Santa Rosa, Ca. 1890. 76,56pp. Front cover detached, rear cover lacking; cover chipped, soiled. Ink stamp on title page. Outer leaves lightly chipped, text lightly toned. Good. Item #2188
A curious volume of epic poetry, "Dictated by Conscience." The Book of Washington contains seven pieces of verse, only one of which relates to George Washington. The remainder of the volume centers on characters from The Merchant of Venice, and indeed the second segment of text here is called The Book of Portia. A search of OCLC returns a record for The Book of Washington as a single work of 76pp., and another shows it included as part of a much larger work by the same author entitled Voice of Original America, which also includes the second text in the present copy. The front cover of the piece is printed with the title "Gabriel's Trumpet," which is the name of the first and longest section of the Voice of Original America (not present here). Both of these records show only a single copy, at UC Berkeley. Obscure and epic Shakespeare-adjacent verse, with a potentially interesting printing history.