[Richmond, Virginia]: circa 1884-1895. 1/2 leather. This album measures approximately 7.5” x 13”. It contains 166 pages of which 36 are filled with manuscript poetry, prose, and lyrics. Newspaper clippings are affixed to another four or five pages, and there are about 50 additional clippings laid-in along with six manuscript notes or letters. The pages show some wear. The rear cover is missing, and the front cover is loose but still attached. The owner’s name is barely distinguishable on the front cover. The contents are in nice shape.
Seven of the thirty-or-so manuscript entries are Confederate or “Lost Cause” poems or lyrics:
Lee at the Battle of the Wilderness,
Hurrah (for the Southern Confederate States),
Wounded and Healed,
March of the Deathless Dead,
Southern Chant of Defiance, and
Old Blandford Church (where a number of plaques honoring Confederate forces who fought at Petersburg, Virginia--“The Crater”--were located.
Two others champion Virginia: “Virginia” (a re-write of John Greenleaf Whittier’s “New England” stanza from Moll Pitcher) and "Virginia’s Girls".
Seven of the clippings are related to the Confederacy:
The Paean of the Coffinless Dead (with a heading from the Richmond Whig),
The Confederate Dead at Hollywood (with a Richmond by-line),
Miss Winnie Davis, In Memoriam.
Dedicated to Confederate Money,
Confederate Money, and
He Wore the Gray: A Colored Man Who Honors the Brave Confederate Dead.
Two clippings are related to Virginia’s favorite literary genius, Edgar Allen Poe (one about his favorite poem and the other a defense of his reputation). Another is about the testing of a revolutionary new naval gun in Norfolk.
Also, of interest is a laid-in, signed letter to Alice which she purported to be from the popular British female author, Ouida. It is accompanied by a long clipping about Ouida.
The remainder of the handwritten entries and newspaper clippings are related to love, aging, death, romance, women, first aid, household & business tips, humor, etc.
Good. Item #009524 Unusual. At time of listing, nothing similar is for sale in the trade. Nothing similar has been sold at auction per Rare Book Hub. OCLC shows two similar albums are held by institutions.
On-line public records show that an Alice H. Rogers lived in Richmond on Mill Street between 1885 and 1891, perhaps much longer, and Botetourt Country records report a grave for Alice H. Rogers in Buchanan, Virginia.
Unusual. At time of listing, nothing similar is for sale in the trade. Nothing similar has been sold at auction per Rare Book Hub. OCLC shows two similar albums are held by institutions.