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NOTES ON SPAIN AND THE SPANIARDS, IN THE SUMMER OF 1859, WITH A GLANCE AT SARDINIA. By a Carolinian (J.J.P.)
Charleston: Steam-Power Presses of Evans & Cogswell, 1861.. viii,430pp. Contemporary three-quarter calf and marbled boards, spine with raised bands, gilt morocco label. Boards edgeworn. Early discreet library stamps (properly deaccessioned), remnants of library pocket on rear pastedown. Author's name supplied in ink on titlepage, with two dates written in ink below the imprint. Scattered light foxing. Withal, still a very good copy in original binding. From an edition limited to 300 copies, printed "for private circulation." This is a rare, substantial, and interesting Confederate imprint, describing Pettigrew's travels in Spain and his impressions of the land and its people two years before the outbreak of the American Civil War, one of the very few travel narratives published in the Confederacy. James Johnston Pettigrew is best known for his service in the Confederate army, where he eventually reached the rank of brigadier general. Born in North Carolina in 1828, he entered the University of North Carolina at age fifteen, eventually studied law, and settled in Charleston, South Carolina to practice. At the outbreak of the war he was elected colonel of the 12th South Carolina and was commissioned a brigadier general in early 1862. He is most famous for his prominent part in the attack on the third day of Gettysburg (Pickett's Charge), in which he commanded one of the divisions that unsuccessfully assaulted the Union center. Having survived that charge, he was fatally wounded in a rear guard skirmish during Lee's retreat from Pennsylvania, and died on July 17, 1863. In his pre-war travels through Spain, Pettigrew was much impressed by the beauty of the country and by the sophistication of Spanish culture. On returning to America he felt the need to rectify the prevalent notion that the Spanish were ignorant, slothful, and filled with prejudice against non- Catholics. He privately published these extensive NOTES... for friends who had not had the opportunity to visit Spain. Rare on the market: we are unable to locate any copies having appeared at auction in at least the past thirty- five years. One of the most interesting books published in the Confederacy. PARRISH & WILLINGHAM 5713. THORNTON 10685. SMITH P65.
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