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The Columbiad a poem.

Barlow, Joel.

Published by Pr. by Fry & Kammerer for C. & A. Conrad and Co., Philadelphia, 1807
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First edition. This is not Snowden's 1795 Columbiad, or a Poem on the American War, but rather Barlow's expanded version of his "Vision of Columbus," an epic account of Christopher Columbus's voyage and other European explorations of North America, leading up to the Revolutionary War and the birth of the United States before predicting the spread of the federal system and eventual peace among all nations. Wegelin calls this edition "one of the finest Specimens of early American bookmaking"; the volume is illustrated with a portrait of Barlow and other steel-engraved plates done variously by Anker Smith, Bromley, Parker and Goulding, Heath, and others after paintings by Smirke, including "Capac and Oella Instructing the Peruvians in Agriculture and Spinning" and "The Murder of Lucinda" (by Mohawks). 4to (28.8 cm, 11.4"). xvi, 454 pp.; 10 plts. (lacking 2). BAL 906, B state (sequence not determined); Sabin 3416; Shaw & Shoemaker 12083. Wegelin, Early American Poetry, 7. Contemporary treed sheep, spine with gilt-stamped title and decorative gilt-stamped bands; binding much rubbed and abraded, front cover separating. Ex?social club library: 19th-century bookplate, call number on endpaper, title-page pressure-stamped, no other markings. Title-page with upper outer portion excised some time ago (resulting in loss of "The," leaving behind the descender of a cut-away inked letter on the M of "Columbiad"). Two plates (of 12) lacking. Some light spotting, offsetting from plates (especially to title-page). A battered but still respectable copy. Bookseller Inventory # 26947

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Title: The Columbiad a poem.

Publisher: Pr. by Fry & Kammerer for C. & A. Conrad and Co., Philadelphia

Publication Date: 1807

Edition: 1st Edition

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