New York (1958 - 63 - 74): Random House. First Edition. Hard Cover with Dust Jacket. Fine / About Fine. Item #09116
First printings, all in first issue dust jackets. An ASSOCIATION COPY; Journalist and author Van Allen Bradley's copy, with his review on the rear panel of volume two dust jacket, with publisher's review slip and a form letter from the publisher stating: "Recently, Bennett Cerf asked Shelby Foote if he would care to undertake the project and discovered that precisely such a book had been Shelby's dream child for twenty years; that ever since boyhood he had been planning it and collecting material. The result of their meeting will be a A SHORT HISTORY OF THE CIVIL WAR running to about 200,000 words and scheduled for publication sometime in 1956. Random House believes it will be a highspot, first in its Lifetime Library series and, some years later, in the Modern Library." With "Van Allen Bradley's copy" written in pencil in upper margin. Three volumes: volume I, Ft. Sumter to Perryville, with "11/58" on rear flap of dust jacket and price of $10.00 on the front flap; volume II, Fredricksburg to Meridian, with date of "11/63" on front flap of dust jacket and price of $12.50; volume III, Red River to Appomattox, with date of "11/74" on rear flap of dust jacket and price of $20.00 on front flap. An exceptional set, internally clean and bright, with no markings of any kind; dust jackets are so near to fine. Shelby Dade Foote, Jr. (1916-2005). This set of 3 volumes was issued over a 16 year period and was well-received and much respected by Civil War buffs. Interest in this work zoomed to the stratosphere, when in 1990, Ken Burns' eleven hour documentary was shown on PBS of "The Civil War."