NEW YORK – America’s foremost historians recount the American Civil War in a large collection of books on the subject that will be sold Wednesday, May 9, by Jasper52. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
The American Civil War: 365 Days by Margaret E. Wagner presents a history of America’s epochal conflict features more than 500 items drawn from the collections of the Library of Congress, including Mathew Brady’s iconic photographs; period drawings, lithographs and woodcuts.
Blue and Gray: A Graphic History of the Army of the Potomac and That of Northern Virginia … by the Rev. Theodore Gerrish and the Rev. John Hutchinson contains an introduction by Gen. Fitzhugh Lee, nephew of Gen. Robert E. Lee. This 816-page volume has an 1883 copyright.
He Knew Lincoln by Ida M. Tarbell, who has been described as “one of the original muckrakers” for her History of the Standard Oil Company, is a historical fictionalized account of Abraham Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois. This first edition, published in 1907, is in fair condition.
Why Was Lincoln Murdered? was written by Otto Eisenschiml, said to be the first outsider to get access to the secret War Department files on the case. This 1937 book broke important ground and its thesis still stands today, although some of the details have been disputed. The controversial book proposed that a senior member of Lincoln’s cabinet orchestrated the plot to kill the president.
Gettysburg, by Earl Schenck Miers & Richard A. Brown, tells the story of the three fateful days of the pivotal battle in the words of the men and women who lived it.
Earl Schenck Miers, who wrote over 100 published books, mostly about the history of the Civil War, coauthored Tragic Years 1860-1865 with Paul M. Angle. Their two-volume history of the American Civil War was published in 1960.
All 200 lots in the Jasper52 auction have $25-$50 estimates.
The auction will be conducted online on Wednesday, May 9, beginning at 7 p.m.