Traveller - Richard AdamsLondon, Sydney, Auckland & Johannesburg: Hutchinson, 1989, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and the top corners of the boards with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Very small tipex mark to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise.
Contains: Maps to the endpapers and blanks;
From the cover: “In comfortable stables at Lexington, Virginia, a sturdy, nine-year-old grey chats to his friend Tom the Nipper, one of the domestic cats. Soon we learn that he is no ordinary horse, but Traveller, General Robert E. Lee’s mount in the American Civil War. The war now over, Traveller has become a loved and honoured member of Lee’s family at Washington College, where the General (on sufferance of the victorious Federal North) is President. Lee still rides his horse every afternoon. The complete understanding between them, forged in the war years, has grown if anything deeper during these latter days of peace.
Through Traveller’s memories, told to Tom, we learn how, on Sewell Mountain in 1861, he first met Lee, then a subordinate general, and how the two met again on the coast of Carolina, where Lee bought Traveller (and named him). At the beginning of June 1862, President Davis appoints Lee to command the army desperately defending Richmond against “the Blue men” — the Federals. In the glorious but appallingly bloody campaign which follows, known as the Seven Days, Traveller first experiences action with his master. Then the Army of Northern Virginia marches northward to Manassas, where they again win victory. Traveller carries Lee to Antietam, to Fredericksburg in the snow, to Chancellorsville in the forest, and so to Gettysburg and to the dreadful engagements in The Wilderness. Finally we learn of the siege of Richmond and Petersburg, and hear Traveller’s account of what happened at Appomattox.”