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)
“A Story of Modern AmericanLife”
Colton, Arthur. The debatable land. New York & London: Harper & Brothers, 1901. 8vo (19.4 cm, 7.6"). , 312,  pp.
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First edition of this novel in Harper's “Stories of Modern American Life” series: an interestingly divided romance, partly dedicated to aesthetically pleasing flights of fancy regarding music, the nature of women, and philosophy, and partly dedicated to two of the male protagonists' experiences as soldiers in the Civil War.
Provenance: Front fly-leaf with inked inscription: “John H. White Merry Christmas from Mabel 1903.”
Binding: Publisher's cloth, front cover with gilt-stamped title and decorative red-stamped frame surrounding an affixed, color-printed illustration of a broken cannon in a cloudy landscape.
Binding as above, very slightly cocked, extremities very lightly rubbed. Inscription as above; pages clean and crisp. A lovely thing. (35256)
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.
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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