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Culbertson, Rosamond. Rosamond: Or, a narrative of the captivity and sufferings of an American female under the Popish priests, in the island of Cuba ... Pittsburgh: John Sharp, 1848. 12mo (18.6 cm, 7.32"). 240 pp.; 2 plts. $425.00
Scandalous "true story" from the convent exposé genre: New Hampshire-born Rosamond runs away as a teenager to marry a soldier, only to end up widowed and alone in Havana, where she falls prey to a dissipated priest and lives as his captive mistress for five years — witnessing gambling, drinking, womanizing, and worse among the priesthood. The sensational tale, designed to play on anti-Catholic feeling among American Protestants, is supplemented with authoritatively presented information on Cuba and Havana culture, as well as on alleged Catholic history and practices.
The work was first published in serial form and then in book form in 1836; this is => the second American edition, illustrated with two striking wood engravings printed on blue paper: a portrait of the author and a depiction of the "Purgatory room."
Sabin 84032; Palau 278436 (for first British ed.). Recent plain blue cloth–covered boards, clean and fresh. Varying degrees of spotting and waterstaining throughout; some corners dog-eared. => A copy very readable in several senses! (41552) Please RESHELVE This.
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