JAMES BOYD’S NOVEL OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
WYETH, N.C. Drums. (New York and London): Charles Scribner's Sons, 1925. Thick octavo, original green cloth, mounted cover illustration, pictorial endpapers. $250.
First trade edition, first printing, of Boyd’s novel of the American Revolution.
"If you like an adventurous yarn, one that moves with a fine even pace and pictures a remarkable background, then Mr. Boyd has been watching out for you" (New York Times). Having served in World War I, James Boyd brought his experiences as a soldier to his two major novels: his first, Drums, set during the Revolution; and Marching On, set in the Civil War. Drums was first published in 1925 without the Wyeth illustrations. Rare first printing, with "London" still on title page. Without original dust jacket. Contemporary ink owner signature of Charles H. Hammond, possibly the Chicago architect. Tiny bookseller ticket.