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Author Name    Smith, Elihu (editor)

Title   AMERICAN POEMS SELECTED AND ORIGINAL. Vol 1. (the only volume published; also known as "The Litchfield Anthology")

Binding   Full calf

Book Condition   Good

Edition   First Edition

Publisher   Litchfield Collier and Buell [1793]

Seller ID   860

12mo (4 x 7). pp. 304; list of subscribers [305-310]; and errata [311]. Collated and complete*. Contemporary mottled calf with gilt ruling to the spine. This copy has the printer's monogram device on the title page and the two blank leaves following [A4] as does the AAS copy.

The first substantial anthology of American poetry that includes works by John Trumbull, William Dunlap, Timothy Dwight, Joel Barlow, William Livingston, Philip Freneau and Sarah Wentworth Apthorp Morton. Morton, a federalist era woman poet, was known by her contemporaries as the "American Sappho", and makes her appearance in this anthology as "Philenia, A Lady of Boston".

This collection is of historical significance as it contains one of the earliest anti-slavery poems written in America (p.217), "The Speech of Hesper," written as a Federalist tract to influence the Constitutional Convention, as well as some of the first book appearances of Sarah Wentworth Apthorp Morton's works. Smith had intended a second volume, but died in 1794 of yellow fever during an epidemic in New York before he could begin work on it. AAS 332255; ESTC W4444; BAL 4976 (Dunlap); BAL 5046 (Dwight); BAL 14556 (Morton) and BAL 20545 (Trumbull).

A very clean and slightly toned copy in the original calf; front board detached and the rear board attached by the cords; spine label perished; rubbing and chipping to the extremities. Housed in a custom cloth chemise and slipcase. *AAS: [A] C-U W X-2R (2R4 verso blank).

Price = 1000.00 USD



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