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LAMENTARIUM FUNUS! HOW THE MIGHTY HAVE FALLEN!... JEFF DAVIS IS NO MORE [caption title]
[Richmond, 1865. Broadside, 19 1/4 x 15 inches. Previously folded. A few short separations and small chips at edges. Tanning and light foxing. Very good. A bitingly satirical poster commemorating the downfall of the Confederacy and Jefferson Davis, evidently issued immediately after the fall of Richmond. "If ye have tears, prepare to shed them now, because JEFF hath gone to his long home, and the mourners skedaddle about the streets. The Beauty and Pride of the Confederacy hath perish in the "Last Ditch." Tell it not in Pelham! Publish it not in the Hub, lest the Daughters of the Uncircumcised rejoice, lest the whelps of the Yankees triumph.... The indomitable President of the late C.S.A., invulnerable to the diabolical concatenations of Mortal foes, has now at last succumed [sic] to the irresistible force of circumstances, and yielded after a brief but heroic struggle to the combined attack of Cholera Infantum, Summer Complaint, Mississippi Quick Step, General Goneness, and several other diseases too numerous to mention...." The remainder of the broadside lists the order of events at the mock funeral, with sarcastic notes such as one reading, "Owing to the scarcity of coin, J.D.'s eyes remain unclosed." An entertaining, if rather sadistic, and very scarce piece, with OCLC recording only one copy, at the Boston Athenaeum.
      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
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