Sabin), featuring numerous steel engravings of generals and statesmen, many in-text and full-page maps, and illustrations of historical sites such as Harper’s Ferry, Fort Sumter and Manassas Battlefield.
American Conflict, by powerful New York publisher Greeley, is an important "contemporary history of the war steeped in the emphatic ideals of slavery and freedom." In the first of these two handsomely illustrated volumes, Greeley records "his version of the entire history of the nation from 1776 to the second year of the Civil War. The second analyzes the final three years of the war and includes substantial material on emancipation and the crushing of the rebellion… Greeley traces the seeds of the war and includes a large cache of public documents and speeches to make his case. Failed compromise is the predominating theme… Composed during the war, the work is particularly notable for the presentation of predictions about the years to come, particularly regarding the slavery question" (Eicher 741). A "fair and certainly honest history of the events" (Sabin 28482), American Conflict "is still important to Civil War scholars. Besides offering extensive accounts of battlefield events, Greeley traced compassionately the troubled story of African Americans" (ANB). Greeley's "furnishing of bail for Jefferson Davis after the war brought a storm of abuse upon him and killed the sale of his book" (Kunitz & Haycraft, 314). Thousands of subscriptions were cancelled and even early editions are scarce.
Scattered foxing to plates and text, publisher's deluxe morocco in exceptional condition, marbled boards rubbed. A very nice copy.