Addresses - Drinking Usages. [Civil War & Temperence].
Boston: Massachusetts Temperance Society, 1861. First Edition. Hardcover. Rev. B.F. (Benjamin Franklin) DeCosta was a noted NE minister, abolitionist and temperance supporter. Laid in letter and signed personal card. Letter on Union letterhead [color top-piece with flags, eagle, "UNION" and a banner reading "Constitution of the United States of America"), dated Nov. 25, 1861, makes reference to their time in the "Virginia Campaign"...doubly interesting as the VC is now thought of as revolving around the Second Bull Run battle in 1862. Very likely a presentation as "Friend Phelps" was a drinker... A handsome copy of this minor classic termperence item with a period civil war letter with interesting content. Very Good. No DJ as Issued. Item #6255 Light shelf/edge wear, wear at head and tail, minor toning to spine, tide mark at fore-edge, light foxing at frontispiece, else tight, bright and unmarred. Brown cloth boards, gilt lettering and decorative elements, rust endpages, tissueguard. 8vo. 98pp. Illus. (b/w plates). Laid in period letter (see below).