Here is a good 3 volume set (first ones issued) of first edition books about the US Civil War for your buying consideration. Would make a great gift for a special occasion, or keep it for yourself!
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Nice 1st Edition set of books here. The Books were titled, "The Blue and the Gray" had their own specific name, and were then part of "The Blue and The Gray Series". The books were written by Oliver Optic. Published by Lee and Shephard of Boston, MA.
This is the first 3 of the 6 volumes that were issued in this set. So, an incomplete set here. You can tell that they were the first books issued when you look at a block notation in the front of the books being issued. "Taken by the Enemy" is the first book (1888/1889) and has no block in it summarizing the book titles of the series. "Within the Enemy Lines" was the second book (1889/1890), and mentions the first one and says that "On the Blockade, the third book, (1890/1891) is noted as "in press".
The books have a blue and gray cloth hardcovers. There are no dust covers, not sure if there were any originally. The front cover of each book has an an image in gold gilt of a GAR and Confederate Veteran pins. The spine is done in blue and has in gold gilt, has the title of the book, and publisher name. The name of the author, Oliver Optic, and the name of the series, 'The Blue and the Gray Series" are done in black. The onion skin over the illustration by the title page in each book is in place.
The front and back covers are still securely attached to the rest of the book at the spine. The books themselves are in very good shape. Some minor rub to covers, mostly to the corners and top and bottom of the spine. Gold gilt on the top edge of the pages. The front cover of the On the Blockade book is pressed in on the page side. Discoloration in front of the Within the Enemy Lines book and the first blank page is pulled out of the book, still with it. A mark of some numbers on the inside of the front cover of that same book.
There are no owner's marks in the books. The books have great illustrations throughout them.
Each of the three books is 7-5/8" tall, by 5.5" across, by 1-3/8" wide. The first volume is 344 pages in length followed by advertising pages for other books. The second volume is 349 pages in length and the third volume is 355 pages in length. Let us know if you have any questions or need additional pictures. Don’t be shy to make an offer, we are always open to reasonable suggestions.
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