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       We specialize in books about the Northern campaigns of the American War of Independence (Canada, Lake Champlain, New-York, New-Jersey, and Philadelphia). Other subject areas in our growing catalog include the British army, material culture, living history, and a new one on the French & Indian War.
       In addition, one of our newest lines features guide books for historians & travelers. A second line features books on spies, spy rings & spycraft. Both of these lines have become extremely popular and we expect them to grow in popularity. We are also carrying a small collection of Osprey Books. These books are an ideal reference resource for living historians, military history enthusiasts, model makers and wargamers. Since they cross over so many periods and subjects, we have decided to bundle them together.



  • Miscellaneous Offerings
  • The Early Revolution in the North
  • The NY-NJ Campaign of 1776
  • The Campaigns of 1777
  • 18th C British Military
  • Material Culture
  • The French & Indian War (The 7-Years War in N.America)
  • The Non-Combatants
  • Living History
  • Guide Books for History & Travel
  • Spies, Spy Rings & Spycraft
  • Special Collection of Osprey Titles





  • Material Culture


    Of Sorts for Provincials: American Weapons of the French & Indian War,
    by Jim Mullins
    [Sorts]       This new book boldly displays the firearms, swords, and accouterments of the American provincial soldiers during the French and Indian War, 1754 – 1763. Unlike their British counterparts, the American provincials were issued a wide range of weapons from standard British Long Land muskets and carbines to civilian rifles and fowlers. These were often old, used, and in poor condition, guns that were described by British officers as "of sorts for Provincials."
          Author Jim Mullins uses original examples of these unique weapons, as well as excavated pieces, are shown from public and private collections throughout the country. Printed in landscape format, the 11 x 8-1/2" format allows for beautiful wide color photos, on the fine coated paper. Long guns and swords are shown in wide views, up to 22" wide across-the-gutter. Close-up views of the unique maker's marks, proof marks, top views, and detail views show features rarely revealed. Showcased in high resolution, full color, all images were made by photographer and author Ryan R. Gale whose companion book, A Soldier-Like Way has become a favorite of our customers.
          Original artifacts are included here from public and private collections throughout the United States, Britain, and Canada, including the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, The Royal Collection, Fort Ticonderoga, Fort Ligonier, Fort Pitt, Jummonville Glen, Fortress Louisbourg, and more. Examples are shown of every major pattern of infantry musket used from 1751-1768, as well as a variety of other items such as: swords, pistols, fusils, halberds, cartridge pouches, belly boxes, bayonets & scabbards, musket tools, ball molds, powder horns, uniforms, gaitors, shoes, buttons, buckles, sewing tools, camp equipment, axes, shovels, tent pegs, eating utensils, haversacks, canteens, coins, medical devices, gorgets, medals, sashes, and much more!
          In addition to the above, this wonderful book includes the complete series of Grenadier paintings by Swiss painter David Morier, published for the first time in full color. This series of paintings, done in the early 1750s, depicts a Grenadier from every regiment of foot, from the 1st Guards, to the 49th Regiment. These paintings also depict images of daily camp life, campfollowers, and soldiers perfoming the manual of arms. Several other drawings and paintings are included from the Royal Collection, Canadian Archives, and private collections.

    Sold Out! 192 pages. 11" X 8-1/2". Heavily Illustrated. Softcover. $35.00



    A Soldier-Like Way: the Material Culture of the British Infantry 1751-1768,
    by R. R. Gale
    [SLW]       New, from Track of the Wolf, Inc., this is the most comprehensive work on the British infantry material culture to date, brimming with exquisite full color photos of original artifacts and paintings. The story of the British infantry, their daily life, weapons, tools, food, and clothing is described in the soldier's own words, utilizing entries from original journals, orderly books, and official papers.
    This book includes the complete series of Grenadier paintings by Swiss painter David Morier, published for the first time in full color. This series of paintings, done in the early 1750s, depicts a Grenadier from every regiment of foot, from the 1st Guards, to the 49th Regiment. Also included in these paintings are images of daily camp life, campfollowers, and depictions of the musket drill. This series is vital to any research on the British infantry of the mid 18th century. Several other drawings and paintings are included from the Royal Collection, Canadian Archives, and private collections.
          Chapters include such things as: Weapons & Accouterments, Clothing, Personal Care and Hygiene, Camp Life and Diet, Marching and Evolutions, Garrison Life, Winter Campaigning, Life Aboard Ship, Officers and NCOs, Pioneers, Camp Colour Men, and Musicians. A special chapter on Scottish Highlanders shows their unique blend of English and Scottish uniforms and weapons. Original artifacts are included from public and private collections throughout the United States, Britain, and Canada, including the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, The Royal Collection, Fort Ticonderoga, Fort Ligonier, Fort Pitt, Jummonville Glen, Fortress Louisbourg, and more.
    The 8-1/2" by 11" horizontal format allows for 22" long spreads of original firearms and swords. Examples are shown of every major pattern of infantry musket used from 1751-1768, as well as a variety of other items such as: swords, pistols, fusils, halberds, cartridge pouches, belly boxes, bayonets & scabbards, musket tools, ball molds, powder horns, uniforms, gaitors, shoes, buttons, buckles, sewing tools, camp equipment, axes, shovels, tent pegs, eating utensils, haversacks, canteens, coins, medical devices, gorgets, medals, sashes, and much more!
    Though there is an emphasis on the soldiers fighting in the French & Indian War in America, this book covers the the entire British infantry, at home and abroad, in wartime and peacetime. It is a must have for the French & Indian War and general mid-18th century historian, collector, livina historian, and artist.

    144 pages. 11" X 8-1/2". Heavily Illustrated. Softcover. $33.00

    [Flixton]    

    18th Century Weapons of the Royal Welsh Fuziliers from Flixton Hall,
    by Erik Goldstein
          Information and details on this unique collection of weapons now housed in Colonial Williamsburg. These muskets, pikes, and swords were used by the 23rd Regiment of Foot in the 18th century. A complete history of Flixton Hall and the Adair family is also presented.

    128 large-format pages. Softcover. Bibliography. $20.00



    Military Buttons of the American Revolution, by Don Troiani
          There were hundreds of different buttons worn by the military of the American, British, and French forces in the Revolutionary War. Don Troiani, a noted American military artist, presents photographs and comprehensive information about these buttons. It includes the dates of service for all British regiments that served in the United States during the Revolutionary War. The collection gets rather eclectic and varied when he gets to the buttons of the Congressional Forces, but there is more there than you would think. This book is a must for living historians and collectors!

    Sold out! 200 pages. 8.5"x11". Hardcover. List price $39.95. $38.00

    "Identifying the recovered buttons worn during the American Revolution offers valuable insight to verify various locations and the clothing of its many participating units. Don Troiani's new book is a compressive expansion and re-examination of this important research source. I highly recommend it to all students of our war for independence."
    George C. Neumann
    Renowned Collector and Author."



    Insignia of Independence:
    Military Buttons, Accouterments Plates & Gorgets of the American Revolution

    by Don Troiani & James L. Kochan
          This update to Troiani's Military Buttons of the American Revolution (which now sells for hundreds of dollars on the open market) includes 200 new buttons not found in the earlier book. Hundreds of photos of accoutrement plates, gorgets, and period portrait images of officers and enlisted men (most of which are in color) enhance the buttons and make this book truly an invaluable resource.
          Following decades of intense research, this is the final word on buttons, plates, and insignia of the American Revolution. Two of the most qualified experts in the realm of Revolutionary War militaria have joined forces to present the collecting community with this fabulous opus. Decades in the making, it will not be surpassed. The finished product has proven greater than the sum of its parts. A delight to behold, its illustrations are exquisite, the design is engaging and it has been organized in a logical manner. The authors have proven themselves to be among the most preeminent authorities of our generation.

    Only Two (2) Copies Left - No Restock!
    312 pages. Hardcover. Heavily Illustrated. Photos.
    List price $75.00. $70.00
    Shipped in the United States. $78.00

        [Insignia]


    The Great Warpath: British Military Sites from Albany to Crown Point,
    by David R. Starbuck
          The daily life of British soldiers during the American Revolution and the French & Indian War is revealed through artifacts from the sites where they lived, worked and fought. This heavily illustrated volume features items recovered from Fort William Henry, Fort Ticonderoga, the Saratoga battlefield, Crown Point, and other locations along the Hudson, Lake George and Lake Champlain.

    One Copy Left! 224 pages. Softcover. Published at $19.95. $19.00

    "...[I]f you enjoy the period 1750-1790 in American and Canadian history, this is a book for your collection. More works of this caliber are needed to round out our knowledge of the life and times of the soldiers and their civilian counterparts. Highest recommendations."
    Stephen Gilbert, from a review in The Colonial Chronicle, Vol 6 #1






    "The French & Indian War"
    (The Seven Years War in North America)



    Clash Of Empires: The British, French, And Indian War, 1754-1763,
    by R. Scott Stephenson
          The conflict that Winston Churchill called the First World War profoundly shaped the history of North America. Scott Stephenson, who has living history origins himself, spent more than a decade locating art, objects, and manuscripts that tell the story of this colorful and dramatic clash of empires. Filled with illustrations and sidebars, this volume accompanies a major traveling exhibit currently in Pittsburgh. Though about the F&I War, Rev-war types will find the object file photos of the Rev-War period Indian Department regimental coat worth the price of the book.

    Back in Stock! Heavily Illustrated. Maps.
    128 pages. Softcover. $15.00
    Shipped in the United States. $20.00

        [Clash]


    Massacre at Fort William Henry, by David R. Starbuck
          The author of The Great Warpath presents an archeologist's portrayal of 18th century America's most infamous siege and massacre. Starbuck draws upon his archeological findings at the site of the fort and sets fact against fiction to expose what really happened prior to, during, and after this most infamous colonial battle. This book is an engaging and sobering corrective to myths generated by popular depictions of this brutal contflict, particularly James Fenimore Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans.

    One Copy Left! 152 pages. Softcover. $17.00



    [AFFWW]    

    America's First First World War: The French and Indian War, 1754-1763,
    by Timothy J. Todish
          Contrary to the belief of many people, America did not fight her first World War in the trenches of Western Europe in 1917-1918. The first world war in which America was fought on our own native soil, with an impact on our nation's history at least as signifigant as that of the 1917-1918 war. Twenty years before the outbreak of the American Revolution, the colonies were locked in a struggle for their very existence -- a struggle that rarely receives more than a passing word in modern day history books.

    Back in Stock! 124 pages. Softcover. $15.00



    The Annotated and Illustrated Journals of Major Robert Rogers,
    by Timothy J. Todish
          Major Robert Rogers of the Rangers is not only one of the most famous men to come out of Colonial America, he is also one of the most fascinating. This book, reprinted from the rare 1769 Dublin edition of hie Journals, allows the major to tell portions of his life in his own words. To supplement his accounts, numerous annotations have been added by Timothy Todish to give a broader picture of the events described. Most are from eyewitnesses, or at least contemporaries of Rogers. Later secondary sources are used sparingly. Occasionally an annotation, or series of annotations, are used to present tyhe background for the action. Gary Zaboly's wonderful original illustrations, along with his well-written captions, add an invaluable dimension to this edition. They also fill in some gaps in his life that are not specifically covered in the text of the Journals.

    Heavily Illustrated.
    341 pages. Softcover. $30.00
    Shipped in the United States. $33.00

        [Rogers]


    The Mid-Appalachian Frontier: A Guide to Historic Sites of the French and Indian War, by Robert Swift
          This book enables readers to visit more than 100 sites associated with the French and Indian War in Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. Far more than simply a travel guide, Swift weaves a fascinating story about a frontier region that was being transformed through war.

    128 pages. Softcover. 8.5 X 11 $18.00






    The Non-Combatants

    Belonging to the Army: Camp Followers and Community During the American Revolution,
    by Holly Mayer
          The first modern text devoted to the study of those who followed the army, including wives, sutlers, retainers, craftsmen, and others. This book examines the military society of the era, shows the importance of the various civilian followers to this society, and describes the evolution of the Continental army and the role of followers in it.

    Softcover. Published at $18.95. $18.00



    Wenches, Wives and Servant Girls:
    A Selection of Advertisements for Female Runaways in American Newspapers, 1770-1783
    ,

    by Don N. Hagist
          In an age when people could be owned by others, newspaper advertisements provided detailed descriptions of those who absconded. These verbal images are often the only surviving information on countless thousands of common, working class people. The 400 advertisements presented here describe females who were advertised in America during the era of the Revolutionary War, presenting a striking picture of the wenches, wives and servant girls who formed a substantial but largely forgotten segment of the population in colonial America.

    Sold out! New edition available 265 pages. Softcover. $15.00
    Shipped in New York State. $17.00

        [WWSG]


    Sybil Ludington: The Call to Arms,
    by V. T. Dacquino
          Sixteen-year-old Sybil Ludington earned a place in American history on a rainy night in the spring of 1777 when she rode 40 miles to muster her father's 7th Regiment of the Dutchess County (NY) Militia to the battle of Ridgefield, CT.

    104 pages. Softcover. Illustrated. $15.00






    Living History





    The Greatest Hits of The Colonial Chronicle: The Rev-War Collection,
    edited by Philip D. Weaver

           The Colonial Chronicle (ISSN 1528-8641) was an ambitious independent newsletter predominately about the American War for Independence as a living history experience. After a period of experimentation, The Chronicle found its voice as an information vehicle intended to educate and entertain its readers. This information was also presented with a twinkle in the eye and a touch of good humor. To honor this unique publication, its editors have published this exciting collection, which has been imaginatively entitled The Greatest Hits of The Colonial Chronicle, for your edification and enjoyment.
           Appealing mostly to current living historians, this book will also be of great interest to the average history buff. Sections include musket alterations, safety, authenticity, interpretation, tailoring period clothing, and headgear. This collection also includes a number of period accounts including the taking of Fort Montgomery and the siege of Fort Schuyler. Also included is a detailed description of an execution by a Continental Army firing squad. There are a number of featured articles included, as well as a bibliography, and a new glossary.
           All the original text remains from the newsletter, except for some very minor editing to correct any overlooked errors or seriously outdated information. Nearly all of the graphics have been significantly improved. The new glossary includes many of the terms used thru ought this collection that were known during the American Revolution or used by today’s living historians. This should help clear up any unfamiliar jargon, or it could, very well, confuse the reader even further.
           Contributors to this collection include many well known living historians. Among them are Todd W. Braisted, Jay Callaham, Steve Gilbert, Don N. Hagist, John A. Muller, Roy and Debra Najecki, Todd Post, Faith Rice, Peter R.W. Schaaphok, Mark Tully, Gavin K. Watt, Philip D. Weaver, and William M. Wigham.
           The collection is profusely illustrated by the late George C. Woodbridge, Alan Archambault, and America’s first great book illustrator, Felix Octavius Carr Darley (1822–1888).

    [Greatest]

    94 heavy-weight pages. Perfect Bound. Bibliography. Glossary. Fully Illustrated. $19.95
    Introductory Price (incl. appropriate tax & shipping): $20.00


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    The Packet: Being a Collection of Patterns, Articles and Essays of Particular Pertaining to the American Revolution, by Mark Tully
          Over five years in the making, this book was first published in 1999. It contains more than forty pages of projects and ideas geared specifically for Rev-War living history enthusiasts or 18th century scholars. Its 8 1/2 X 11 booklet format is reminiscent of the legendary SketchBook '76, but in many ways is so much better. The Packet contains completely documented, illustrated and footnoted articles full of great information. Features include: Military Rations, Camp Kettles, Camp Cooking, Tent Pins, Penny Knives, Shot Pouches & Bullet Bags, Anatomy of a Musket, Hand Barrows, Camp Furniture and more. The author is the current publications editor for the Northwest Territory Alliance (NWTA).

    In Stock! Softcover. Bibliography. $10.00
    Shipped in New York State. $12.00

    "The Packet is an outstanding resource to bolster what is often a weak area - the part of living history beyond the clothing that adds texture and credibility to each individual."
    Don N. Hagist, from a review in The NWTA Spy, Vol III Summer 1999



    The Packet II: Being Another Collection of Patterns, Articles and Essays Pertaining to the American Revolution, by Mark Tully
          Published late in 2000, this ALL NEW publication contains more than forty pages of great information for the 18th century living historians and scholars. Articles include Camp Tools, Crime & Punishment, Aiming/Target Practice, Eating Utensils, Health & Hygiene, Knit Caps, Soap, Laying Out the Military Camp, Sentries, and more. Like the previous volume, The Packet II is completely documented, illustrated and footnoted. It also includes a number of photographs.

    In Stock! Softcover. Bibliography. $10.00
    Shipped in New York State. $12.00



    The Packet III: Being Yet Another Collection of Patterns, Articles and Essays Pertaining to the American Revolution,
    by Mark Tully
          The Packet III is the latest offering in the highly popular series. Completely documented, illustrated and footnoted articles full of great information for the re-enactor or 18th-century scholar. Articles include: Military Shoes, Bayonet Belts, Mittens, Canvas knapsacks, Fire Buckets, Military Markings, Forage Caps, Markets, Field Defenses, Military Dress, Liquor and more.

    In Stock! Softcover. Bibliography. $10.00
    Shipped in New York State. $12.00



    The Packet IV: Being One More Collection of Patterns, Articles and Essays Pertaining to the American Revolution, by Mark Tully
          The Packet IV is the latest offering in our highly popular series. Completely documented, illustrated and footnoted articles full of great information for the re-enactor or 18th-century scholar. Articles include: Recruiting, Musket Accuracy, Cartridges, Whistles, Camp Diversions and Games, Music, Ready Money, Quill Pens, Waistcoats, Laundry, Handkerchiefs, Sticks and Canes Floor Cloths, Pothooks and more.

    In Stock! Softcover. Bibliography. $10.00
    Shipped in New York State. $12.00



    The Packet V: Being One More Collection of Patterns, Articles and Essays Pertaining to the American Revolution, by Mark Tully
          The Packet V is the latest offering in this very popular series. Completely documented, illustrated and footnoted articles full of great information for the re-enactor or 18th-century scholar. Articles include: Gallipots, Life Expectancy, Post Roads, Folding a Letter, Colonial-era Signboards, Keeping it Corked, The Royal Arms, Shooting Flying, Bird Calls, "Approaching," A Canoe Paddle, The Kitchen Garden, Leggings, Covered Buttons, Watchman's Rattles, Fire Starting, Lanterns, Indentured Servants, A Grand Tour and more.

    In Stock! Softcover. Bibliography. $10.00
    Shipped in New York State. $12.00



    [Games]    

    A Brief Discourse on 18th-Century Games,
    by M. Richard Tully
          This very popular booklet has been redesigned and updated yet again. It now includes easy to understand rules for 19 popular 18th-century games including; Dominoes, Draughts (checkers), Fox & Geese, Going to Boston, Hazard, Laugh & Lay Down, the Mill, Quinze, Snip, Snap, Snorem, Tic-tac-toe, Whist and many more! Each game features historial notes, complete play instructions and suggestions for making your own game pieces and boards. GREAT FAMILY FUN!

    26 pages. 5.5"x8.5" Booklet. $5.00



    A Modest Collection of Traditional Songs from the Colonial Period: Collected from a Variety of Sources and Mostly Pertaining to War, Women, Sex and Beer (And a Few of Which are Quite Bawdy),
    by Mark R. Tully
          More than 40 traditional songs are featured, several with additional sets of lyrics to offer a total of over 50 songs. Each includes a brief introduction with the song's origins and historical anecdotes on the culture and the times during which it was popular. Most of the songs are from uncensored. 17th and 18th century English sources. They were brought to America by the early colonists and many were soon adapted as patriotic songs. In most cases, both the original lyrics and the patriotic adaptations are included in the book.
          Most of the songs were selected with the novice musician in mind and feature simple melodies and chord changes and can be easily played both on the standard penny whistle and guitar. Guitar chords and a series of appendices on period instruments and playing styles are also included.

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    Sold out! New edition available 100 Pages. Laminated Cover. Spiral Bound. $19.00



    Our proprietor has always felt a better title for this book would have been:
    War, Women, Sex and Beer:
    A Modest Collection of Traditional & Bawdy Songs of the Colonial Period

    It would have sold twice as much as it did!






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