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The Poetical Works of James Madison Bell
Press of Wynkoop Hallenbeck Crawford Co. Lansing, Michigan: Press of Wynkoop Hallenbeck Crawford Co.. (1901; actually 1904). Second edition, first thus with five additional poems. Biographical sketch by Bishop B.W. Arnett. Octavo. 221, [1]pp., with two frontispiece portrait plates and index at the rear. Publisher's textured cloth boards with decorative design in gilt on the front board and spine. Darkening to the spine and board edges, front hinge is split, rear hinge partially split, else very good. Verse by a noted Ohio abolitionist, poet, and orator who was also a friend of John Brown, not published in book form until the end of his life. This copy Inscribed by Wilmont A. Johnson, a prominent African-American publisher and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Freedmen's Progress Commission. Laid-in is a vitriolic 1904 letter regarding local church politics and addressed to a newspaper editor, most likely from the book's original owner. Scarce, OCLC locates only seven copies. .
      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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