“A THOUSAND INCIDENTS OF ARMY LIFE”: ILLUSTRATED LARGE FOLIO HISTORY OF THE CIVIL WAR SOLDIER
MOTTELAY, Paul. The Soldier in Our Civil War: A Pictorial History of the Conflict, 1861-1865, Illustrating the Valor of the Soldier as Displayed on the Battle-field. New York: G.W. Dillingham / G.W. Carlton, 1887, 1886. Two volumes. Tall folio (12 by 17 inches), original black- and gilt-stamped burgundy pictorial cloth. $1750.
Early edition of this large folio pictorial history of the Civil War soldier, profusely illustrated with numerous maps and portraits, and many double-page wood engravings after sketches by various artists and eyewitnesses.
First published in 1884-85, these two monumental volumes depict land and naval battles, camp life, war preparation, weapons and equipment, battle plans, and important Confederate and Union figures. The large folio plates (many double-page) are supplemented by text documenting events of the war—portraying the "valor, patriotism, and bravery of the soldier" on both sides of the conflict. With frontispiece portraits of Lincoln and Grant. Also featuring numerous maps, statistical charts and a chronological list of events from 1860-65. Dornbusch III:548. Interior fine, text blocks expertly recased, a few joints expertly repaired.