New York: Rudd & Carleton, 1860. First edition. 8vo, original blind-stamped brown cloth, gilt lettering, 168 pages. Spine sunned, board edges a bit faded; some general soiling; head and foot of the spine a little frayed, small nick from the fore-edge of the front board; a very good copy. Item #17021
A presentation copy, inscribed in ink on the front blank, “To J. Parrish Stelle, Esq. With the compliments of H. L. Flash. N. Orleans, July 11th, 1868.” The southern poet’s first book, critically acclaimed on its release though suffering in sales because of the war. Flash variously lived in Mobile when this collection was published, was a general staff officer in the Confederate Army, edited a newspaper in Macon, Georgia toward the end of the war, then settled in Galveston; he returned to New Orleans (where he had lived as a boy) in 1868 and after his marriage moved to Los Angeles. (See Rutherford’s South in History and Literature.) Stelle was a fellow Southern editor. Streeter Sale 4202.