Sigel, Gustav A. (Compiler),
Akron, OH The Werner Company 1900
OK This one needs a few words. I
guess I'll start doing old German Print books. This
one has seen the most reprints I have seen. Loads of
different versions out there. Not only can you get
the information in many forms you seem to be able to
pay random amounts. I have a first edition I paid
$50 for. Other first editions go for as much as
$1600. Reprints from Germany about $50 and the US
about $30. There is a CD ROM of the original for
about $25. The prints are superb and the printed
info is in part great from the OB side. Great
uniform detail by regiments in the prints. Remember
that the Franco-Prussian War was all the rage and
the heroism of that conflict is applauded over and
original is 181 pages with 41 Chromolithographic plates
(30 Army & 11 Navy). It is HUGE 14" x 18" and weighs a
ton. The prints are on their own page with a blank
facing page and are covered with one of those glassine
type sheets. The print is in both German and English. A
dual column deal with German on the left.
The reprints have text on the facing pages and the
colors suffer a bit. I tried to show a comparison
but I am a crummy photographer. The 1989 English
reprint just focuses on the English writing leaving
the dual column out and shortening the book to 136
pages. It is also much smaller and manageable.
About 13" x 9.5".
This is an actual reference of the time in English.
Cool. Which one to get? I like the CD Rom. Why?
While not too easy to navigate the scans are top notch
and it is the original. Working with the book is
VERY difficult. It is huge. Most folks pay between
$200 and $350 for an original on eBay. There are
several different types of the old edition. Pretty
cover and the original blue cover. Same on the
inside. No one likes the reprints. I don't know
why. Same data even though I do not think modern
printing is as good as the original