Durham. W. Duke,Sons and Company. C. 1885. Publication precedes J. B. Duke's founding of the American Tobacco Company in 1890. The First Edition-this album being a compilation of images which appeared individually as cigarette cards, issued by Duke and Sons. Brief biographical sketches of an Admiral and 49 Generals ( North and South) with accompanying richly printed Chromolithographic portrait,imprinted two per page. 4 additional full page Chromolithographs depicting ; Monitor and Merrimac Battle, The Commanders (Grant and Lee), Battle of Gettysburg and The Battle of Manassas ( 2nd Bull Run). Oblong 4to. 10.5"x6.75". Bound in half cloth and Chromolithographic pictorial flexible boards.
Subjects detail Union and Confederate Commanders including:
Grant, Lee, Sherman, Hancock, Johnstone,Farragut, Butler, Semmes, Logan, Forrest, Sheridan, Pickett, Magruder, Rosecrans, McDowell, Breckinridge, McClellan, Buell, Hardee, Johnston, Longstreet, Burnside, Howard, Morgan, Halleck, Hampton, Bragg, Garfield, Smith, Sedgewick, Stewart, Hill, Lyon, Price, Porter, Pemnerton, Bueregarde, Sigel, Polk, Scott, Gordon, Foot, Ewell, Meade, Hood, Gilmore, Early, Hooker, Banks and Jackson.
Mild, sporadic staining to covers, with crease to bottom corner of front cover. Rear cover presents light chipping to edges with a 1"x1.5" piece of the bottom corner lacking. Chromolithographs are remarkably well preserved, still retaining their jaw-dropping deep luminescence. A bright, crisp copy.