Taylor and his Generals. New York: E.H. Butler & Co., 1847. First Edition. Rebound in quarter leather and marble paper boards. Housed in custom slipcase.
Presented is the 1847 first edition of Taylor and His Generals. Written and published before Zachary Taylor ran for the Presidency, this book would have been a powerful propaganda tool for the soon-to-be 12th President of the United States. Published by E.H. Butler & Company, the book has numerous portraits and engravings throughout. It has been beautifully rebound in quarter leather and marble paper boards. The spine has gilt embossed decoration stating that it’s a first edition. The book is housed in a custom-built archival slipcase with a photo of Taylor on the front.
Taylor fought and commanded troops in the War of 1812, Black Hawk War, and the Second of the Seminole Wars before playing a major role in the victory of the Mexican-American War. The book takes the reader through the early life of Taylor and his military career with a particular focus on his surprising victory at the Battle of Buena Vista. Generals Worth, Wool, and Twiggs that served under Taylor and Major-General Scott each get a chapter dedicated to their own history and military careers
The Battle of Buena Vista took place in February of 1847 during the Mexican-American War. With only about 5,000 soldiers, Taylor repelled General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna’s attack of nearly 14,000 soldiers. Afterwards, the press hailed Taylor as a great American War hero to be likened to General Washington. The military reputation Taylor earned during the Mexican-American War and the biography written in this book helped elect Taylor to the presidency.
Overall good condition, especially considering age and use. Some stains and foxing throughout pages are visible. The portrait pages are somewhat discolored, but all words and illustrations are clearly legible. The book has been beautifully rebound with quarter leather and marble paper boards. The spine features the gilt embossed title and labels it as a first edition, with raised bands and hand-tooled motifs. Included with the book is an archival, custom-built brown cloth slipcase with a photo of Taylor on the front.
Dimensions: 8” H x 5” W x 1 ½” D (with slipcase)