New York: Harper & Brothers, 1868. Hardcover. Very good condition. These two profusely illustrated folio volumes constitute the classic pictorial history of the Civil War, taken from the pages of Harper's Weekly, with the text written as the war unfolded. Almost 1,000 engravings depict the war as Americans were experiencing it, and reveal the life of soldiers in many settings. There are camp scenes, marches through pouring rain and mud, officer portraits as well as battle scenes. There is an outstanding large color folding 'Map of the Southern States', with an ornately decorated border and 4 corner vignette portraits, the one at the upper left of Abraham Lincoln (2 short diagonal tears at center fold; slightly ruffled at top edge left side only).Folio volumes, (12 x 16 1/2"). Vol I: 380pp, 249 ills, 32 maps & plans, 224 portraits, including a full page portrait of Grant and the large color folding map of Southern States, which has 2 short tears. Vol. II: 381 - 836pp; 313 ills, 67 maps & plans, 113 portraits. Each volume with pictorial title page. Dark brown gilt cloth covers, with beveled edges, blind stamped borders. Both volumes worn and chipped at spine ends & a bit worn along spine hinges, with small rectangular area of loss to cloth at middle of spine Vol II just below the title; otherwise, the two volumes in remarkably good condition, internally bright and clean. (Inventory #: 22238)
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