First Edition of Stars in Their Courses: The Gettysburg Campaign; Inscribed by Shelby Foote
Stars in Their Courses: The Gettysburg Campaign, June-July 1863.
Item Number: 5473
New York: Random House/ Modern Library, 1994.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author opposite the half title page to friend Bill Starr, “For Bill from Shelby Foote Memphis 24 June 95.” Bill Starr was the author of several books, a prize-winning journalist and friend of Shelby Foote. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Review slip laid in.
Shelby Foote, who cut such a courtly figure in the PBS series The Civil War, is an uncommonly graceful writer as well, and this careful study of the 1863 Gettysburg campaign assumes the contours of a classical tragedy. Foote positions readers on the field of battle itself, among swirling smoke and clattering grapeshot, and invites us to feel for ourselves its hellishness: "men on both sides were hollering as they milled about and fired, some cursing, others praying ... not a commingling of shouts and yells but rather like a vast mournful roar."