“THE GRANDFATHER OF CIVIL WAR HISTORIES”: ILLUSTRATED WITH OVER A THOUSAND BRADY PHOTOGRAPHS
MILLER, Francis Trevelyan, editor. The Photographic History of the Civil War. New York: Review of Reviews, 1911. Ten volumes. Quarto, publisher’s three-quarter brown morocco gilt, elaborately gilt-decorated spines and boards, top edges gilt. $6800.
First edition, second issue of Miller’s famous and important 10-volume photographic history of the Civil War, containing essays by 39 eminent authorities and “thousands of scenes photographed [between] 1861-65,” including the extensive Eldridge Collection of Mathew Brady Civil War photographs.
“This mammoth work… a necessary part of any civil war library,” contains contributions from 39 eminent individuals, including academicians, President William H. Taft, and veteran officers of both Confederate and Union forces, many of whom wrote from personal experience. A number of the photographs, previously unpublished, are from the collections of private individuals, including the extensive Eldridge Collection of Mathew Brady Civil War photographs, “easily five times larger than that of any contemporary” (Everitt). “Zealous in their work, often regardless of danger, and at all times handicapped by the vexing difficulties of the photographic process of that day,” Brady and his assistants “carried their cameras to every scene that promised an interesting picture,” capturing “scenes of actual conflict, others of places devastated by gunfire, of troops on the march or in bivouac, and of individual officers and men” (DAB). (Volume X with revised index, marked “2-Ed.” in bottom margin of page 323). Eicher 771. Nicholson, 516.
One volume respined, the other volumes with expert restoration to spines, Volume I map/half title with expert paper repairs, Volume VI pg 314 with open tear to one corner with minor loss of text. An excellent copy in handsome publisher’s morocco binding.