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    Official Register of the U.S. Military Academy (Eight Volumes, 1800-1906), plus the Army Register, 1812-1819. Most volumes of the Official Register contain facsimile signatures of adjutants, but volume three contains the signatures of Joseph Hooker ("J. Hooker"), Irvin McDowell (twice signed), and Henry S. Burton. All volumes are from the collection of George Bell. Bell (1828-1907), originally from Maryland, graduated from West Point in 1848. He was promoted during the Civil War for faithful and meritorious service and retired as a brigadier general in 1892.

    Each of the Official Register's eight volumes contain several years of the Official Register of the U.S. Military Academy, each listing West Point's yearly military staff, organization, and cadets. The cadets are listed according to "Merit in Their Respective Classes" and "Merit in Conduct". Some of the later editions contain lists of "Distinguished Cadets", casualties, courses of study, and more.

    Vol. 1, 1800-1827. This volume of blue-lined pages also contains four pages of a handwritten history of the academy. All entries are handwritten.
    Vol. 2, 1828-1839. All entries are handwritten.
    Vol. 3, 1840-1857. All entries are printed.
    Vol. 4, 1858-1871. Entries for 1858 are handwritten, while all others are printed.
    Vol. 5, June 1870. Comprised of a handwritten alphabetical list of cadets.
    Vol. 6, 1872-1884. All entries are printed.
    Vol. 7, 1885-1896. All entries are printed.
    Vol. 8, 1897-1906. All entries are printed.

    The eight volumes of the Official Register - four large 8vo volumes and four small 8vo volumes - are all bound somewhat uniformly in nineteenth-century three-quarter morocco over marbled paper boards. All spines with gilt lettering. New endpapers in all but three volumes. All bindings substantially rubbed and worn, but contents of all are remarkably tight and bright; these eight volumes in very good condition.

    The Army Register, 1812-1819 originally belonged to Adjutant and Inspector General Daniel Parker (1782-1846) from Massachusetts, as noted from the multiple inscriptions on the front endpapers: "Genl. D. Parker to Genl. E. Gibson March 1807." Below that inscription in another hand, "and Genl. Gibson to Capt. [Alexander E.] Shiras Feb. 21, 1852." Below that in another hand, "and Genl. Shiras to Genl. [George] Bell May 12, 1866." Then, in yet another hand, "to Geo. Bell Jr." In places throughout the book, General Parker has underlined and annotated passages. Beside some names he has made annotations such as "died", "transferred", "promoted". He has also signed his name on many pages. In pencil on another front endpaper are handwritten notes on the average height of English, Scotch, Irish, and French men. The Army Register, 1812-1819 is a 12mo volume bound in twentieth-century gilt-stamped brown calf; pages toned, but in near fine condition.


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