Richard Grant White, Book of the Prophet Stephen, Son of Douglas

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Abe-hating Satire From the Copperheads

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Book of the Prophet, Stephen, Son of Douglas is a satire in Biblical form on the political scene of 1861-62, concluding with a battle of “the Copperheads.”

Deeply critical of President Lincoln, this particular pamphlet represents “Book the First,” of a two-part publication. There are rare variants where the two are bound together. More commonly, as is the case here, one or the other of the wrappers-bound versions appear on the market.

Generally dealing with topics related to New York, the writer describes conflicts between the “Black-snakes” and the “Copperheads,” preferring the latter, and foretelling that in the future “white deities” would abide in the “temple of liberty.”

This is an extremely scarce example of anti-Lincoln political satire. Rear wrapper missing; spine repaired with paper tape, which obscures some text on the last page; red ink markings on title; light foxing and light soiling; else very good.

White, Richard Grant. Book of the Prophet Stephen, Son of Douglas. Wherein Marvelous Things are Foretold of the Reign of Abraham. NY: Feeks & Banker, Wholesale Newsdealers and Booksellers, 1863. 48p., octavo, (Monaghan 254).