Hartford: S. S. Scranton and Company, 1866. 8vo. 48 sample pages; 4 page Testimonials; 1 page "Names of Women" (see below); 1 double-page printed synopsis; 13 lined sheets for entering subscribers names (with others at end torn out). Engraved frontispiece titled "Before the Battle" with tissue guard, 5 engraved portraits and two plates. Publisher's green cloth, blocked in blind, gilt-lettered on the front cover, a sample of the spine with gilt-lettering mounted on the front pastedown. Front joint split but the binding sound, some foxing and browning internally, but a fine copy of a scarce survival. Item #409744
"It is the object of this book to gather and present narratives of the services in the war of some of the women who shared its perils, and ought to inherit its glories. Their experiences are varied, and include both sufferings and adventures, the narration of which cannot fail to warm the heart and excite admiration wherever they are read. They may be taken as representatives of the thousand others whose good deeds are a crown to the national glory" (introduction).
The text includes the introduction, and sample portions (with their printed portraits) on Fanny Ricketts, Mary Morris Husband, Kady Brownell, Georgina Willets, and Mrs. Byckerdyke. The two plates are titled "Leaving the Hospital Tents for the Battle Field" and "The Mothers Sacrifice." And end is an inserted page printing "Names of Women Whose Services and Sacrifices are Narrated in the Volume Entitled 'Women of the War'". Following this is a double-page synopsis of the book and the particulars about the edition, and printed sheets for subscribers, with 15 names entered in pen or pencil, from Norwalk and Harwinton, Connecticut. Six more names are written in pencil on the rear free endpaper. The published book ? with a more elaborate gilt design on the front cover ? ran to 596 and the thickness of the sample spine reflects such heft. Broadfoot 400; Nevins II 22; Sabin 50371.