BOOK US ARMY PATCHES ENCYCLOPEDIA OF CLOTH INSIGNIA
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BOOK US ARMY PATCHES ENCYCLOPEDIA OF CLOTH INSIGNIA Picture(s) and Description:
This auction is for a hard cover book with original dust jacket, titled "U.S. Army Patches -- An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Cloth Unit Insignia", written by Barry Jason Stein, a 35-year owner of the military insignia supplier company "Ira Green, Inc."; it is a first edition book, published in 1997 by the University of South Carolina Press; it has 222 pages with maybe a good third of them being semi-glossy full color plates of actual military patches--a VERY helpful resource for the collector for identifying what items he has in his collection (and what others he might want to search for!). This excellent book . . . . "brings together more than 1800 cloth insignia worn by U.S. soldiers from World War I to the present (i.e. 1997 at publication). . . . .a gathering of officially approved patches from both active and inactive units, as well as patches approved for local wear and many unauthorized patches, all of which offer unique insights into the US military. Drawing on extensive research of government documents, Stein offers a brief profile of each army unit and a commentary on the significance of its cloth insignia. . . . . also lists items of special interest, including the battle campaigns in which the insignia were worn and the meaning of their motifs. . . . .in addition to an index of all previous designations by which the units have been known." The book is in overall very good to near excellent condition; cover shows no wear, clean and nice but has minor lower corner jams on both front and back; interior appears complete, also clean and nice condition; page edges show some soiling from previous "thumbing"; dust jacket has minimal wear, traces of faint soiling, light edge wear. An outstanding resource book for the patch collector!!