San Francisco: The Hicks-Judd Company, 1899. Leather bound. Quarto size, 427 pp., in deluxe binding. Near fine. Item #21052412
Commencing with the Battle of Manila in February of 1899, the Philippine-American War lasted for a little over three years. The US refused to acknowledge the Philippine's declaration of independence, and attempted to annex the Philippines under the terms of the Treaty of Paris, which had brought to an end the Spanish American War, with Spain ceeding the Phillippines to the US. The US eventually ceeded sovereignty to the Phillipines in 1946 via the Treaty of Manila, culminating a process which took place over several decades.
However, when this book was published it was 1899 and the War had just begun. As had been the case during a time of war for so very long, the individual units of soldiers took great pride in their own units. Thus, this book is in two sections. The first portion, and the bulk of the volume, lays out the argument for US rule beginning with the annexation by Philip "the Tyrant, called the Second of Spain" who "stole, among his many other thefts, 114,000 square miles of island real estate in the Malay archipelago, and called them the Phillippines" (p. 2). A narration of the War, up to that time, follows, the volume replete with half-tone reproductions of black-and-white photographs which remain interesting for the glimpses they provide of the Philippines of well over one hundred years ago, as well as a few maps.
The latter portion of the volume is devoted to the First Colorado Infantry; the publishing house appended accounts of individual regiments at the end of the main narrative. As stated in the Preface, "[t]he commanding officer of each regiment was visited wtih the object of securing his cooperation in compiling an accurate account of the operations of his regiment. A man was found in each of these regiments competent to write the story, and the official records of the regiment were placed at his disposal" (p. iii). While only 99 pages in length, this book's account of the First Colorado Infantry is also filled with reproductions of vintage photographs, as well as list of men in the various battalions.
We note that this publication was available in either cloth or leather, and apparently with the option of having the edges gilt (which would have been an additional cost). This volume in the deluxe full-leather binding, although the purchaser did not opt for the gilt edges, but rather for marbled edges. As of this writing, there are only two other copies online with the Colorado Infantry as the second part.
___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full cordovan-coloured leather over boards, gilt lettering on the front and spine, gilt vignette at the bottom right corner of the front board of a soldier in front of a tent under palm trees, looking over the water at objects in the distance, at the top right corner of the front board is the insignia of the First Colorado Infantry in gilt, marbled edges, light blue endpapers, tipped-in page at the front with a reproduction of a photograph of George Dewey with a poem underneath ("Opportunity" by John J. Ingalls), verso blank, each chapter opens with an historiated initial capital, note that the two sections of the book are separately paginated; quarto size (10 1/4" by 7 1/8"), pagination: First section, [2 pp.] [i-iii] iv-viii,  2-314; Second section (Colorado Infantry), [i-iv]  2-99.
___CONDITION: Near fine, the leather smooth and supple, the gilt lettering and decorations bright and unrubbed, straight corners without rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; front hinge a bit tender but not cracked, the spine sunned, and a few light, stray marks on the binding, still overall near fine.
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