Very Good. Item #7221
New York: Thomas Yoseloff, 1959. No. 40 of a limited issue of 60 in this format. Facsimile reprint edition, with doubled title-page, of volume first published 1890 by the Quartermaster General of the United States "under Authority of the Secretary of War." Large folio (43x35cm); 51pp + 44 full-page full-color watercolor reproductions, each printed solely on the obverse of a leaf, thus totaling 139pp.
Cloth-covered slipcase in deep bordeaux. Volume in oasis leather in the same deep bordeaux; raised spine bands with gilt lettering and rules on spine, gilt rules on front panel; gilt rules on panel turn-ins; marbled endpapers. Gilt top edge of textblock.
A Rip Van Winkle find: volume is "new" though aged: never previously sold, never consulted. Slipcase very solid, but showing the traces of a faint spattering of liquid near the opening, apparently having occurred during storage (see photos). The slipcase did its job, however: the volume is pristine. Textblock in heavy cream wove paper unmarred and unmarked. Painting colors as new.
Ogden's paintings depict uniforms from 1776 to 1907, showing a surprising variety of cut and trimmings influencing the U.S. Army, from Davy Crockett to Hessians to echoes of the French Foreign Legion. World War I would change all that.