2 vols, 12mo, pp. I: xii, 322, II: vii, , 344; a fine copy in contemporary green half calf and marbled boards, flat spine gilt in compartments, gilt red morocco lettering pieces; ownership signature of Jane Hutchinson, 1810.
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Memoirs of an American Lady; with Sketches of Manners and Scenery in America, as they existed previous to the Revolution … In two Volumes … second Edition.
Second edition of Memoirs, first published in 1808. The American lady is Catalina Schuyler, the widow of Col. Philip Schuyler, the author’s ‘earliest and most valuable friend’, who helped to guide her early education in America.
Anne Grant was born in Glasgow in 1755, the daughter of an army officer who in 1758 was posted to America, where his family joined him at Albany, New York. Although they returned to Scotland when Anne was only thirteen, her memories of her colonial childhood offers a remarkable reconstruction of the life and manners of the time, evoking a world that was soon to be destroyed by the War of Independence. Particularly attractive is her account of friendship with the Mohawk tribes.
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Poems, &c. written by Mr. Ed. Waller … and printed by a Copy of his own Hand-Writing. All the lyrick Poems in this Booke were set by Mr. Henry Lawes, Gent. of the Kings Chappell, and one of his Majesties private Musick. Printed and published according to Order.
Second (but first licensed) edition of Waller’s first and most important collection, published while he was in exile, and shortly preceded by an unlicensed volume, Workes (London, Thomas Walkley, 1645) (Wing W 495) – ‘an adulterate Copy, surreptitiously and illegally imprinted, to the derogation of the Author, and the abuse of the Buyer’ (prefatory ‘Advertisement to the Reader’).
ON AMERICAN DEMOCRACY LEWIS, Wyndham.
America and Cosmic Man.
First edition, second state binding as always (the first, in green cloth, was rejected by Lewis as ‘hideous’ and was used on only 3 trial copies). In hand by 1943, not finished until 1946 and then rejected by American publishers until it finally found a British home in 1948, America and Cosmic Man is ‘a work of considerable interest’, ‘concerned with the nature of American democracy, and the formative influences which have made it what it is’, namely the ‘beautiful polarity’ of Hamiltonian centralizing authoritarianism and Jeffersonian decentralizing libertarianism (Bridson, Filibuster). Lewis’s earlier distrust of FDR and the New Deal was here put fully in reverse, though he still, as ever, has plenty of time for criticism – lack of culture, over-commercialism, discrimination, etc.