A REBEL WAR CLERK'S DIARY AT THE CONFEDERATE STATES CAPITAL (2 Volumes, Complete). J. B. | Jones, Howard Swiggett.

A REBEL WAR CLERK'S DIARY AT THE CONFEDERATE STATES CAPITAL (2 Volumes, Complete)

New York: Old Hickory Bookshop, 1935. Hard Cover. near Very Good binding. Item #6735

Octavo. xii, 403; 490 pp. New and enlarged edition. As issued, in navy cloth; binding flaw has the "Content" bound after the "Introduction" rather than before creating an unusual pagination without seeming like a mistake when one navigates the frontmatter. Otherwise an indifferent copy with traces of shelfwear; the bottom of the both boards of Volume II show a bit of moisture exposure, but the dark color of the cloth makes it discreet; no evidence in the textblock. This copy from the library and the signature of Eppa Hunton IV, grandson of the Confederate General and U.S. Senator of the same name. Fairly scathing assessment of Swiggett's contribution to this edition in Hunton IV's hand; occasional pencil bracketing and marginalia throughout. A nice association.

Harwell writes, "Jones was a journeyman author and newspaper man whose strong Southern sympathies impelled him to leave New Jersey in early April 1861 and head south. He consciously set out to be the Confederate Pepys and would have succeeded had he been able to resist inserting small emendations into his diary when it was being prepared for publication" In Tall Cotton 104. Nevins describes this as "[a]n intersting commentary on life and people in the Confederacy" CWB II, 173. Howes J-220.

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