Title: Pictorial Field Book of the Revolution (Two volumes)
Author: B.J. Lossing (Benson J. Lossing, LL.D.)
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Benson John Lossing (1813 – 1891) was one of America’s first great historians, known best for his illustrated books on the American Revolution and American Civil War. "Lossing's significance as a historian derives from his diligence in seeking out primary records, his interviews with participants of events and intimates of his biographical subjects, and his care to weigh and contrast details of his various sources. Although such efforts are today a standard among historians, in Lossing's time they were not. Lossing also learned wood engraving and was an artist thus many of the artworks and illustrations in his books were created by him.
Publisher: Harper & Brothers, Franklin Square, New York
Date Published: 1850 date on copyright page, but possibly a later printing
Book Details / Condition and Notes:
Hardcover. Two volume set. Size of each volume: Large 8vo. (approx. 7" x 11"). Dark brown cover with debossed design to both front and back cover. Gilt stamped spine lettering and illustration.
Each volume illustrated with a vignette title page and frontispiece. Colored lithographic frontispiece in first volume, tinted lithographic frontispiece in second; tinted lithographic and letterpress title page in both volumes. Profusely illustrated with several hundred engravings on wood, by Lossing and Barritt, mostly from original sketches by the author. This two-volume set features impressive illustrations depicting aspects of the war, portraits, battle strategy, and important scenes. According to Sabin*: "this work is valuable for information that is not found in other resources, calling this work a ‘cyclopedia of the American Revolution." One of the important sections of this work is Lossing’s description of the perils of the country immediately following the conclusion of the war.
Condition and Notes: A Good or better set with noticeable rubbing to the boards. Both volumes shows mild to moderate signs of external age and wear with rubbing/scraping to the boards and mild to moderate edgewear. (Please see pictures). Inside front and back cover color endpaper darkened / shows discoloration. The internal hinge is cracked at the front between free end papers. Pages through both volumes show mild moisture markings. (Please see pictures). Most of the top corner of the text block is bumped. Pages are moderately tanned. Few pages have stains. (Please see pictures).
*Sabin. Reference to Joseph Sabin's Bibliotheca Americana: A Dictionary of Books Relating to America, from Its Discovery to the Present Time
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