Philadelphia: Printed and Published by Henry Hodson, 11 S. 15 St. (1861). A timely new edition. Original printed green wrappers, stitched, 7.5 x 5.25 inches, 32 pages. Wrappers a little split along the spine, with some light wear and soiling; a very good copy. Item #18964
First published in 1853, a millennialist pamphlet from the popular sensationalist novelist whose prophetic belief in the end times seems also to have informed his successful serialized fiction. (See for instance the entry in the Dictionary of Nineteenth-century Journalism in Great Britain and Ireland, which touts the success of Pae’s 1853 reforming novel as influenced by this sentiment.) The republication here no doubt prompted by the start of the Civil War; the promise of five years of tribulation may have seemed improbable early in the war but proved prescient. This appears to be the only title found on OCLC with the Henry Hodson imprint; he holds the copyright here with one James Smith. The 1861 McElroy Philadelphia directory gives his occupation as printer; he is also listed as part of the printing firm Whitrick & Hodson. Small early ink autograph inscription at the head of the title page.