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“Swingin Round the Cirkle.” His Ideas of Men, Politics and Things, as set Forth in his Letters to the Public Press During the Year 1866.
Author: Locke, David Ross (writing under the pseudonym Petroleum V. Nasby)
Illustrator: Thomas Nast
Reference #: 1584
Status: For Sale
List Price: $75.00
Lee and Shepard, Boston, 1867.
299 pp.; Small octavo (7.5”) in green cloth, ruled border in blind on cover; gilt titles with flourish on spine; frontispiece with tissue guard intact and other illustrations by Thomas Nast.
Locke was a journalist and political satirist, and editor of the ‘Toledo Blade’ for many years. “His attacks on Copperheads and Democrats, post March 1861, were admired by Abraham Lincoln. Numerous collections of his satirical letters appeared in book form, beginning with ‘The Nasby Papers’ (1864). Marked by humor, aggressive malice, and merciless insistence on a few points, “Nasby’s “ satires have not survived their own day.” [Concise Dictionary of American Biography, Fourth Edition, p.662.]
Provenance: A signature in fine pen appears on the front paste down: “C. N. Riotte”, noting the place and date as ‘Austin’, ‘68’. While the first letter is open to alternative readings, we believe this to be that of Carl Nicolaus Riotte, founder of the Free Soil Party and who was asked to leave the State following Texas’ secession in 1861. (cf. Texas State Archives, Biography file; accessed online.)
Condition: Binding is tight; endpapers age-toned; moderate foxing on title page and several leaves following, but absent for the most part thereafter; light dampstain to the top half verso frontis, but image remains clear; light wrinkling to the cloth. Very Good - overall.
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