Boston: George Smith, 1888. Volume One 1888 publication, Volume Two Unknown. Both Hard Cover. The narrative book has a couple of signature pulls, but holding well. The spine is faded some nd there are bug marks on it. The sample is soiled and rubbed to the cardboard in two places. (See photos). / None. Item #363
THERE ARE TWO VOLUMES IN THIS LOT: FIRST IS THE TRUE NARRATIVE AND THE SECOND VOLUME IS A SALESMAN'S SAMPLE. A MOST UNUSUAL COMBINATION OF BOOKS.
The narrative volume is highly rated by all bibliographers. Union Bookshelf says: "An Indispensable source for information of the Union soldier." Nevins I-59: "The best source for Army life and feelings of a Union soldier. ..delightfully written and humorously illustrated work has become a classic." Dornbusch I-MA-29. As the photos show, each is bound in the red cloth which was a very popular selection
SALESMAN”S SAMPLE. The narrative book was sold by subscription. The salesman's sample contained choices of binding color, sample text, illustrations, tables, table of contents and many lined pages in the rear to list all those who subscribed. Unfortunately, this salesman did not do well as there are no names. A FUNNY THING, THE SAMPLE CONTAINS AT LEAST SIX COLORED PLATES, NAMELY OF UNION ARMY CORPS FLAGS. THE REAL BOOK DOES NOT HAVE THESE! GOES TO SHOW THE OLD "BAIT AND SWITCH PLOY" IS NOT NEW.
As the photos show, each is bound in the red cloth which was a very popular selection.