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harpers pictorial history of the civil war the fairfax press...

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harper's pictorial history of the civil war the fairfax press... alfred h. guernsey and henry m. alden may 1866 crown publishers inc
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Diane in PA replied 6 years ago.

Collection Selecti&# :

Hello, and welcome to Just Answer! My name is Diane. I hope I will be able to help you discover more about your antique book today.

Please don't take this personally but are you 100% sure it is "Crown" publishers and not "The Fairfax Press" ?

What is the "sub-title"? Meaning, what is written UNDERneath the title on the title page?

Is this Vol. 1 or Vol. 2 ?


Description of cover?

Number of pages?

This will help me in giving you a value. Thank you. - Diane

Customer :

15 1/4 11 1/4 cover cloth on cardboard (navy) blue w/ the farfax presss emblem in gold on the right corner 836 pages doesnt say the vol.

Customer :

it says both farfax and crown on the inside it says crown on the frount it says farfax

Collection Selecti&# :

OK, thank you. Let me see what I can find out for you.

Collection Selecti&# :

Are you SURE this was published in 1866? Does the book look like it is old enough to be Civil-war era? I don't know if they really were into making books of that size back then. Sounds like a "coffee table book". And with the two publishers (Crown and Fairfax), I'm confused. Fairfax published this same title in 1977, 1986, and 1987.

Chicago: Star Publishing Company published 2 volumes in 1894.

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Then, if you read this seller's description, you'll see 1) he is confused about his own book and cannot even give a proper description and 2) is asking more money than ANY other seller of this book - ($500.00). 3) And he says his is LEATHER covers and comes in 2 volumes 4) he "assumes" it was published in 1866.

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Then, the other "oversized coffee table books" published by Random House 1987 have dust jackets and sell online for $1.00:


So please let me know if Are you you think this was published in 1866 and if you really think the book looks old enough to be Civil-war era.