"THE STORY OF THE WAR WILL NEVER BE FULLY OR FAIRLY WRITTEN IF THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE WOMEN IN IT ARE UNTOLD": FIRST EDITION OF WOMEN OF THE WAR, 1866
MOORE, Frank. Women of the War; Their Heroism and Self-Sacrifice. Hartford, Connecticut: S.S. Scranton, 1866. Thick octavo, original green cloth. $600.
First edition of Moore's informative history of Civil War women, published shortly after war's end, with ten steel engravings, including frontispiece, vignette and eight full-page steel engravings.
More than 20,000 women served in the Civil War as volunteers, nurses and relief workers. "The zeal with which young men enlisted in the first year of the war was matched by women seeking hospital positions… Full of romantic idealism, young women imagined themselves marching off to war… [and] hundreds of others found their way to the front when sons, brothers and husbands became casualties" (Schultz, Women at the Front, 12, 46, 59). This scarce contemporary history of these (mainly Union) women includes sections on Mary Brady at Gettysburg, nurse Amy Bradley, Belle Reynolds at Vicksburg and over 25 others. Historian Frank Moore authored this and many other works on the Civil War. With steel-engraved frontispiece, steel-engraved and letterpress title pages, and eight full-page steel-engraved illustrations. See Dornbusch III: 35, 487-8; Sabin 50354-5. With the bookplate of William H. Brearley, a descendant of David Brearley, who served as a colonel in the American Revolution and was elected the First Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of New Jersey in 1779, where his decision in Holmes v. Walton pioneered the concept of judicial review. He was a delegate from New Jersey at the 1787 Constitutional Convention and was a signer of the Constitution. Not long after his appointment as a federal district judge by President Washington, however, he died at the age of 47 in 1790. From the Brearley family library.
Interior generally fresh with characteristic scattered foxing mainly, faintest rubbing to gilt-stamped cloth. An extremely good copy in original unrestored cloth.