"The Civil War defined us as what we are and it opened us to being what we became, good and bad things... It was the crossroads of our being, and it was a hell of a crossroads": First Editions of Shelby Footes Classic Civil War Trilogy; Each Signed by Him
The Civil War: A Narrative: Fort Sumter to Perryville; Fredericksburg to Meridian; Red River to Appomattox.
Item Number: 43086
New York: Random House, 1958-74.
First editions of the author’s authoritative text on The Civil War. Octavo, 3 volumes, cartographic endpapers. All three volumes are signed by Shelby Foote on the half-title page. Each are fine in near fine dust jackets with a touch of rubbing. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Complete sets of the first printings of the Civil War signed by Foote are scarce.
"Shelby Foote remained relatively unknown before his role in Ken Burns [documentary film] The Civil War made him a cultural icon. Since that event, Foote has become widely viewed as an authority on the Civil War, and more generally, as a representative of an era and region whose place continues to be central to our countrys understanding of itself" (University of Mississippi). "His mission was to tell what he considered Americas biggest story as a vast, finely detailed, deeply human narrative A model of what military history can be" (New York Times). Named by Modern Library as one of the 100 best non-fiction books of the twentieth century.