[CIVIL WAR]. DAHLGREN, Madeleine V. (1825-1889). Group of 13 imprints, two identified to Madeleine Vinton Dahlgren, with ANS to Capt. John A. Dahlgren.

English, German, and French publications spanning 1850 through 1877, and representing an eclectic assortment of subject matter. Notable are the following: Treadwell, Daniel. The Practicability of Constructing Cannon of Great Caliber. Cambridge: Metcalf and Company, 1856. 5.75 x 9.5 in. (spotting, dampstaining to left corner). With inscription on title page, "Commodore F. French / Respectful compliments of the author." -- Despace, Jean-Baptiste. Discours sur la Vulgarisation de L'Hygiene de la Premiere Enfance par la Creche. Paris: A La Creche Saint Antoine, 1865. 5.25 x 8.25 in. (dampstaining, paper wrapper detached from binding). With inscription on title page, "A Madame R. Admirale Dahlgren / Respectueuse amitie / Jean Baptiste Desplace." -- Mallery, Lieut. Col. Garrick. A Calendar of the Dakota Nation. Washington: 1877. 5.75 x 9.25 in. (cover almost completely detached, wear). With tipped-in card on interior front cover "With the Compliments of Garrick Mallery, Washington, D.C. / Office of the Chief Signal Officer." Additional imprints in various conditions, some with heavy wear. 

Madeleine Vinton Dahlgren was the wife of Rear Admiral John A. Dahlgren who founded the Navy's Ordnance Department, initiated advances in gunnery, and commanded the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron during the Civil War. In her own right, however, she achieved acclaim as an author, translator, anti-suffragist, and "social queen" of Washington, D.C. Mrs. Dahlgren hosted literary salons in her home and had a large circle of literary acquaintances. Seemingly the publications in this lot may have been in the personal collection of Madeleine and Rear Admiral John Dahlgren.


Autographed note signed ("Capt. Dahlgren with compliments / DuPont"), possibly in the hand of Rear Admiral Samuel F. Du Pont (1803-1865) who served with John Dahlgren in the United States Navy during the Civil War.

Estimate: $200 - $400
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