Peculiar: A Tale of the Great Transition.
From slavery to emancipation, popular Civil War era fiction written by this Gloucester, Massachusetts native about the emancipated male African American slave “Peculiar Institution”, a.k.a. “Peek”, who goes on to fight in the Union Army. Reportedly over 6,000 copies of Sargent’s book were printed, the book being published after African Americans had been allowed to fight, and after several prominent battles featuring their gallant actions.¹ (ANB)
Description: Peculiar: A Tale of the Great Transition.
New York: Carleton, 1864. iv, –500pp. 12mo. First edition. Original cloth. Lower joint with small holes to cloth and small areas of loss adjacent to head and foot of spine; faintest to faint dampstaining in bottom margins from about pp435 to book’s conclusion, and seen also to rear endpapers. A very good copy or better.
BAL 17251, Binding A, conforming to all points. Wright II:2153. Note. 1. Sarah N. Roth, Gender and Race in Antebellum Popular Culture(Cambridge, 2014).