PRISON BILL OF FARE, BY A PRISONER OF WAR, COMPOSED, WRITTEN AND SPOKEN AT THE EXHIBITION OF THE "PRISONERS OF WAR DRAMATIC ASSOCIATION" RICHMOND, VA. NOV. 8, 1861. Confederate Imprint Verse.

PRISON BILL OF FARE, BY A PRISONER OF WAR, COMPOSED, WRITTEN AND SPOKEN AT THE EXHIBITION OF THE "PRISONERS OF WAR DRAMATIC ASSOCIATION" RICHMOND, VA. NOV. 8, 1861.

[Richmond: 1861]. Broadside, 7-1/2" x 14". Old folds, with a small separation at their intersection [no text loss]. Text surrounded by a decorative border. Printed at the bottom: "Price 5 Cents." A few fox marks, Good+.

An unusual Confederate imprint, written by a Union prisoner whose poem is a critique of the food at Libby Prison. The first four lines: "Hail! modern writers, on the 'Art of Eating,'/ A prison Gastronome sends you his greeting:/ Requesting that the subject he proposes/ May not offend your 'honorable noses'."
"A prisoner at Libby Prison composed a long 'Prison Bill of Fare,' the formal poetic structure and diction an ironic contrast to the mock appreciation of the barely edible provender to be had in prison" [Nickels, 'Civil War Humor' 84, 152. U MS Press: 2010]. Fed a starvation diet of "doubtful swill," the men's "hungry eyes most starting from their sockets," they eat "with gusto a Confederate swill,/ That would a famished jackall surely kill."
Parrish & Willingham 6474 [2- Brown, U VA]. Crandall 3199 [1- U VA]. Hummel 4691 [1- U VA]. Not in Rudolph. OCLC 26185252 [2- AAS, U VA] as of June 2019. See, OCLC 32252919 [1- Brown] for a Providence printing "in blue in two columns divided by curvilinear line within red ornamental border." Item #35092

Price: $3,000.00

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