Monday, July 4, 2016

Books of Independence Day: A Selection


U.S. News & World Report, 200 Years: A Bicentennial History of the United States (1st ed. 1973). LOC 73-77836. Two-volume folio set in red cloth boards and leatherette bindings; Vol. 2’s spine is pretty faded compared to Vol. 1’s. Nice illustrated slipcase with one fold loose at the top rear. 702 pp. Very good condition. HBB Price: $35.

Coolidge, Calvin, Have Faith In Massachusetts (Houghton Mifflin/Riverside Press, 1919). Speeches by the then-new Governor, who later became the only American president born on the 4th of July. A must-have for enthusiasts of  Silent Cal’s minimalist government views (National Review anointed then to-be and not yet former Senator Scott Brown the New Coolidge). Deaccessioned from the Zephyrhills, FL public library. No dust jacket but otherwise very good condition. Duodecimo, 275 pp. HBB price: $35.

Roberts, Kenneth, The Battle of Cowpens: The Great Morale-Builder (Doubleday, stated 1st ed., 1958).

This essay was the last work of the noted New England journalist, novelist and Revolutionary War-era historian (1885-1957). Awarded a special Pulitzer Prize in history for his contributions to the discipline, Roberts was a longtime correspondent for The Saturday Evening Post who was the first American to cover Hitler’s abortive 1923 coup attempt in Germany.

In this book Roberts considers how the one-hour battle, just three months after Kings Mountain, turned the corner in the American Revolution and made inevitable Cornwallis’ surrender at Yorktown. His publisher, Herbert Faulkner West, wrote in the preface, “I am proud to be the publisher of a small limited edition of his last piece of historical writing, characterized as usual by a slight air of belligerency hovering over it.”

Octavo, 111 pp, with a nine-page appendix of Robert's’ collected works. Hardcover, unclipped dust jacket, very good condition. Rare. HBB price: $85.

Draper, Lyman C., Kings Mountain and Its Heroes: History of the Battle of Kings Mountain, October 7, 1780, And The Events Which Led To It (1881; reprint by The Overmountain Press, 1st printing, 1996). ISBN 1-57072-060-6. Hardcover, no dust jacket. Octavo, 612 pp. with index. Facsimile of the original. Green boards with gilt titling and reproduction of cover art. Very good condition. HBB price: $60.



Draper, Lyman C., Kings Mountain and Its Heroes: History of the Battle of Kings Mountain, October 7, 1780, And The Events Which Led To It (1881; reprint by Genealogical Publishing Co., 1971). ISBN 0-8063-0097-3. Hardcover, no dust jacket. Octavo, 612 pp. with index. Facsimile of the original. Foxing along the text block edges. HBB price: $35.

Dunkerly, Robert M., Kings Mountain Walking Tour Guide (Dorrance Publishing Co., stated first printing, 2003). ISBN 0-8059-6117-8. Paperback, 43 pp. Very good condition. Autographed on the title page by the author, a Kings Mountain National Military Park ranger. Contained two longhand emendations at p. 38, which deals with the treatment of British loyalists: "hung" has been changed to "hanged" twice. In 2007, Dunkerly published a book of eyewitness accounts of the battle. HBB price: $10.

Edgar, Walter, Partisans & Redcoats: The Southern Conflict That Turned The Tide of The American Revolution (William Morrow, 1st ed, 1st printing, 2001). ISBN 0-380-97760-5. The prominent South Carolina historian’s account of the British invasion of the Carolinas, and how it led to their defeat. Edgar is a fine writer. Hardcover, unclipped dust jacket, mylar cover, octavo, 198 pp. very good condition. HBB price: $30.

Ward, Christopher L., The War of the Revolution (John Richard Alden ed., Macmillan, 1st ed, 1952). 2 vols, slipcased, 989 pp. Octavo, hardcover, no dust jackets; blue buckram boards, with some darkening of the spines. Tight, square binding, very good clean text blocks. Slipcased, in good condition.

Ward (1868-1943) was a Delaware lawyer who wrote much of the state's landmark 1899 corporations law, then- after it became a haven for businesses to form there- cofounded Corporation Service Company. CSC remains a giant in the of managing Delaware corporate registration and reporting services.

Wealthy, Ward devoted himself to writing producing over two dozen books in the 1920s and '30s. His work ranged from poetry to literary parody. parody to Delaware history to his great work, the fifth edition of Delaware Corporations and Receiverships (1932).

The War of the Revolution was Ward's last and most significant work and remains a frequently-consulted set. At the Mises Institute website in 2007, Murray Rothbard called it "the best-detailed history of the military conflict." HBB price: $50.


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