The Photographic History of the Civil War by Francis Trevelyan Miller, in scarce dust jackets and shipping crate. Quarto, [ten volumes]. Publisher’s blue cloth, title in gilt on spine, stamped illustration on cover. An early issue of this work, with a revised index. Top edge gilt. Illustrated endpapers, with hinge starting in Volume I and X, but sound binding and limited to these two volumes. In publishers scarce dust jackets, all with some expected wear and occasional chipping, Volume I and Volume III with some loss along spine. In publisher’s original shipping crate, with tags from John Wanamaker of New York. (Eicher, 711) (DAB I, 585) An exceptional collection of Civil War photography, with thousands of images from the war.
Comments: Considered by Eicher to be “the grandfather of pictorial histories, this mammoth work is a necessary part of any Civil War library.” The first edition of this work was published in 1911, with this set being issued the following year, but with a revised index (third edition). Individual Volumes Include: The Opening Battles (Vol. I), Two Years of Grim War (Vol. II), The Decisive Battles (Vol. III), The Cavalry (Vol. IV), Forts and Artillery (Vol. V), The Navies (Vol. VI), Prisons and Hospitals (Vol. VII), Soldier Life and Secret Service (Vol. VIII), Poetry and Eloquence of Blue and Gray (Vol. IX) and Armies and Leaders (Vol. X). Important contributors to this work include the photographer Mathew Brady, Frederick Dent Grant, George H. Putnam, William C. Church, Theodore Rodenbaugh and President William H. Taft.