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Sale 2517 Lot 36
(CIVIL WAR.) Canvassing sample book of The Military Souvenir, with signatures of Generals Scott, McClellan and Burnside. Engraved title page and 5 other engraved plates, 8 printed text leaves, and 15 printed subscription leaves, 6 of them completed in manuscript with a total of 43 names, addresses and orders. 4to, publisher's blind-stamped morocco gilt, worn; front hinge split, moderate foxing. New York: J.C.Buttre, 1863
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500
A partial copy of Frank J. Bramhall's "The Military Souvenir, a Portrait Gallery of our Military and Naval Heroes," produced for use by a canvasser to gather subscriptions prior to publication. The completed book had 75 engravings. This one has only a group portrait of Lincoln and his cabinet, and full-page portraits of Generals Scott, McClellan, Frémont, and Burnside. The industrious canvasser kept the fourth subscription leaf open for the principal generals, and managed to secure the signatures of Scott, McClellan, and Burnside in sequence. By 1863, Scott and McClellan had left active duty, though Burnside's signature may have been harder to obtain. Among the other notable signers were New York Governor Horatio Seymour, New York's adjutant general John Meredith Read Jr., and Senator Henry Wilson of Natick, MA (a future vice president). An interesting artifact of Civil War publishing history. Not listed in Zinman-Arbour, Canvassing Books.