1865. Item #76038
EDGE, Frederick Milnes. MAJOR GENERAL MCCLELLAN AND THE CAMPAIGN OF THE YORKTOWN PENINSULA. With a map of the peninsula drawn expressly for this work by James Wyld, geographer to the Queen. London: Trubner & Co., 1865. First edition. Octavo. iv,203 pp. Maroon cloth, gilt-stamped title to spine, brown coated endpapers. Pencil ownership of H. O. Marcy on t.p., and a bookplate at front pastedown. The fold-out map has some extra creases from careless folding but is whole. A few pages have some browning (probably caused by newspaper clippings that had been laid-in, though they are no longer present), otherwise the text is quite clean. Slight wear to cloth at heel and crown. Front hinge is cracked and the rear hinge is starting. Nonetheless, it is a sound reading copy. (Sabin 21846). The pencil ownership on the t.p. is signed "H. O. Marcy," most likely Henry Orlando Marcy (1837-1924), a surgeon in the Massachusetts militia during various campaigns of the Civil War, especially at the siege of Charleston. In the last year of the war he was appointed medical director of Florida. "His work was characterized by common sense, for he did much to prevent dysentery among the troops by supplying them with fresh and well-cooked food, and at Charleston, his house-to-house cleaning, with a force of five hundred men, made a sanitary city out of one that was pest-ridden." (D.A.B., vol. VI.) After the war, Marcy became the first American pupil of Joseph Lister, the founder of antiseptic surgery, and intoduced his method of antiseptic wound treatment to America. He published a great deal about hernia; however, his most important original contribution to American surgery was the development of animal sutures.