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Caption title:] Long Tom's Pilgrimage.


Published by [New Haven, 1829
From Upper Valley Books & Paper (Ascutney, VT, U.S.A.)

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Single sheet, approximately 9 x 11 inches; printed recto only on two columns in black ink; wood engraved border; edges slightly worn and browned at top; very good overall. First edition of this uncommon satirical broadside verse attributed to a Mexican student about his Yale instructor. The author, Pena, apparently was expelled from Yale after the broadside was printed to limited distribution. The verse pokes fun at Yale Tutor Long Tom, not sparing even his physical appearance: "Red are his cheeks, as the unfolding rose / Vieing in colour with his sun-burnt nose!" (Column 1, lines 15-16). Tom sets off on a pilgrimage to Greece and Turkey to share his wisdom: "A tutorship is mine in that same college / From whence I came to show the world my knowledge" (Column 2, lines 3-4). When he returns to Yale, it becomes apparent that his students have little interest in his teaching, as they all give different excuses about why they've not done their work for class. A note with the copy at Yale indicates the tutor was said to be George Jones, BA 1823. The printer is unknown. See Yale Digital Images Database. American Imprints 39988. WorldCat locates four copies (Yale, Conn Historical, Brown, & Harvard). Bookseller Inventory # 4593

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Title: Caption title:] Long Tom's Pilgrimage.

Publisher: [New Haven

Publication Date: 1829

Edition: 1st Edition

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