[HISTORIES]. LOMBARD, Albert. The “High Private” with a Full and Exciting History of the New York Volunteers, Illustrated with Facts, Incidents, Anecdotes, Engravings, &c. &c. Including the Mysteries and Miseries of the Mexican War. In Three Parts—Part First. To which Will Be Appended the Constitution and By-Laws of the Guerrillas, Banditti, &c., Found on the Priest Juarata. By “Corporal of the Guard.” New York: Printed for the Publishers, and for Sale by All Booksellers throughout the United States, 1848. [1-7] 8-60 pp. 8vo (20 x 12 cm.), original yellow pictorial wrappers. Lacks portion of upper and lower wrappers and spine, but neatly repaired with matching paper. Slight marginal wear and browning, pp. 25/26 with closed tear, untrimmed. Overall very good.
First edition (no more published). Connor & Faulk 621: “A popular contemporary work.” Garrett & Goodwin, p. 175. Haferkorn, p. 45. Howes L437. Tutorow 3526.
The wrapper gives the price as 12½ cents. A publication written from the common soldier’s point of view with extensive complaining about the mistreatment they received from officers and in general. The image of General Scott on p.  and the accompanying commentary on it sum up the author’s attitude. He points out that Scott is shown dressed pretty much as an ordinary soldier, because even officers had no desire to be shot and so dressed down to blend in during battle. This first part follows the regiment on its miserable journey from its recruitment to its landing at Tampico.
Sold. Hammer: $600.00; Price Realized: $735.00.