Rhymes of the Times and Other Chimes.
Author-poet Caspar Bruchhausen (1806-1891) was a homeopathist physician. The book’s more interesting poems (pp92-119) reveal his perspectives on the American Civil War and Reconstruction.
The poem “Emancipation January 1, 1863” argues against the Southern view that “Blacks Will not fight!” by pointing out revolts in Haiti and the fight against “haughty Spain” who: “lately tried a foothold to attain. Attempts at re-enslavement are in vain.” Another poem briefly versifies the Republican Party platform, concluding: “We will fight it out on this line of true reconstruction, / That man, not his color the franchise enjoy ; / Neither force of the Kuklux or blander seduction, / Shall alter the platform or add an alloy.”
The frontispiece is a mounted albumen portrait of Bruchhausen who has signed his autograph beneath it. The book’s copyright was entered by homeopathic publisher, bookseller, and 1869 co-founder of Hahnemann Hospital in New York City in 1869. Bruchhausen emigrated from Prussia to Philadelphia and studied under Drs. Frederick Gray and A. Gerald Hull, practitioners in New York City. He lived, variously, in Greene, Oxford and Norwich, New York. This is his first and only book of poetry.
Description: Rhymes of the Times and Other Chimes.
New York: NP., 1870. Frontispiece, 10,  pages, all-edges gilt. First edition. Original decorated cloth binding stamped in blind and gilt. Spine slightly dulled; cornertips rubbed; toning and scattered foxing; very good.