An American, NOT a Scotsman (1811)

ELY, Ezra Stiles (1786-1861)

William and Ellen: a poem in three cantos; with other poetical works of an American. Published for the Benefit of a helpless child

Published: New York, J.Seymour

Date: 1811

12mo (135 mm), 158 p., contemporary diced calf, double gilt fillet, spine gilt, a nice copy

Note
Sabin 104148 mistakenly attributed this to Eaglesfield [misspelt Englesfield] Smith, Scottish poet and surgeon, who had published William and Ellen, a tale, in 1796. It was restored to the Presbyterian divine at PBSA 70 (1976) 116-21. Cf Smith:............Their bodies scarr’d, and scratch’d, and hard, .............................They scarce a clout had on; ........................ Their hair and beards were long and rough, ..............................Their feet as hard as horn. With Ely:............Mild is the transit from the month of May ........................To Summer’s longer fructifying day; ........................For as the gentle waves succeed in train, ........................Or concords follow in Æolian strain... Having Ely’s verse fathered on him was not Eaglesfield Smith’s worst affliction. His best poem, The Sorrows of Yamba, a classic of the abolitionist movement, was first mauled by Hannah More, then attributed to her.

Condition
Very good

Binding
contemporary calf

£200

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