Miller, Francis Trevelyan (editor). The Photographic History of the Civil War in Ten Volumes. New York: The Review of Reviews Co., 1911. First Edition. Quarto, ten volume set, in original blue cloth gilt bindings. Housed in two custom slipcases.
This is an important 10-volume photographic history of the Civil War, edited by Francis Trevelyan Miller. Published in 1911, the 50 year anniversary of the start of the Civil War, this expansive set contains “thousands of scenes photographed 1861-65, with text by many special authorities.”
This mammoth work contains written contributions from over 39 academics, writers, veteran officers of both Confederate and Union forces, and President William H. Taft. A number of the photographs are from the collections of private individuals, as well as the extensive Eldridge Collection of Mathew Brady Civil War photographs, “easily five times larger than that of any contemporary” (Everitt).
The American Civil War is considered the first major conflict to be extensively photographed. During the course of the Civil War, more than 3,000 individual photographers made war-related images. From Southerners' first pictures of Fort Sumter in April 1861 to Alexander Gardner's images of Richmond's ruined cityscape in April 1865, photographers covered nearly every major theater of military operations. They documented battlefields, soldiers' activities and movements, and the destructive effects the conflict had on civilians. For the first time in history, citizens on the home front could view the actual carnage of far away battlefields. Civil War photographs stripped away much of the Victorian-era romance around warfare.
Francis Trevelyan Miller was an American writer and filmmaker. He is known for his books about exploration, travel, and photography. Notable works from him include several books about the American Civil War. He has also made several feature films and wrote the screenplay for the 1919 film "Deliverance" about Helen Keller.
This first edition complete ten-volume set is bound in original publisher's blue cloth, featuring a stamped flag design on the front boards and gilt titling. The set is profusely illustrated with photographic plates and frontispieces. Each volume features color title pages. Volume 9 shows an antique stamp adhered to the primary page.
This 10 volume set shows well externally with light rubbing to the boards and mild edgewear. The interior pages and plates are clean, with light age toning. The ten volumes have been housed in a pair of two new custom matching slipcases, with photographic inlays of Grant and Sherman on the fronts.