U.S. CIVIL WAR
Civil War–Era Bible
(A Very Evocative BIBLE). Bible. English. 1865. Authorized (i.e., “King James Version”). The Holy Bible, containing the Old and New Testaments, translated out of the original tongues; and with the former translations diligently compared and revised. New York: American Bible Society, 1865. Tall 12mo (18 cm; 7"). 765 pp.
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“57th edition,” according to the verso of the title-page; multiple issues of the King James version were released by the American Bible Society in 1865. The present, attractively bound example of the Society's “Nonpareil, 12mo” edition includes a separate title-page for the New Testament and four family record pages (unused, in this case).
Binding: Brown blind-embossed calf with ornate strapwork designs surrounding a central cartouche, “blank” areas textured with a wavy pattern like moiré silk; spine with blind rules “forming” spine compartments.
Evidence of readership: A few passages marked with pencilled X'es and a few pages turned in for ready finding (e.g., the 23d psalm; Luke 7, a chapter of miracles; Revelation's description of heaven). Two slips laid into Hebrews citing verses with names following — suggested reading from or for those people? Prayer memos?
Not in Hills. Binding as above, a little rubbed. Blind pressure-stamp of the York County Bible Society and private ownership signature on front free endpaper. Age-toning and some foxing, brown stain in lower margin of last few leaves (i.e., “Contents”). A rather nice copy made particularly interesting by its signs of use. (34165)
BAL Woman Author
Hamilton, Gail [pseud. of Mary Abigail Dodge]. [drop-title] Tracts for the times: Courage. [New York: C.B. Richardson], 1862. 8vo (23 cm, 8.75"). 4 pp.
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First edition of the author's second separately published work: It was first printed in the 27 January 1862 issue of The Congregationalist.
BAL 4703; Sabin 20506. Removed from a nonce volume. Last leaf with tears (repaired). Age-toned. (38407)
The Home Front's Perspective on theCivil War
Robinson, Mary. The American conflict: A household story. Narrated in three volumes. New York: Phillips & Hunt; Cincinnati: Walden & Stowe, 1880. 12mo (17.8 cm, 7"). 3 vols. I: 8, , 9–144, , 145–273,  pp.; 3 plts. (incl. in pagination). II: 8, , 9–148, , 149–291,  pp.; 3 plts. III: 6, , 9–110, , 111–194, [16 (adv.)] pp.; 3 plts.
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“The spirit that made our soldiers valiant, our women merciful, our whole people elevated and ardent, in that great era”: a patriotic, uplifting account of the Civil War, designed for “the youth gathered in our Churches, and largely dependent on our Sunday-school libraries for mental recreation” (p. ). This is thefirst complete edition of the entire work; the first two volumes originally appeared in parts as The Brother Soldiers (1867), The Great Battle Year (1868), Forward with the Flag (1868), and The Work of the Two Great Captains (1871), with the story newly completed here in the third volume with The Last Strokes of the Work and The Home-Coming. Robinson quotes extensively from contemporary published tales of the war, as the Northern family of the titular household gets most of their information from communal, out-loud newspaper, periodical, and letter readings.
The story — factually based apart from the lightly fictionalized family described — is illustrated withnine engraved plates (three for each volume), including “Baltimore Riot,” “Iron-Clads on the Mississippi,” and “Horace and His Companion Aided by the Negro.”
Surprisingly, the complete edition of 1880 seems to be scarce: WorldCat finds only eight libraries reporting ownership.
Provenance: Vols. II and III with affectionate pencilled gift inscriptions on front fly-leaves to “Gracie” from her grandfather, both dated 1882.
Sabin 72145–48 (for separate issues, not incl. third vol.). Publisher's brick-colored cloth, front covers with decorative black-stamped frames and gilt-stamped titles, back covers framed in blind, spines with gilt-stamped titles; clean and fresh, showing very little wear overall, with a small area of light mottling at the foot of the front cover of vol. II and slightly more pronounced mottling to the upper and lower edges of the front cover of vol. III. An interesting and worthwhile approach to the war, here in a solid, clean, handsome set. (38932)
The Trent Affair
Rush, Benjamin. Letter on the rebellion, to a citizen of Washington from a citizen of Philadelphia. Philadelphia: John Campbell, 1862. 8vo. 23, [1 (blank)] pp.
The author, a grandson of Dr. Benjamin Rush, defends the actions of Captain Wilkes in the so-called Trent affair, which involved the interception of a British vessel on the high seas and the capture of two Confederate emissaries on board. Sabin 74243.
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Sewn as issued. Once folded in six parts. Long 2 1/2 inch tears extending from fore-edges, to first three leaves. Two dog-eared corners, a few short tears to final leaf, two small holes with loss of a few words of text. (557)
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