Philadelphia: Thomas Hunter, Lith. (1882). Prepared under Instructions from the Quartermaster General. Oblong folio. Title leaf, 4pp. of text printing Article LXXXVI (Regulations for 1881), for Uniform, Dress and Horse Furniture, plus ten chromolithographed plates, and nine other plates, printed on rectos only. Original blind stamped cloth, neatly rebacked in cloth, gilt title on front cover, hinges strenghtened with cloth. A very good, bright copy.
The chromolithographed plates depict the full and fatigue dress army uniforms of the time, the additional plates show cap badges, devices, epaulettes, buttons, braids, etc. The lithographer Thomas Hunter had been a partner in the lithography firm of Duval & Hunter, before becoming sole proprietor in 1875. Stephen Duval, his partner, was the son of P.S. Duval, under whom he trained. P.S. Duval "one of the pioneer American color lithographers" operated one of the largest lithography firms in Philadelphia, produced the first volume of Thomas McKenney and James Hall's "History of the Indian Tribes of North America" in 1836, and in 1851 the plates for a book similar to this one entitled "Regulations for the Uniform & Dress of the Army of the United States. June 1851." Presumably Hunter was carrying on the tradition in the printing of this 1882 edition. [see: "The Color Explosion," by Jay Last, (Santa Ana, CA: 2005), pp.72-3.]. Item #62275