AMERICA BEFORE THE REVOLUTION

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.

London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme … J. Hatchard … and Mrs. H. Cook … 1809.

2 vols, 12mo, pp. I: xii, 322, II: vii, [1], 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.

£200

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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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