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Annotated Reference Guide to Collectible Books

Lossing, Benson J

As one of the most prolific historians in American history, Benson J. Lossing wrote and published over 40 books. He was particularly focused on the history surrounding the founding and the framing of the Constitution of United States of America. A keen book collector himself, Lossing is also notable for the custom-built fireproof library that housed his volumes of rare and important books.

Lossing is particularly celebrated for having illustrated many of his histories. Among these is a 1859 edition of The Pictorial Field Book of the Revolution (Harper and Brothers: New York), which is available for a mere $400 (first editions are valued up to three times that price). Other books illustrated and written by Lossing included The Pictorial Field Book of the War of 1812, of which an 1868 first edition (Harper and Brothers: New York) is valued around $500, and The Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War (first published in 1866-1869), a three-volume set.

Lossing also wrote biographies of many of his most celebrated compatriots, including a three volume Life of Washington: A Biography Personal, Military, Political. A first edition of this work, published by New York’s Virtue and Company in 1860, is available for only about $350.

Lossing, Benson J. The Pictorial Field-Book of the Revolution. Harper and Brothers, New York (1851). or, Illustrations by Pen and Pencil, of the History, Biography, Scenery, Relics, and Traditions of the War for Independence; With Eleven Hundred Engravings on Wood, by Lossing and Barritt; Chiefly from Original Sketches by the Author

Lossing, Benson J. Pictorial Field-Book of the Revolution. Harper and Brothers, New York (1855). 2 Volumes; illustrated with eleven hundred engravings

Lossing, Benson J. The Pictorial Field-Book of the Revolution. Harper and Brothers, New York (1859). Illustrated w/ eleven hundred b and w engravings and field maps, by B. Lossing and Wm. Barritt

Lossing, Benson J. The pictorial field-book of the revolution. Harper and Bros, New York (1860). Or, Illustrations,by pen and pencil, of the history, biography, scenery, relics, and traditions of the war for Independence; Illustrated w/ eleven hundred b and w engravings and field maps, by B. Lossing and Wm. Barritt

Lossing, Benson J. Pictorial History of the Civil War in the United States of America. George W. Childs and T. Belknap, Philadelphia and Hartford (1866). Illustrated with hundreds of engravings on wood by Lossing and Barritt, from sketches by the author and others. Maps, portraits, etc

Lossing, Benson J. Pictorial History of the Civil War in the United States of America. George W. Childs, Philadelphia (1866). 3 Volume Set; Illustrated with hundreds of engravings on wood by Lossing and Barritt, from sketches by the author and others. Maps, portraits

Lossing, Benson J. The Hudson, From the Wilderness to the Sea. H.B. Nims and Co, Troy, New York (1866). 306 wood engravings from drawings by author

Lossing, Benson J. The Hudson, From the Wilderness to the Sea. Virtue and Yorston, New York (1866). 464 pages illustrated by 306 wood engravings from drawings by the author

Lossing, Benson J. Pictorial Field Book of The Civil War. T. Belknap and Company, New York (1868). Complete in Three Volumes; Frontis. in each volume and Illustrated by many hundred engravings on wood by Lossing and Barritt from sketches by the author and others

Lossing, Benson J. Pictorial History of the Civil War in the United States of America. T. Belknap, Hartford (1868). 3 volumes; Illustrated with many engravings, woodcuts and maps

Lossing, Benson J. The Pictorial Field Book of the War of 1812. Harper and Brothers, New York (1868). or, Illustrations by Pen and Pencil of the History, Biography, Scenery, Relics, and Traditions of the Last War for American Independence

Lossing, Benson J. The Pictorial Field Book of the War of 1812. Harper and Brothers, New York (1869). or, Illustrations, by Pen and Pencil, of the History, Biography, Scenery, Relics, and Traditions of the Last War for American Independence; Illustrated with several hundred engravings on wood, by Lossing and Barret.

Lossing, Benson J. Washington and the American Republic. Virtue and Yorkston, New York (1870). 3 volume set.

Lossing, Benson. J. MEMORIAL OF ALEXANDER ANDERSON, M.D. Printed for the Subscribers, New York (1872). THE FIRST ENGRAVER OF WOOD IN AMERICA. READ BEFORE THE NEW YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY; With 38 plates and other illustrations in text

Lossing, Benson J. Our Country. Johnson and Miles, New York (1877). a Household History for All Readers, from the Discovery of America to the Present Time; With over five hundred illustations by Felix O. Darley and 12 Fine Engravings on Steel; Three-Volume Set, Complete.

OUR COUNTRY. Henry J. Johnson, New York (1877). a Household History for All Readers, from the Discovery of America to the Present Time; With over five hundred illustations by Felix O. Darley and 12 Fine Engravings on Steel; Three-Volume Set, Complete

Lossing, Benson J. Our Country. Henry J. Johnson, New York (1879). A Household History for All Readers From the Discovery of America to the Present Time; Volumes I - III; Twelve fine engravings on steel.

Lossing, Benson J. Our Country. Henry J. Johnson, New York (1880). A Household History for All Readers, from the Discovery of America to the Present Time; Illustrated with over 500 b/w illustrations (many are tissue-guarded full page engravings) and twelve fine engravings on steel.

Lossing, Benson J. History of New York City. A. S. Barnes and Company, New York (1884). Embracing an Outline Sketch of Events from 1609 to 1830, and a Full Account of its Development from 1830 to 1884; 2 vols; 250 copies printed.

Lossing, Benson J. OUR COUNTRY. HENRY J, JOHNSON PUBLISHER, NEW YORK (1885). OUR COUNTRY A HOUSEHOLD HISTORY FOR ALL READERS, FROM THE DISCOVERY OF AMERICA TO THE PRESENT TIME (vol. I, II, III); Felix O. C. Darley

Lossing, Benson J. Our Country. Johnson and Bailey, New York (1888). A Household History of the United States; Illustrated by Felix O.C. Darley

Lossing, Benson J. Washington and the American republic. George Barrie, Philadelphia (1904). 3 Volume Set; Many B and W steel engravings and maps

Lossing, Benson J. Harper's Encyclopaedia of United States History. Harper and Brothers, New York (1905). From 458 A.D. To 1905 (10 Volume Set); Based upon the plan of Benson John Lossing. LL. D. with special contributions covering every phase of American History and development by eminent authorities, including John Fiske, William R. Harper, Albert Bushnell Hart, John B. Moore, John Fryer, William T. Harris, Woodrow Wilson, Goldwin Smith, Moses Coit Tyler, Edward G. Bourne, R.J. H. Gottheil, and Alfred T. Mahan.

Lossing, Benson J. History of the Civil War. War Memorial Association, New York (1912). Illustrated with Reproductions of the Brady War Photographs By Permission of the War Department; Published in 16 Sections.

Lossing, Benson J. The Pictorial Field-Book Of The Revolution. Benchmark Publishing (1970). Or Illustrations, By Pen And Pencil, Of The History, Biography, Scenery, Relics, And Traditions Of The War For Independence; 2 volumes.