Charleston: Evans and Cogswell, 1863. 164pp. plus sixty-one plates on thirty-one leaves bound after the text. Contemporary three-quarter calf and marbled boards, gilt, rebacked with most of the original spine laid down. Moderate wear and slight chipping to boards. Tiny bookseller's ticket on rear pastedown. Short tear in top margin of titlepage, minor dampstaining on titlepage and occasionally throughout text, slight tanning, some foxing. Good. First and only edition of this Confederate imprint, a compilation of artillery tactics. The author was a native of Baltimore, an architect, and a battalion artillery commander under Charles Winder, and subsequently under Stonewall Jackson after Winder was killed in action at the Battle of Cedar Run. Andrews was also severely injured at the battle, almost disemboweled after a Union shell exploded close to him, resulting in an eight-month convalescence to recover from his injuries, after which Andrews was fitted with a silver plate over his wound. Andrews organized the present work during his recovery period, and dedicated the book to Stonewall Jackson, who had complimented him on his "gallant and meritorious conduct in the Battle of Cedar Run." The sixty-one plates at the back illustrate the maneuvering, sponging, loading, ramming, and pointing of cannon, plus eight pages of bugle signals. Andrews writes in the Preface regarding the printing of the plates: "It would have been better to have had wood-cut rather than lithographic illustrations, as the cuts would then have been on the same page with the explanations of the various maneuvers. The blockade renders this at this time impossible." A rare work, with only two copies listed in OCLC, both in the British Library. PARRISH & WILLINGHAM 4721. CRANDALL 2392. BAXTER & DEARBORN, p.80. MIDLAND NOTES 17:58. GOODSPEED 590:38. (Inventory #: WRCAM49675)
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