A Woman of War and Other Stories. [Inscribed by the Author]
Collection of Civil War short stories by veteran, Baltimore newspaperman, and sculptor Felix Agnus (1839–1925). Though fictionalized—the author calls them “tales built upon true incidents,” these four stories recount the author’s experiences serving in both battalions of Duryee’s Zouaves (the 5th and 165th New York Volunteer Infantry). The frontispiece depicts a Zouave “[s]tatuette, made of bronze, by the author, in 1861, and exhibited at Tiffany & Co.‘s.” He rose though the ranks and was finally breveted Brigadier General. Born in France, Agnus studied sculpture and, after emigrating to the U.S., worked briefly for Tiffany’s before enlisting in the Union army. After the war he became business manager and later publisher of the Baltimore American; he later founded the Baltimore Star.
Description: A Woman of War and Other Stories. [Inscribed by the Author]
Baltimore: Kohn & Pollock, Inc., (1895) 1908 second edition. Frontispiece, [1–7], 8–209pp. + 6 plates. 7½ x 5 inches. Publisher’s, original green cloth with gilt titling and blind rules on upper cover. Vignette illustrations and halftone plates by Willis H. Thorndike. Inscribed and signed by author on front endpaper. Some whiteish marks, mostly on lower cover; several short closed tears along fore-edge of about a dozen leaves; very good.
Ref. Felix Agnus papers Archives UM accessed online.