The Civil War: A Narrative

New York: Random House, 1958, 1964, 1974.


Hardcover. Three volumes. First editions of all three volumes. Volume One is fine in near fine dustwrapper with faint offsetting at the bottom of the jacket; Volume Two has an unobtrusive gift inscription else fine in near fine, slightly age-toned dustwrapper; Volume Three is fine in fine dustwrapper. A landmark history of the Civil War. Because the three volumes were published over a period of almost two decades the set has become increasingly difficult to find in both first editions and in reasonably uniform condition. A very nice set.

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Item #395739 The Civil War: A Narrative. Shelby FOOTE.

Shelby Foote
birth name: Shelby Foote
born: 11/17/1916
died: 6/27/2005

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Historian, novelist, and short-story writer known for his works treating the United States Civil War and the American South. - Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literaturemore

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In his youth Foote was a protege of William Faulkner's, and the latter's reluctance to sign books rubbed off on the younger author. We have heard more than one anecdote of Foote refusing to sign books for aquaintences (even "famous" acquaintences), generally making exceptions only for "friends." Consequently signed books are scarce, and collectors should be appropriately critical of the authenticity of his autograph in a trade edition, particularly if it is not part of an inscription to someone Foote knew well.more