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New York: William Oland Bourne, 1868. First edition. Original maroon cloth, beveled edges, gilt lettered, decorated in gilt and blind, 341 pp. The author's copy, here signature on the first "Contents" page, with penciled notes throughout the text, pencilled notes laid in, tipped in, or pasted in throughout, clippings, and autograph letters. Eliza Jane Gay (1830-1919) was a school teacher, an aide to Dorothea Dix in the Civil War, tutor to President Johnson's children in the White House (see "Jane Gay Dodge Papers, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, [Biographical] Folder 3, seq.534), and photographer for her friend Alice Cunningham Fletcher, anthropologist who documented American Indian culture in the Plains and Pacific Northwest (see Joan T. Mark, "A Stranger in Her Native Land. Alice Fletcher and the American Indians", 1988, p.166). This is a book length satirical poem. "I have been so heartily amused by the perusal of "The New Yankee Doodle", which you kindly placed in my hands, that I can not forebear expressing my admiration of it, both as a cunningly devised piece of literary work, and a highly interesting portrayal of events in which you and I had some share of personal experience..." (Autograph letter, signed, of Warren Webster to Dorothea Dix, May 9, 1875, tipped to the rear pastedown of the present volume). "...the whole course of the rebellion is traced with fidelity, from its inception, before the firing on Fort Sumter, to the close of the war, and the death of Lincoln (San Francisco Times, September 12, 1868, clipping pasted to rear free endpaper recto). "Gay held an insider's perspective on the events she laid out in fascinating detail, recounting the emotional agony of Northerners, but in reportorial language, which makes her angry irony even more compelling." (Bendixen and Burt, editors, The Cambridge History of American Poetry, 2014). An inventory of the added items: Clippings, mostly reviews of this volume, 9; Notes, pasted, 11; Notes, tipped in, 43; Notes, laid in, 32; there are marginal annotations on 59 pages. Cloth a little worn, but much of the sizing deteriorated, dust-soiling. Text block swollen 7mm near the spine because of all the insertions. Still, a Good, sound copy.
Title: The New Yankee Doodle: Being an Account of the Little Difficulty in the Family of Uncle Sam.
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