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United States Army. Regulations for the Uniform & Dress of the Army of the United States. June 1851.
Philadelphia: William H. Horstmann & Sons, 1851.
Third edition. Folio (14 5/8 x 11 1/2 inches). 25 lithographic plates by P.S. Duval after G.C. Humphries (5 printed in colours, 6 hand-coloured). (Plate 4 with expert restoration to the upper corner). Original grey cloth, covers elaborately blocked in blind, the upper cover with the title lettered in gilt, neatly re-backed to style, recent endpapers. A rare colour-plate book recording the uniform and dress of the mid-19th century United States Army: the third edition published in the same year as the first. This work was published by William H. Hortsmann and Sons, "military furnishers" of Philadelphia: established in 1815, they were the country's leading military outfitters throughout the nineteenth century and well into the twentieth. The plates, drawn by G.C. Humphries, were presumably used by Hortsmann, in conjunction with the text, to explain to customers what they were entitled to wear; the official nature of the work being emphasised by the facsimile endorsements on each plate by the Adjutant General. The attractive plates are ably executed in lithography by P.S. Duval, one of the leading lithographic printers of the time. They consist of five chromolithographic images showing 19 full-length views of various ranks and regiments within the US Army; followed by 16 plates of details of uniforms (4 partially or completely hand-coloured); 2 plates of swords; and ending with coloured plates of "horse furniture." The text reprints the relevant regulations concerning the dress-code for officers and enlisted men, including members of the topographical engineers, dragoons, and cadets.

Colour plates in order:

1. Major (Adj General's Dept). Captain (Engineers). 1st Sergeant / Musician (Engineer Soldiers).
2. Colonel / Sergeant Major / Musician (Dragoons).
3. Captain / 1st Sergeant (Light Artillery). 1st Sergeant / Musician (Heavy Artillery).
4. Captain / 1st Sergeant / Musician (Infantry).
5. Captain / 1st Sergeant / Musician (Foot Riflemen). Colonel / Ordinance Sergeant (Ordinance Department).
6. Ornaments within Cresents of Epaulettes (Officers) designating Regiment or Corps.
7. Pompon of Officers and Enlisted Men.
8. As above.
9. Pompon of Enlisted Men of Ordnance.
10. Horse Furniture for Cavalry Corps.
11. Horse Furniture for General Officers of the General Staff, Staff Corps, and of Artillery, Infantry and Rifles.
Not in Bennett or McGrath; cf. Sabin 68957 (mentioning the 1st and 2nd editions only)
Hand coloured plates
Costume, Military, The Americas
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