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Pingenot Auction, Lot 113

113. FREMANTLE, Lieut.-Col. [Arthur J.]. Three Months in the Southern States, April-June 1863. Edinburgh & London: William Blackwood & Sons, 1863. x, 316, 20 (ads) pp., 6 portraits engraved from photographs. 12mo, original blue pebbled cloth, spine gilt lettered and ruled. A bit shelf slanted and spine slightly darkened, upper hinge neatly strengthened, mild to moderate foxing to first and last signatures. Engraved armorial bookplate of Cuthbert Burnup. Uncommon.
        First edition (editions followed in New York and Mobile the following year). Coulter, Travels in the Confederate States 175: "Coming to American in 1863 to observe the Civil War, he landed at Brownsville, Texas, and leisurely crossed the state, passing through San Antonio, Houston, Galveston, Houston against and into Louisiana by way of Shreveport.... He was much impressed by what he saw in Texas, as shown by the large amount of attention he gave the Texans in his book. He had great admiration for the Confederate soldiers and spoke with respect of the Confederate leaders whom he met, such s Lee, Joseph E. Johnston, Brag, Beauregard, Ewell, Longstreet, and others. He observed not only the military situation, but was also impressed by the patriotism of the masses, especially the women.... This is a well-considered, reliable account of what an observant and intelligent Englishman saw during a three-months journey from one end of the Confederacy to the other." Eberstadt 123:74 (citing the edition printed at Mobile in 1864): "One of the esteemed narratives of travel in the South during the war. Fremantle arrived in Texas from England, and journeyed through Texas & the Trans-Mississippi region." Confederate Hundred 33; In Tall Cotton 64. Nevins, Civil War Books 191: "Fully deserving of its reputation as the best commentary on the wartime South by an English visitor." Howes F361.
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200-400)