Hurd and Houghton. Hardcover. New York, 1864. 12mo, publisher's brown cloth, 152 pp. First edition. An attractive copy of the first edition of Laura Redden Searing's first book, written under the name Howard Glyndon. "When the Civil War began, the Republican sent Redden to Washington, D.C., as a special correspondent. In 1861 she wrote "Belle Missouri" in reply to the rebel song "Maryland, My Maryland" and dedicated it to Missouri volunteers. Her poem was adopted as Missouri's war song. Her first extended publication, written as Howard Glyndon, was a 103-page pamphlet titled Notable Men in "the House": A Series of Sketches of Prominent Men in the House of Representatives, Members of the Thirty-seventh Congress (1862). She collected fifty-two of her war poems in Idyls of Battle and Poems of the Rebellion (1864), this time credited as "Howard Glyndon (Laura C. Redden)." - ANB. A quite attractive copy with excellent contents. Bookplate, bookseller catalog excerpt and some tears and marks to front endpapers, some fading to spine. Very good condition overall. . Very Good. 1864. First Edition. (Inventory #: 15474)
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