DescriptionGeorge C. Furber. The Twelve Months Volunteer; Journal of a Private, in the Tennessee Regiment of Cavalry, in the Campaign, in Mexico, 1846-7. Cincinnati: J. A. & U. P. James, 1848. First edition. 8vo. xi, 640pp. Twenty-three engraved plates. Folding map. Full period sheep, with ornate blind-stamped pictorial boards. Head of spine is missing. Joints splitting; rear hinge broken, with rear board attached by cords. Spine and boards rubbed, scarred, and lightly soiled. Pages remarkably bright, with occasional foxing. An unusual binding in need of professional restoration. Ink name on title page. In good or better condition. Quite scarce.
References: Howes F420. Sabin 26217.
Twenty-three engraved plates, including two frontispieces. Folding map with a two-inch tear to right side. Full period sheep, with ornate blind-stamped pictorial boards, featuring seven soldiers standing at attention with bayonets behind three soldiers on horseback. Gilt-stamped leather label to spine; gilt rules to spine. Marbled endpapers. All edges marbled. Head of spine is missing. Joints splitting; rear hinge broken, with rear board attached by cords. Spine and boards rubbed, scarred, and lightly soiled, with leather worn at extremities. Pages remarkably bright, with occasional foxing. An unusual binding in need of professional restoration. Inked name on title page. A scarce first edition in good or better condition.
"Comprised of Four General Subjects: I. A Soldier's Life in Camp; Amusements; Duties; Hardships; II. A Description of Texas and Mexico, as seen on the March; III. Manners; Customs; Religious Ceremonies of the Mexicans; IV. The Operations of all the Twelve Months Volunteers. Including a Complete History of the War with Mexico." "Has been referred to as 'a veritable encyclopedia of the military and civil side of the war'" (Garrett, The Mexican-American War, p. 214).
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