This is a very rare booklet published in 1896 that describes the Battle of Gettysburg and is designed to aid visitors to the battlefield. The full title is “Battle of Gettysburg Made Plain: Historical Guide Replete with Incidents. Descriptive of the Famous Three Days Fight.” It was written by J. Warren Gilbert who was a guide for the Gettysburg Electric Railway that ran tourists across the battlefield for many years. The booklet is a first edition that consists of 7 pages of ads and 17 pages of text. It is in its original printed paper wrappers. The wrappers are badly soiled and chipped. One photo shows the extent of damage to the back wrapper. Although the wrapper is still attached, it is barely holding as the upper section is separated from the pages. Internally the piece is good. If we were to keep this item, we would consider having it expertly preserved to avoid any further deterioration. There are a number of later printings of this item available on the internet, but this is the only first edition copy that we know of. As an early glimpse into the knowledge of the battlefield at the time when it was just beginning to become a hot tourist attraction, it is a special piece prepared by one of the more knowledgeable individuals of the day. It will be a crowning piece in any collection of Civil War ephemera.
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