The Battles of America by Sea and Land, by Robert Tomes and John Laird Wilson, 3 Volume Set, 1878

Tomes, Robert and John Laird Wilson. The Battles of America by Sea and Land. New York: Patterson & Neilson, 1878. Thick quarto three volume set, bound in 3/4 black leather with gilt titles and tooling. 

Presented is an early edition of Robert Tomes and John Laird Wilson’s The Battles of America by Sea and Land. This ambitious three volume work explores American conflicts from the Colonial and Revolutionary eras (Volume 1), the War of 1812 and the Mexican Campaigns (Volume 2),  and the Civil War (Volume 3). It also includes biographies of important naval and military commanders who shaped the conflicts, and ultimately the outcome, of our Nation. 

First published in book form from subscribers’ parts in 1861, this edition published by Patterson & Neilson in 1878 includes Robert Laird Wilson’s work on the Civil War as the third volume. This three volume series was also published concurrently in 1878 by James Virtue in New York. The third volume by Wilson was later published as The Pictorial History of the Great Civil War in 1881. 

The three volume set is illustrated with engraved frontispieces and many full-page engraved plates of naval and military scenes, maps, and portraits of commanders. Several of the engravings were from original designs by prominent 19th century artists like F.O.C. Darley and Alonzo Chappel. 


In very good condition. Thick quarto three volume set. ¾ black leather binding with raised bands and gilt titles and tooling to the spine. Large pictorial gilt title to front boards. Marbled top, bottom, and fore edge. Marbled paste down and free end papers. Some bumping to spines, but binding is tight. Profusely illustrated with steel engravings throughout. Clean and healthy paper. Vol 1. Colonial and Revolutionary, Vol 2. War of 1812 and Mexican Campaigns. Vol 3. The Great Civil War. 

Dimensions: 11 1/2"H x 9 1/4"W x 3"D (each volume).

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