Philadelphia: Claxton, Remsen & Haffelfinger, 1878.
Hard Cover. First Edition. A work of fiction, pseudonymously written by Mrs. Celina E. Means, a member of the Ku Klux Klan. The novel is set in the aftermath of the Civil War, with various characters, including the husband of a main character, involved in Klan activities. The novel paints a poor picture of the Reconstruction-era South, as corrupt officials hunt for ‘well-meaning’ Klan members, and a “black militia” terrorizes the populace. The protagonist and her husband eventually flee the authorities for Greece. An unfortunate piece of American literature, but an important example of Klan fiction and romanticism. Discreetly rebacked by a conservator. Red pebbled cloth, with lettering on the spine in gilt, now darkened. Very Good. (Wright III 3676).
Very Good binding.