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1960 LAKESIDE PRESS CLASSICS – Civil War – Hardtack & Coffee – John D. Billings

1960 LAKESIDE PRESS CLASSICS – Civil War – Hardtack & Coffee – John D. Billings

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1960 LAKESIDE PRESS CLASSICS – Civil War – Hardtack & Coffee – John D. Billings Click images to enlarge Description Up for auction we have a 1960 Christmas printing of the 1888 Civil War classic “Hardtack and Coffee: The Unwritten Story of Army Life” by John D. Billings.  Edited by Richard Harwell .  Hardcover, 410 pages.  Measures 6-7/8” tall by 4-3/8” wide.  Includes frontispiece of John D. Billings.  Illustrated by Charles Reed.   From Wikipedia –   Hard Tack and Coffee: The Unwritten Story of Army Life (1888) is a memoir by John D. Billings. Billings was a veteran of the 10th Massachusetts Volunteer Light Artillery Battery in the American Civil War.  Originally published in 1888, Hard Tack and Coffee quickly became a best seller, and is now considered one of the most important books written by a Civil War veteran.  The book is abundantly illustrated by the pen and ink drawings of Charles Reed, also a veteran, who served as bugler in the 9th Massachusetts Battery. Reed received the Medal of Honor for saving the life of his battery commander at Gettysburg.  Hard Tack and Coffee is not about battles, but rather about how the common Union soldiers of the Civil War lived in camp and on the march.  What would otherwise be a mundane subject is enlivened by Billings' humorous prose and Reed's superb drawings which are based on the sketches he kept in his journal during the war.   The book is noteworthy as it covers the details of regular soldier life, and as such has become a valuable resource for Civil War re-enactors.   The volume is divided into twenty-one chapters which treat the origins of the Civil War, enlisting, how soldiers were sheltered, life in tents, life in log huts, unlucky soldiers and shirkers ("Jonahs and Beats"), Army rations, offenses and punishments, a day in camp, raw recruits, special rations and boxes from home, foraging, corps and corps badges, some inventions and devices of the war, the army mule, hospitals and ambulances, clothing, breaking camp and marching, army wagon trains, road and bridge builders, and signal flags and torches.   Some of the information is specific to Billings' experiences as a Massachusetts volunteer artillery veteran.  However, much of it is very useful to anyone researching or simply reading about the ordinary soldier in the Union army. Reed's drawings add a great deal to the text.   Billings has been described as a skilful writer, both humorous and informative. The historian Henry Steele Commager called the work "one of the most entertaining of all civil war books".   Book is in very good condition showing light wear consistent with age, usage and storage.  Cover in very good condition with very light rubbing wear to the corners but does show bowing at the side edges.  No bookplate.  Pages in very condition, clean and complete with gilt along the top page edges, except for some soiling along the uneven page edges from handling and storage .  The book does have a slight musty smell from storage that may be relieved by airing.   Binding in excellent condition.    From Wikipedia –   “The Lakeside Classics is a series of books that was printed annually, at Christmas time, by RR Donnelley.  This tradition began in 1903 by Thomas E. Donnelley, who was then the company president. The basic format of these books remained essentially the same since inception, as a hardcover, cloth wrapped and gold embossed. Subject matter tended to cover elements of American history. Many early volumes contained speeches and writings of noted Americans, including Benjamin Franklin, whose autobiography was published as the first Lakeside Classic.   Lakeside Classics were not sold to the public and only made available to RR Donnelley employees, clients and others associated with the company.  The week before Christmas, each employee was given one copy of that year's volume. As such, some of the volumes have become scarce, and are in demand on the collectors' market. Antiquarian bookstores often have a section devoted to Lakeside Classics, and early volumes command large sums from book collectors.”   Please e-mail with any questions. Winning bidder to please add calculated shipping to the high bid. 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