SMALL, William F. Guadaloupe: A Tale of Love and War, By One Who Served in the Campaign of 1846-7, in the Late War with Mexico. Philadelphia: Jas. B. Smith & Co., No. 27 South Seventh Street, 1860. [1-5] 6-156,  2-12 [ads] pp., frontispiece steel engraving. 12mo (19 x 13 cm), original blind-embossed pebble terracotta cloth, spine gilt lettered and decorated. Exceptionally fine copy. With author’s ink initialled presentation to Lieut. Col. George S. Wells, August 26, 1861, on front free endpaper. Scattered pencil corrections presumably in author’s hand throughout. Rare. Many of the copies on OCLC are electronic.
First edition. Garrett & Goodwin, p. 279. Sabin 82205.
Love story in verse about Randolph St. Charles who, after matriculating Princeton University, meets Linda, with whom he falls in love. The two are caught, however, in what appears to be a compromising position, and Linda is sent to the hinterlands to live with her aunt. Randolph returns home, where he falls in love with Ada. The Mexican-American War calls, however, and Randolph intends to enroll in the military, where the story ends. Some passages make one believe the poem is partly autobiographical.