Baltimore: Kelly, Piet & Company, 1870. Hard Cover. Good binding. Item #6836
12mo. 312 pp. First edition. As issued in maroon cloth; vignette title in gold on the front cover and the spine. Textblock has been recased and the spine and joints lined with cloth underneath the original cloth; where the original binding was chipped at the head and tail of the spine, this new cloth is visible but discreet; covers are silverfished; contents are moderately toned throughout; bookseller's ticket to the front pastedown; a solidly recased copy.
This copy with interesting provenance: there are several instances of the ownership stamp of H. B. Taliaferro who was a captain with the 17th Virginia and his name appears in the muster roll at the end. Additionally, the previous owner name of Eppa Hunton IV, grandson of Confederate generals Eppa Hunton and William Payne, his pencil notes notes on the leaf opposite the title page and a few marginal notes in the text. Nevins calls this work, “A human chronicle, with many insights, of a little-known but valorous unit in Lee's army.” In addition to the obvious “affairs of the regiment” in the history, Coulter points out that “whenever possible the author visited with the admiring civilians, and his description of the Unionism of Maryland women, the hunger of the soldiers, and other matters suggests a traveler's viewpoint.” Coulter 482; Dornbusch II, 1398; Howes W-592; Nevins I, p. 180.