Confederate War Etchings
Volck, Adalbert J. Confederate War Etchings. Phila.?: Ca 1880-1890. Obl. folio, index plus 29 plates, loose as issued; in leather portfolio with cloth hinges. Etchings printed on "onion skin" laid paper and mounted on light cardstock. One of 100 copies. Howes V138.
Howes notes that these were actually published in Baltimore in 1863, but the author apparently suppressed the printing since some of the caricatures bordered on treason. They were reissued after the war, either from an earlier copy or, more likely, from the copper plates. The original issue was 30 plates. "Meeting of the Southern Emissaries and Lincoln" seems to have been lost in storage.
Included are etchings such as "Passage through Baltimore," which shows Lincoln dressed as a soldier peering through a slightly open door of a boxcar. "Buying a Substitute in the North during the War" shows a well-dressed gentleman picking up bums and drunks out of a bar. "Tracks of the Armies" shows the path of death and destruction left as the armies came through an area. Others include: "Counterfeit Confederates Notes Publicly Offered for Sale in the 'City of Brotherly Love;'" an unflattering view of "Free Negroes in the North" depicting them as lazy and beggars; in "Free Negroes in Hayti" they have reverted to tribal ways; another shows a woman with a few personal items in "Cave Life in Vicksburg during the Siege."
Etchings generally fine. Mounts lightly toned and disintegrating. Portfolio scuffed and splitting at folds.