ARMSMEAR: THE HOME, THE ARM, AND THE ARMORY OF SAMUEL COLT. A MEMORIAL
by [Colt, Samuel]
New York, 1866. 399pp. Frontispiece, maps, and plates. Quarto. Contemporary gilt brown morocco presentation binding, with armorial crest gilt stamped on boards, a.e.g. Hinged cracked but holding, some moderate shelf wear. Presentation inscription on front endpaper. Some offsetting of frontispiece onto titlepage. Faint scattered foxing, and an occasional light dampstain. Very good. This elaborate memorial volume is a tribute to the famous gun designer and manufacturer, Samuel Colt, prepared after his death by his widow. Besides describing the grounds of the Colt estate in Hartford, it contains a great deal of information relating to Colt's career, the development of his business and of his famous revolver, which played such a central role in shaping the West. This work is usually found in a half calf binding, but the present copy is housed in a full morocco presentation binding, gilt stamped with the armorial crest of Samuel Colt. It was given by Colt's widow to Major General Thomas Sherman, and is inscribed by her on the front free endpaper recto, "Major General T. Sherman, with the regards of Mrs. Samuel Colt. Armsmear. September 16th 1867." General Sherman (no relation to the more famous general of that name) was an old regular army officer who known Samuel Colt well and was one of the Army group to whom the armsmaker sent weapons to test. Relatively old at the time of the Civil War, he served in the Gulf and was in command at New Orleans at the end of the war, with the rank of brevet major general. He was stationed at Newport, R.I. at the time Mrs. colt gave him this volume. HOWES C618, "b." SABIN 14763. GENERALS IN BLUE, pp. 440-441.
(Inventory #: WRCAM51907)
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