Hartford: 1785. , 304 pp, plus a frontis portrait of Dwight by Leney [2 Stauffer 1747], which is not part of the collation. Scattered and generally light foxing. Modern calf, gilt-lettered spine. Without the errata leaf, which is "not present in all examined copies" [BAL]. The signature 'L' is present. About Very Good.
Dwight called this the first epic poem "to appear in America. It consists of eleven books in rhymed pentameters, and was an audacious attempt to give the New World an epic such as the Iliad was to Greece, and the Aeneid, to Rome" [DAB]. Dwight and the other Hartford Wits "kept American poetry alive during the troubled years that followed the Revolution...[It] has here and there a stanza, phrase or sentence prophetic of a national literature to come" [Fullerton].
FIRST EDITION. Evans 18996. Wegelin 128. BAL 5040. V DAB 575. Fullerton 91. Singerman 0061. Item #33052