My Southern Friends. "All of Which I Saw, and Part of Which I Was"
Kirke, Edmund (James Roberts Gilmore)

New York, New York: Carleton, Publisher, 1863. F 308 + (3) pages, publishers advertisements at back. Civil-war era novel of Southern U.S. travel, by James Roberts Gilmore (1822 - 1903) American author and who acted as an unofficial envoy for President Abraham Lincoln to Jefferson Davis during the Civil War: "...In 1857, after many trips to the South, whose society and people he admired, Gilmore was successful enough to retire from business and to devote himself primarily to lecturing and other literary pursuits... the writing of novels and magazine articles, most of which were based on his own experiences and travels and nearly all of which he published under the pseudonym Edmund Kirke...(in) My Southern Friends (1863) chronicle the business travels of Edmund Kirke in the South, where he finds the social fabric being slowly torn asunder by violent overseers and corrupt masters...many of Gilmore's 'Edmund Kirke' novels reveal an interesting love/hate relationship with the South that transcends the mere propaganda characterization that is often assigned to them..." (Vernon G. Miles in the ANB) With the previous owner name of F.L.R. Satterlee June 1863 in pencil on front endpaper. The volume approx. 5 1/4" x 7 1/2" size; publisher's light brown decoratively blind-stamped ripple-finished cloth binding; gilt spine titles (dulled). Spine ends chipped away; spine cloth dusty, faded; endpapers starting to split; bound securely, occasional spotting within; in good condition. Good Hardcover (Item ID: 25016)


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