New York: Alvord, 1863. First State. Original Wrappers. FIRST PUBLISHED MAP AND SEPARATE ACCOUNT OF THE BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG – ONE OF THE AMERICAN TREASURES OF THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
1863 First state
SKETCH OF THE BATTLES OF GETTYSBURG, JULY 1ST, 2D, AND 3D, 1863: WITH AN ACCOUNT OF THE MOVEMENTS OF THE RESPECTIVE ARMIES FOR SOME DAYS PREVIOUS THERETO. COMPILED FROM THE PERSONAL OBSERVATION OF EYE-WITNESSES OF THE SEVERAL BATTLES. ACCOMPANIED BY AN EXPLANATORY MAP.
NY: Alvord, 1863. Pp.  [5-]6-24, color lithographed map. Map sheet measures 22.75” x 16.5”, titled Field of Gettysburg July 1st. 2nd. & 3rd. 1863. Prepared by T. Ditterline. Drawn by T. Ditterline, Entered according to act of Congress in the year 1863 by T. Ditterline in the Clerk's Office of the Dist. Court of the East Dist. of Pa. P.S. Duval & Son Lith. Philda. Scale.
Original black wraps professionally restored, but with light spotting, text has some stains, general wear, and some chips and rough edges. Map pasted at one corner to first leaf of pamphlet printing text of a letter dated 23 October 1863 attesting to the accuracy of the map.
Map has professional reinforcing on folds but is bright and very good. The text of the pamphlet condenses personal observations from several witnesses to the battle, giving troop positions and movements over the course of the three days, as well as prominent engagements, and characters of the various officers in command. The first edition with the first issue of the map; the map was later redrawn, almost identically, by Julius Bien of New York. Other than newspaper accounts, this is the first printed account of the battle. The distinctive oval map illustrates the primary features of the course of the battle over several days, indicating strategies, victories, losses, and locations around Gettysburg including residences. The Library of Congress website features this map in several places, e.g., With Malice Toward None - the Lincoln bicentennial exhibit in 2009, American Treasures, and Civil War Maps. Fair. Item #433
Price (USD): $9,500.00