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Lot 1345: Charles Jacobs Peterson THE MILITARY HEROES OF THE WAR OF 1812 1848 First Edition Antique Military History Mexican American War United States Steel Engraved Plates Historiated Initials
22 October 2016
Freeville, NY, USALive Auction
Title: The Military Heroes of the War of 1812: with a Narrative of the War
Author: Charles J. Peterson - Charles Jacobs Peterson was an American author and publisher.
In 1852, Peterson published the novel The Cabin and Parlor; or, Slaves and Masters under the pseudonym J. Thornton Randolph, an early example of the Anti-Tom literature which arose in response to Uncle Tom's Cabin. It was published by T.B. Peterson, Ltd.; Theophilus B. Peterson was one of Charles' brothers and a leading publisher of cheap and sensational fiction. Peterson was not necessarily defending the institution of slavery, but instead a gradualism for ending of slavery in future instead of a destruction which would fracture the United States. After the American Civil War broke out, he was clearly on the Union side.
Publisher: William A. Leary
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Width: 6.5" Height: 9.75"
Book Details: From the preface: "The war of 1812 [sic] furnishes little to gratify the military annalist until he approaches its close. The imbecility of the Generals and the number of their defeats, naturally dispirit an author. He feels the subject continually checking him; and is delighted, when the campaign of 1814 opening, affords him something beside disgrace and disaster to record. The uncompromising nature of the subject has prevented any writer of ability from taking it up: and hence a good history of the War of 1812 is as yet unknown to the language.
There is no attempt in the following pages to supply this deficiency. Indeed such an endeavor would be foreign to the purpose of this work. The narrative of the war is but subordinate to the main design of the volume, and hence the author has contented himself with a mere outline sketch, the only merit of which, if he has succeeded in his aim, is in being authentic and comprehensive."
Condition / Notes: This antique volume is a first edition, comprising two volumes in one: the first volume on the War of 1812, and the second, the War with Mexico. The work is bound in full brown leather, with blind-stamped ornamentation and faded gilt lettering to the front cover and spine. The volume's exterior displays rubbing and faint vertical cracking to the spine. The binding is cracked at the hinges, and the text block displays faded marbled edges. The volume is adorned with marbled endpapers, and the blank pages at the front and rear display foxing and moisture to the bottom edge. A previous owner's signature appears on one of the blank preliminary pages. The interior is foxed, with faint moisture markings appearing near the rear. This work is richly illustrated with textual illustrations, historiated initials, and tissue-guarded plates, depicting the war heroes themselves, including Zachary Taylor, Winfield Scott, and William O. Butler, as well as battle scenes from both wars.
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