THE COPPERHEAD. Harold Frederic.


New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1893. Original terra-cotta cloth decorated in red and black.

First Edition of Frederic's novel sited during the American Civil War. "Copperhead" was the reproachful term for Northerners who sympathized with Southern whites -- mostly Democrats in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio who were opposed to the policies of the Lincoln administration; their secret society, called the Knights of the Golden Circle, sought to assist Southerners and the expansion of slavery. In this book an upstate New York farmer (Frederic himself was from Utica) is branded a "Copperhead" by his neighbors for believing that the war was futile and that the Northern states should negotiate a peace treaty with the South. It was filmed both in 1920 (starring Lionel Barrymore) and again in 2013.

This is a fine copy; the binding design (unsigned) is by Margaret Armstrong. Blanck 6278; Gullans & Espey 101. Provenance: bookplate of the noted collector Frederick B. Adams Jr. Item #13780

Price: $325.00

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