Fantastic Find~1861-1865 Civil War Flags Of The U.s. Army~89 Full Color Plates For Sale“DESIGNATING FlagS OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY~1861-1865”
1888~EXCESSIVELY RARE “LIMITED EDITION” REFERENCE PUBLICATION
COPYRIGHT BY BRIGADIER GENERAL SAMUEL B. HOLABIRD
COMMISSIONED BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT WITH QUARTERMASTER GENERAL
This is a fantastic find for the serious Civil War collector. Up for sale is an extraordinarily rare first edition publication titled, “Designating Flags of the United States Army – 1861-1865”, published by Burk & McFetridge, Philadelphia, in 1888. This volume is Folio size, measuring approximately 14” x 12”, and is in very good, if not near excellent condition. The volume is complete containing all 89 colorful plates. The volume is beautifully with gilt titling to the front board.
In the Practical Guide to American 19th Century Color Plate Books, it references the following about this rare publication: "Eighty-seven full pages of the most beautiful lithographs possible, so fine that not only the colors but the textures and fabrics are clearly distinguishable."
All prints are bound into the book and the volume still retains the wonderful tipped-in original publisher’s advertisement for the work which indicates that these were limited editions stating: “As the edition is quite limited, orders will be filled as received, and all money forwarded after the edition is exhausted will be refunded.” – and that was 125 years ago! How much more rare is this title today? Whatever volumes of this title that did survive into the 20th and 21st centuries, were taken apart and the prints sold separately and so bound volumes are very, very scarce on the market.
All of the plates are bright and clean (the photos below do not do the prints justice), and as stated by the publisher were all printed, “using 5 to 9 colors” … “on heavy plate paper”.
The publication was copyrighted by, Brigadier General Samuel B. Holabird. General Samuel Beckley Holabird was born in Canaan Connecticut in June 1826 and was 34 years old when he entered the army as a Captain on May 13, 1861. He was assigned to the US Army Quartermaster’s Department. He had a long career in the US Army with active duty prior to the Civil War in 1849 and subsequent to the Civil War through June of 1890. On July 2, 1862, he was commissioned into US Volunteers Aide-De-Camp and was mustered out on May 31, 1866.
General Holabird’s Promotions: * Major 7/2/1862 (Major & Additional Aide-de-Camp)
* Lt Colonel 7/11/1862 (Lieut Colonel & Additional Aide-de-Camp)
* Major 3/13/1865 by Brevet
* Lt Colonel 3/13/1865 by Brevet
* Colonel 3/13/1865 by Brevet
* Brig-General 3/13/1865 by Brevet
* Lt Colonel 7/29/1866 (Lieut Colonel & Quartermaster)
General Holabird died on February 3, 1907 in Washington, D.C. This rare publication containing 89, richly colored plates (two of which serve as the frontispieces to the publication), was obviously one of General Holabird’s crowning achievements before he died in 1907.
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