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Coffin, Charles Carleton

Published by M.A. Donohue & Company, Chicago, 1887
Condition: Good Hardcover
From H. W. Gumaer, Bookseller (Canandaigua, NY, U.S.A.)

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Coffin was a highly-respected Civil War journalist who reported from the battlefront from the start of the war to its end. A New Hampshire native, home-schooled and self-taught, and a staunch abolitionist, Coffin reported on many of the Civil War's great battles from the Union side, though his reporting was noted for its impartiality. He wrote "My Days and Nights" in 1864 (it was first published in 1865) as a book to provide younger readers with an explanation for the War. The introduction is "To the Youth of the United States," and the first chapter titled, "How the Rebellion Came About." However, those same youth served in both armies and Coffin addresses them as adults. Published today it would probably be considered adult material. The book was reprinted by many publishers; this copy is from an 1887 edition, a First Edition Thus, probably a First Printing. About 5 1/4 x 7 3/4 inches, 312 pages in blue-grey cloth-covered boards with a pictorial design on front cover and spine in red,white and blue with white lettering. Includes frontispiece and several other black & white illustrations as well as battlefield maps and diagrams and a glossary of military terms. Boards and spine show light wear and minor soiling and staining; lettering and pictorial decoration of Union soldier on horse with flag has retained its clear lines and bright colors. Interior and exterior hinges intact, binding firm. Text edges are soiled with some foxing and fep, title page and illustrations show age-toning. Previous owner's signature on fep. Frontispiece and title page show small damp stains at edges and corners. Remainder of text is clean, complete and unmarked, no tears, no chipping or crreasing. Sorry, no dustjacket. Overall, a very decent example of the work of a writer and journalist who has been called the "Ernie Pyle" of the Civil War. Bookseller Inventory # 005533

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Publisher: M.A. Donohue & Company, Chicago

Publication Date: 1887

Binding: Decorative Cloth

Book Condition:Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

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