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    Rare 7th New York National Guard history presentation copy

    [Asher Taylor]: Notes on the Colours of the National Guard, With Some Incidental Passages of the History of the Regiment. Prepared at the request of "The Veterans of the National Guard," Read before the Association January, 12th, 1863. With Emendations. (New York: From an Amateur Press, for private distribution, 1864). An extremely rare Civil War regimental history of the 7th New York National Guard. Copy number three of sixty-seven copies printed. Small quarto. [26], 41, [1], 42-52, [1], 46 [sic], [1], viii, [1] addenda, [blank], [3] pages, paginated text printed on the rectos only. Illustrated with fifteen mounted albumen photographs (most with attached tax stamps), two mounted photographed illustrations, one engraved plate, one small engraved portrait, one small color lithograph illustration of the Veterans of the National Guard, and numerous patriotic vignettes within text. Bound by Francis & Loutrel Stationers, New York, in full leather over beveled boards with titles and borders stamped in gilt on the boards. Gilt dentelles. All edges gilt. Floral endpapers. Has been artfully rebacked with professional repair to the upper corners. Otherwise an excellent copy of this scarce book. The book is housed in a modern brown-cloth covered clamshell case with titles stamped in gilt on a red morocco spine label.

    This book has attained mythic status due to the fact that so few copies were printed and so few are known to currently exist. But unique among the few existing copies is this specially bound copy presented to the book's original printer, Sarah U. Dame. Her name is stamped in gilt in the upper right corner of the front board, with an inscription on the half-title page, and it is the only copy with her photograph, appropriately set on the page facing a tipped-in errata sheet in which she describes the "crudities" of the typography, the result of "a young lady...without previous experience." With that in mind young Sarah has made a few autograph corrections to the text. A presentation letter dated December 31, 1864, with the original transmittal envelope, from the author, accompanies the book.

    The incredible albumen photographs include portraits of noted officers, tent life at Camp Cameron, bivouac in front of Fort Frederick, Maryland, Fort Federal Hill, and the regiment's gun squad at Federal Hill.

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