March 26, 2008

Carman Book Now Available

My copy of Ezra Carman's legendary Maryland Campaign of September 1862 arrived today direct from the publisher. This is a big book. It runs over 500 pages of fairly small font and has an 8 1/2" x 11" trim size - all of which was obviously necessary to accommodate what editor Joseph Pierro says in his Acknowledgements was a 400,000 word project. It's also fashioned after the McFarland books in that it features illustrated boards rather than a cloth binding with dust jacket.

As previously discussed here and elsewhere, there are no maps. Other than a portrait of Brevet Brigadier General Ezra A. Carman on the frontispiece, there are no illustrations either. At $95 per copy, this one is definitely targeted at the library market. Still, I can't wait to dig in.

FURTHER UPDATE: Kim Guinta of Routledge Press reports that the first printing was only 500 copies but that they will reprint as necessary. First edition collectors take note.

2 comments:

Phil LeDuc said...

And I see that Amazon.com is now offering it at $76.00 - 20% off the $95.00 list price.

Paul Taylor said...

Thanks Phil for pointing that out. Joe Pierro notified me as well. It does take some of the sting out for potential buyers.