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  • Vintage item from 1900 - 1909
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NOTE: This book has been sold but I keep it up so someone interested can find it (like you!) so that I can know to look for it specifically for them. Of course it won't be the same book but I am good at and love the hunt for books, and can likely find you another copy of that same edition or another beautiful edition of the same book. :) Don't ever hesitate to contact me on sold listings, that's why they are here!

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There is no other book like this one.

To understand the special quality of this book you have to understand both the author and the time period it is written in. The book seems really unassuming at first -- it came with plastic covered over it in a homemade sort of way, like someone had it in their home and knew it was valuable, wanted to preserve it as best they could with their own hands. Its cover is a dark forest green which I love, and all it says on the spine is "History of the Army of the Potomac" and "Stine." I had to know--I have a thing about mystery books, I'm eternally curious, I had to know who "Stine" was and what the army of the Potomac was all about. And I'm no military history buff.

Like I said, the inside is incredibly well preserved but what is most remarkable is the fact it is a directly descended book from the author who wrote it. The first signature is old and in pencil, says "Miss Mary Vera Waldman, April 23, 1906," and this year is overlined in red pen to make it stand out. In the same red pen, a beautifully scripted addition has been added just under the original signature, which says "given to Mary by Grandpa Stine. This author's Bro."

I loved that. I instantly laughed and loved the book, not for the excitement of its provenance but the fact that the signer said "bro." I was in for a treat, also, because on the next page he says it it multiple other times. Again it is signed further in on a blank page but this is a different signature - it is a dedication, that this gift is for Mary, and says "Miss Mary Vera Waldman, Morgan Creek, age 16, From Charles M. Stine. March 6 1906." Again the year is marked in red pen, so it can be seen more clearly.

You turn the page again and get a beautiful biographical photo of the author J. H. Stine, still protected by an aging wax sheet, the picture showing Stine's signature, and then on the side there is in blue pen: "Grandpa Stines Bro" with an arrow pointing to the picture. I died again, it was so funny the insistence by this grandchild to proudly announce his grandfather's connection to the book, and his own family's connection to the famous man.

I'll sum up the rest - one more time, on the title page where it says "History of the Army of the Potomac" by J. H. Stine, Historian of the First Army Corps." there is a dash, and it says in that blue script "Grandpa Stines Brother." Then on the other side is a small bit of math at the bottom, subtracting the year of publication (1893) from the year these "grandpa's bro" comments were inked (1976) and getting the result of the book being 83 years old by then. By now it is 123 years old. On the opposite page there is another signage to Mary Vera Waldman, From Grandpa Stine, 1906, just above where it says "DEDICATED TO THOSE WHO FELL TO SAVE THE UNION."

After all this, there are no more mentions of "bros" or inscriptions, but that should get you interested instantly as it did me, and if you keep on reading you won't be disappointed. Even those non-history-buffs could enjoy this book as I did because not only is it true and written by a studied, accomplished, famous historian--which takes a great deal of effort to become I might add--but it reads like an adventure tale. The fact it is true only adds to it, much like it does in the movies. At times you can't believe what is going on, that that really happened.

The Army of the Potomac is described as "the principal Union Army in the Eastern Theater of the American Civil War." It was founded in 1861 just after the First Battle of Bull Run, and was disbanded only once the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia surrendered in April 1865. The trials they encountered, the men they lost, the heroes they trained and who proved their strength and passion time and time again -- this could make up a great fiction story in itself, but it really happened, and J. H. Stine is the perfect person to tell it.

The chapters read as a list that follows each battle or time period of battles that the regiment of boy-and-men soldiers took part in, and their travels between the places and states where these battles took place. For example, Chapter One is entitled "First Bull Run," Chapter Four "From First to Second Bull Run," Chapter Nine "Fredericksburg," Chapter Eleven "From Fredericksburg to Frederick," and of course the arguably most exciting location of the Civil War, Chapter Twelve, "Gettysburg."

You feel as you read you are in the war, following along with them, and getting each and every detail you can-- just as it would be for a soldier. Every soldier would need every bit of intel in order to fight the good fight and be ready for anything to come their way. One chapter especially captures this, "Calvary Operations of the Army of the Potomac."

The book is also extremely rare for its inclusion of so many illustrations. The list of them is too long to even begin o list here. They are portraits of Generals, Colonels, Presidents, Captains, Lieutenants and Governors, all the important people featuring in this true story. And they are all as beautiful as old portraits tend to be -- showing something that could not be done today, or just isn't done today -- that style, that artistry and detail that is bypassed somehow by modern art and color today.

I encourage anyone interested in learning about something they don't know about our country, anyone interested in nonfiction that reads like fiction, anyone interested in adventure or history or the military or America, to pick up this book. It is almost priceless, especially considering it comes directly from the hands of the author and his brother, to Mary and handed down through generations.

This book is not only about history -- it is history.

And here's the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full title: History of the Army of the Potomac
-Author: J. H. Stine, "Historian of the First Army Corp."
-Format: Hardcover, second edition - signed and limited edition, first edition gift inscriptions and dates, described above.
-Condition: In addition to what is said above about the important personal signatures, the book is nearly mint. I would say absolutely perfect condition considering its age and wrapped in protective plastic.
-Publisher: Gibson Brothers Printing and Bookbinders
-Copyright: 1893, J. H. Stein
-Date published: 1893
-Provenance: I found this at a big barn in Connecticut which was selling historical books in a shed - pretty crazy! This was last month October 2016
-Pricing: I priced the book this way for a few reasons, the most obvious and important being it's signage and provenance, but also for its age and complete/impressive preservation, considering it is from 1893! Additionally, the book is cited on many online sites in digital form, showing its continued value and use in colleges and with scholars, but there are only two physical copies available, one a separate edition and the other of this edition unsigned and selling for much over this price I've chosen.
NOTE: This book has been sold but I keep it up so someone interested can find it (like you!) so that I can know to look for it specifically for them. Of course it won't be the same book but I am good at and love the hunt for books, and can likely find you another copy of that same edition or another beautiful edition of the same book. :) Don't ever hesitate to contact me on sold listings, that's why they are here!

---

There is no other book like this one.

To understand the special quality of this book you have to understand both the author and the time period it is written in. The book seems really unassuming at first -- it came with plastic covered over it in a homemade sort of way, like someone had it in their home and knew it was valuable, wanted to preserve it as best they could with their own hands. Its cover is a dark forest green which I love, and all it says on the spine is "History of the Army of the Potomac" and "Stine." I had to know--I have a thing about mystery books, I'm eternally curious, I had to know who "Stine" was and what the army of the Potomac was all about. And I'm no military history buff.

Like I said, the inside is incredibly well preserved but what is most remarkable is the fact it is a directly descended book from the author who wrote it. The first signature is old and in pencil, says "Miss Mary Vera Waldman, April 23, 1906," and this year is overlined in red pen to make it stand out. In the same red pen, a beautifully scripted addition has been added just under the original signature, which says "given to Mary by Grandpa Stine. This author's Bro."

I loved that. I instantly laughed and loved the book, not for the excitement of its provenance but the fact that the signer said "bro." I was in for a treat, also, because on the next page he says it it multiple other times. Again it is signed further in on a blank page but this is a different signature - it is a dedication, that this gift is for Mary, and says "Miss Mary Vera Waldman, Morgan Creek, age 16, From Charles M. Stine. March 6 1906." Again the year is marked in red pen, so it can be seen more clearly.

You turn the page again and get a beautiful biographical photo of the author J. H. Stine, still protected by an aging wax sheet, the picture showing Stine's signature, and then on the side there is in blue pen: "Grandpa Stines Bro" with an arrow pointing to the picture. I died again, it was so funny the insistence by this grandchild to proudly announce his grandfather's connection to the book, and his own family's connection to the famous man.

I'll sum up the rest - one more time, on the title page where it says "History of the Army of the Potomac" by J. H. Stine, Historian of the First Army Corps." there is a dash, and it says in that blue script "Grandpa Stines Brother." Then on the other side is a small bit of math at the bottom, subtracting the year of publication (1893) from the year these "grandpa's bro" comments were inked (1976) and getting the result of the book being 83 years old by then. By now it is 123 years old. On the opposite page there is another signage to Mary Vera Waldman, From Grandpa Stine, 1906, just above where it says "DEDICATED TO THOSE WHO FELL TO SAVE THE UNION."

After all this, there are no more mentions of "bros" or inscriptions, but that should get you interested instantly as it did me, and if you keep on reading you won't be disappointed. Even those non-history-buffs could enjoy this book as I did because not only is it true and written by a studied, accomplished, famous historian--which takes a great deal of effort to become I might add--but it reads like an adventure tale. The fact it is true only adds to it, much like it does in the movies. At times you can't believe what is going on, that that really happened.

The Army of the Potomac is described as "the principal Union Army in the Eastern Theater of the American Civil War." It was founded in 1861 just after the First Battle of Bull Run, and was disbanded only once the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia surrendered in April 1865. The trials they encountered, the men they lost, the heroes they trained and who proved their strength and passion time and time again -- this could make up a great fiction story in itself, but it really happened, and J. H. Stine is the perfect person to tell it.

The chapters read as a list that follows each battle or time period of battles that the regiment of boy-and-men soldiers took part in, and their travels between the places and states where these battles took place. For example, Chapter One is entitled "First Bull Run," Chapter Four "From First to Second Bull Run," Chapter Nine "Fredericksburg," Chapter Eleven "From Fredericksburg to Frederick," and of course the arguably most exciting location of the Civil War, Chapter Twelve, "Gettysburg."

You feel as you read you are in the war, following along with them, and getting each and every detail you can-- just as it would be for a soldier. Every soldier would need every bit of intel in order to fight the good fight and be ready for anything to come their way. One chapter especially captures this, "Calvary Operations of the Army of the Potomac."

The book is also extremely rare for its inclusion of so many illustrations. The list of them is too long to even begin o list here. They are portraits of Generals, Colonels, Presidents, Captains, Lieutenants and Governors, all the important people featuring in this true story. And they are all as beautiful as old portraits tend to be -- showing something that could not be done today, or just isn't done today -- that style, that artistry and detail that is bypassed somehow by modern art and color today.

I encourage anyone interested in learning about something they don't know about our country, anyone interested in nonfiction that reads like fiction, anyone interested in adventure or history or the military or America, to pick up this book. It is almost priceless, especially considering it comes directly from the hands of the author and his brother, to Mary and handed down through generations.

This book is not only about history -- it is history.

And here's the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full title: History of the Army of the Potomac
-Author: J. H. Stine, "Historian of the First Army Corp."
-Format: Hardcover, second edition - signed and limited edition, first edition gift inscriptions and dates, described above.
-Condition: In addition to what is said above about the important personal signatures, the book is nearly mint. I would say absolutely perfect condition considering its age and wrapped in protective plastic.
-Publisher: Gibson Brothers Printing and Bookbinders
-Copyright: 1893, J. H. Stein
-Date published: 1893
-Provenance: I found this at a big barn in Connecticut which was selling historical books in a shed - pretty crazy! This was last month October 2016
-Pricing: I priced the book this way for a few reasons, the most obvious and important being it's signage and provenance, but also for its age and complete/impressive preservation, considering it is from 1893! Additionally, the book is cited on many online sites in digital form, showing its continued value and use in colleges and with scholars, but there are only two physical copies available, one a separate edition and the other of this edition unsigned and selling for much over this price I've chosen.

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Absolutely! I'm willing to do anything to get this book to you, but I will not write on it. If it is not in the condition you want, I know preservation techniques and will certainly oblige as best I can. You just need to let me know.
I will wrap the book any way you want. It is special and so are you, you deserve it! I will also write cards, include photographs, anything you'd like that would make this transaction more, well, you.
I won't tell you how to care for your book, but as to how they are cared for now, they are housed in two places -- some are wrapped in plastic in my main room in the part of the house that used to be a quaint B&B, lined on lovely old wooden bookshelves; others are stacked in piles or leaning on cool, creative and different bookends all round the room, and all are given care, attention, and kept away from my dog :)

Others sit in my library, in built-in authentic 1800s wooden and glass-door library shelves that line the walls in a secluded room in a historic home on the shore. With vintage, warm lamplights over the tiny marble fireplace, the library's windows catch plenty of sunlight--the books are in good homes and will arrive undamaged.
If the book comes later than expected this does not mean it was sent late. Every book is sent within 1-3 business days, unless one of the days is a Sunday, then it could be an extra day. This applies to International orders as well, but they might take longer to get to you than in-country orders. If there is a problem, please bring it up with UPS or see Etsy's policies.
I am more than willing to hunt down a specific book for you. This can take time, however, and would be a matter of personal back-and-forth on the site so you would have to keep in contact. There is no guarantee. I'm good at finding things however, and if I cannot find it to sell to you myself I will direct you to where I can find it online, if I can.

Important to note, however, that I may have it in my holdings already so it ALWAYS helps to check in with me. Listings come up continually, and it may just be waiting here to get processed and put up.
Contact me directly via the site and I will do my absolute best to help correct it. There should be no problems.
Always willing to make new friends and take on new jobs or opportunities -- this business does not stop me from working a full or part time job, and I am currently looking, so please contact me! Dempseylynch@gmail.com. I am definitely interested in talking with you and love meeting new people (especially book lovers of course).
Sure! Although the books are priced the way they are and are worth that amount based on a lot of factors (condition compared to others available online, if there are any available online or if it is the only one, age and whether it is signed or special in some way, etc.) I am always willing to hear you out as to why you think the books price is off, and work with you as best I can. I cannot guarantee the price will change, that is bad for my business, but I will listen to you. Don't be afraid to reach out. The worst that can happen is I will say no.

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