Francis Trevelyan Miller, ed., The Photographic History of the Civil War, 1st ed., With Publicity Ephemera!


Essential Photographic History. A Brilliant Gift!

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When Francis T. Miller published the massive, ten volume The Photographic History of the Civil War for The Review of Reviews Company, it was an accomplishment of magnificent scope. It is still considered a classic photographic survey of the war. First published in 1911 (the 50th anniversary of the war) in ten volumes. It boasts “Thousands of Scenes Photographed 1861-65, with Text by many Special Authorities.”

“The grandfather of pictorial histories, this mammoth work is a necessary part of any Civil War library.” – David Eicher.

A list of the volumes and conditions:

Volume 1. The Opening Battles. Shaken hinge; scratched board; light wear of extremities. Volume 2. Two Years of Grim War. Tight; minimal wear. Volume 3. The Decisive Battles. Rear hinge shaken; minor wrinkling of spine. Volume 4. The Cavalry. Strong hinges; usual wear. Volume 5. Forts and Artillery. Hinges shaken; light wear of extremities. Volume 6. The Navies. Strong hinges; light chipping of extremities. Volume 7. Prisons and Hospitals. Hinges shaken; very light wear. Volume 8. Soldier Life and Secret Service. Hinges tight; very light dampstain on text; light wear. Volume 9. Poetry and Eloquence. Hinges strong; light dampstain; light wear of edges. Volume 10. Armies and Leaders. Hinges strong; minimal wear.

This set comes with a large collection of marketing ephemera, giving important information on the publication of the work, including eighteen full-sized sample images. The pre-publication material offers the set in three states. These include blue Silk Cloth Binding (commonly considered the First Trade Edition), Three-Quarters Morocco, and a limited and numbered edition of one thousand in Full Persian Morocco.

Overall condition very good. These books are heavy, and all volumes hang heavily against their spines. Strong hinges are uncommon. The set is bright and brilliant, with vivid gilt lettering!

Miller, Francis T, ed. THE PHOTOGRAPHIC HISTORY OF THE CIVIL WAR IN TEN VOLUMES. New York: Review of Reviews Co., 1911. First Trade Edition; 10 volumes, 11″ x 8″, illustrations, top edge gilt.