Item #295995 [WITH PUBLISHER’S SLIP] [CONFEDERACY] HAM CHAMBERLAYNE-VIRGINIAN: LETTERS AND PAPERS OF AN ARTILLERY OFFICER IN THE WAR FOR SOUTHERN INDEPENDENCE 1861-1865. John H. Chamberlayne | Churchill G. Chamberlayne.
[WITH PUBLISHER’S SLIP] [CONFEDERACY] HAM CHAMBERLAYNE-VIRGINIAN: LETTERS AND PAPERS OF AN ARTILLERY OFFICER IN THE WAR FOR SOUTHERN INDEPENDENCE 1861-1865
[WITH PUBLISHER’S SLIP] [CONFEDERACY] HAM CHAMBERLAYNE-VIRGINIAN: LETTERS AND PAPERS OF AN ARTILLERY OFFICER IN THE WAR FOR SOUTHERN INDEPENDENCE 1861-1865
[WITH PUBLISHER’S SLIP] [CONFEDERACY] HAM CHAMBERLAYNE-VIRGINIAN: LETTERS AND PAPERS OF AN ARTILLERY OFFICER IN THE WAR FOR SOUTHERN INDEPENDENCE 1861-1865

[WITH PUBLISHER’S SLIP] [CONFEDERACY] HAM CHAMBERLAYNE-VIRGINIAN: LETTERS AND PAPERS OF AN ARTILLERY OFFICER IN THE WAR FOR SOUTHERN INDEPENDENCE 1861-1865

Richmond, VA: The Dietz Printing Co., 1932.

Hard Cover. First Edition. Signed. Quarto; (9 1/4” x 6 1/4”); in red cloth with the Confederate battle flag in gilt to the upper board, backed in gray cloth; xxx, [xxxi], [1], 2-440, followed by folding maps; and with illustrations throughout.

#106 of 1000 copies signed by the editor. This copy with the signature of C. W. Davison on the pastedown; Mr. Davison was one of the original subscribers.

An important Confederate book, this copy is remarkable for the insertion -- in accordance with the publisher’s directions -- of a slip to be pasted between pages 80 and 81. The slip provides biographical information regarding George W. Bagby and Thomas Underwood Dudley and is rarely seen. Harwell describes the letters as “[c]harmingly candid” and “of considerable interest” [ITC 21]. From Coulter: “Chamberlayne...gives a rather complete picture of what went on in the mind of an intelligent artillery officer” [Coulter, 44-45]. Eicher calls it “of great interest” and “overlooked”, noting that “[m]any of the letters were composed in great haste, which give them the flavor of the immediacy of Civil War batter” [Eicher, 199]. And Nevins notes that the letters are “exceptionally revealing” [Nevins I, 68]. John Hampden Chamberlayne is buried at Hollywood Cemetery [See Ferguson, Southerners at Rest, p. 50].

We enjoy Captain Chamberlayne’s epistolary style. To his sister in 1860: “This scrap is written to accompany the enclosed letter from J. J. Not that there is anything to say on the contrary &c. M. is well, H. is well, E. is well, I am well, we are all well, and we hope that you are well; and that is about all.” [p, [1]].

A presentable copy though lacking the jacket; front hinge is cracked but holding. Uncommon with the pasted in slip.

(Nevins I, 68; Eicher 199; Coulter 44-45; ITC 21; Ferguson, p. 50.).


Very Good binding.
Item #295995

Price: $350.00