1928 Hard Cover Book "Gold Star Album" Authored & Signed Charles Blumenthal WWI
Description: This is a first edition copy of a book titled "Gold Star Album" authored by Charles Blumenthal. The book is distributed by Republic Memorial Publishing. The book was published by Charles Blumenthal in 1928 and printed by Roger of New York, NY. This copy of the book was presented to Mr. Herman T. Kaufman by Charles Blumenthal and is inscribed "Philadelphia, November 6. 1930; to Mr. Herman T Kaufman; with sincere personal regards; The author; Charles Blumenthal" with Mr. Blumenthal signature. The book is 829 glossy pages with gold edges. The book describes itself on the front page as "GOLD STAR ALBUM AN ALSACE-LORRAINE MEMORIAL DEDICATED TO THE MOTHERS OF THE AMERICAN SOLDIERS WHO FOUGHT AND DIED ON THE SOILL OF FRANCE". It is full of photos, maps, illustrations, and figures representing the first world war in the Alsace-Lorraine France in the period 1917-1918. It has names of soldiers, Divisions information as well as Battalion information from the various services, and images of some of the principals including President Woodrow Wilson and a copy of the declaration of war. The book is in a large format with hard cover having tooled leather with gold inscription on the front and spine. The pages are heavy glossy paper and are clean. A must have for the student of World War I. Please carefully review photos as they are part and parcel of our description.
Additional Information about This Book: This is a large format hard cover book with 829 pages. With pp. 51-144 are division histories, list of operations, maps; followed by pp. 147-558 are reproductions of (over 400) black & white WWI photos: "The war pictures in this Album are Official Government Photographs, carefully selected from the files of the United States Signal Corps, and constitute a faithful reproduction of actual war conditions." Pp. 559-816 is the Honor Roll of those killed, with dates, followed by an index. Dark brown, leather-grain, textured cloth with embossed & gilt titles on spine & front cover, color pictorial endpapers, all edges gilt. "The short history tells what the American soldiers did in France. Histories of the divisions of the A. E. F. that saw active service in France were compiled from the War Department records with the advice and assistance of the Historical Section of the Army War College. An honor list of those who fell in action in Alsace-Lorraine was compiled from the official casualty records. Over four hundred carefully selected war pictures were obtained from the United States Signal Corps. [-] I trust that this work may serve in this and in many other ways to recognize the debt to America of Alsace-Lorraine and its many sons, who have come to the United States. In preparing this work I hope I have to some extent discharged the debt that I myself, a native Alsatian, born under the French flag, owe to the country of my adoption." (From Charles Blumenthal's Foreword).
Size: Measures ~9 1/2" x ~12 3/8" x ~2 1/8" and has 829 pages. The book weighs almost 9 pounds and 5 ounces.
Condition: This is a used copy and shows signs of wear throughout. The pages are clean and the binding is still intact. The cover is soiled and shows signs of wear at the edges and corners. The leather shows some cracks, but nothing to worry about. The spine is intact with no breaks that we could identify. The book is generally clean and is in good used condition. A great historic document that is in good condition after being around for over 90 years. Please see the photo for additional condition information.
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