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Pingenot Auction, Lot 77

77. COOKE, Philip St. George. Scenes and Adventures in the Army. Philadelphia: Lindsay and Blakiston, 1859. 432 pp. Small 8vo, original green cloth with gilt title on spine. Minor wear but fine for this book. The Littell copy with his bookplate. Laid in is an autograph letter, signed, from Cooke dated Belmead, Jan. 30, 1860.
         Second edition. Pingenot: This issue gives the author’s rank as colonel, but from the same plates and otherwise identical to the 1857 printing. Cooke’s letter, dated Belmead, Jan. 30, 1860, is addressed to Gov. John Letcher of Virginia. Cooke accepts a state appointment on a commission authorized by the "Armory bill" because "a sense of duty to the State prompts me to accept." A remarkable letter because within a year Cooke would refuse a generalship in the Army of Northern Virginia and become, instead, a Union general.
($250-500)