My Days and Nights on the Battlefield. Carleton, Charles Carleton Coffin.
My Days and Nights on the Battlefield
My Days and Nights on the Battlefield
My Days and Nights on the Battlefield
My Days and Nights on the Battlefield
My Days and Nights on the Battlefield

My Days and Nights on the Battlefield

Boston: Ticknor and Fields [printed by the University Press, Cambridge], 1864. First Edition. Hardcover. First printing, duodecimo size, 342 pp. Very Good. Item #14123102

Charles Carleton Coffin (1823-1896) was "one of the best-known newspaper correspondents of the American Civil War. He has been called 'the Ernie Pyle of his era,' and a biographer, W.E. Griffis, referred to him as 'a soldier of the pen and knight of the truth'."

This volume, written towards the end of the Civil War and geared towards younger readers, covers all of the important developments of the Civil War from the perspective of an on-the-field reporter. The author was the only reporter to cover all of the battles from Bull Run to Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House. Coffin became very friendly with many of the Union generals and rode alongside Grant, Meade, and Hancock on the way to Gettysburg; he also rode with Col. Joshua Chamberlin on the way to Little Round Top at Gettysburg (n.b., info and quotes per Wiki).

This the first edition, first printing, with 1864 on the title page (see Sabin); the listings for later printings are using the 1863 copyright date, not the publication date.

___DESCRIPTION: Green cloth over boards, ornate design blind debossed to front and rear boards, author, title and publisher in gilt to spine, musket, drum and flag image in gilt to spine, yellow coated endpapers, tissue-guarded frontispiece a scene with the title "The Dying Patriot" one of the eight full-page illustrations throughout, scattered throughout are fifteen in-text diagrams and maps; duodecimo size (6 7/8" by 4 5/8"), pagination: [i-vii] viii, [1] 2-312, [22 pp.] publisher's ads dated November, 1863.

___CONDITION: Overall very good; collated complete, the binding mostly clean with a few light spots of soil, the text block solid although slightly cocked, the hinges sound although the sewn binding beginning to loosen with a few small gutter cracks and one signature slightly sprung but still solidly attached, the interior mostly clean with a few spots of soil; the binding mostly mellowed to brown, some wear to the head and tail of the spine, the bottom corners rubbed, the front pastedown and front free endpaper with the same prior owner name and address in ink, the front free endpaper with an additional prior owner name in pencil.

___CITATION: Sabin 14168.

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Price: $200.00

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