Ludington, M. I. Uniform of the Army of the United States Illustrated from 1774 to 1889. Washington DC: Quartermaster General, 1900. Second Edition. Rebound and housed in archival slipcase.
Presented is a second edition of Uniform of the Army of the United States which was “authorized by the Secretary of War and prepared under the supervision of the Quartermaster General by Lieut. Colonel M. I. Ludington” and was published by the Quartermaster General. This second edition was published in 1900 and includes chromolithographs by Henry Alexander Ogden. The book has been beautifully rebound to resemble the original. A fragment from the original boards that include the gilt embossed title have been professionally included in the new leather boards. The book is housed in a protective archival slipcase featuring an inlaid reproduction lithograph of soldiers.
The artist, Henry Alexander Ogden, was an American Illustrator with a passion for early American history. That passion led Ogden to embark on the largest project of his career. He set out to record and illustrate all of the U.S. military uniforms from 1890 to 1907. Not long after Ogden began, the Quartermaster General of the Army approached him and requested he expand his project to include all uniforms since the founding of the nation, leading to this publications of uniforms from 1774 to 1889. Ogden agreed and eventually published all of his popular illustrations in multiple sections. Each print always featured five different ranks, and therefore five different uniforms.
Overall good condition. The book has been professionally rebound in full leather to mimic the original binding. A portion of the original board featuring the gilt embossed title has been included in the new binding. Internally, the lithograph pages are toned with occasional light foxing from age. Some old adhesive tape residue scattered throughout pages and some occasional handwriting is present including the name of a previous owner on the title page. The last three lithographs have been inserted from another edition but are bound tightly with the rest of the pages. The book is now housed in a custom built archival slipcase featuring a reproduction chromolithograph of uniformed soldiers.
Dimensions (with slipcase): 17 ¼” H x 16” W x 2 ½” D
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