City Sounds and Rural Echoes. M. Strickland BLACKLOCK.

City Sounds and Rural Echoes

New York: J. Marcus Stevenson, 1874. Edition not stated. Octavo (19cm); dark green publisher's cloth, decoratively stamped in black and gilt, blind-stamped rear border; 101pp, frontis. Spine slightly cocked; boards worn and rubbed, with chapped extremities, some material loss to leading corners and spine edges; sticker residue to front; interiors toned, with foxing intermittent throughout. Ownership inscription on ffep (dated '77), else Very Good, rare.

A rather scarce volume of poetry by a certain M. Strickland Blacklock, perhaps his only publication. Interestingly, Blacklock apologizes for both the quality and subject matter of his poetry, describing "an incongruity between the title of this work and several of the pieces it contains". Indeed, many of the poems within are actually about lovely ladies, with a variety of other subjects mixed in, including New York City, the Civil War, and the shame of slavery.

Price: $50.00

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