First edition of The New Gospel of Peace by Richard Grant White. 12mo, [four books in one], 42pp [Book I], 48pp [Book II], 47pp [Book III], 55pp [Book IV], [1pp advertisements]. Contemporary three quarter brown calf, title in gilt, raised bands, marbled boards. Clean text. Previous booksellers sticker on front endpaper. (Howes W-368) (Sabin 103445)
Comments: Richard White was a renown literary and music critic from New York. He was known for this ridicule of extremist political theories, which is the topic of The New Gospel of Peace. This book is a literary satire on the Copperheads (northern Democrats, who advocated immediate peace with the South). Rare to find all four books in such fine condition. This book elicited imitations, such as Book of the Prophet Stephen, Son of Douglas (Sabin 6362) and Revelations: A Companion to the “New Gospel of Peace” (Sabin 70160).