Publisher: Philadelphia: John Watts, 1806.
Edition: First edition with Dennie’s editorial and critical contributions.
Bibliographical References: BAL 4639; American Bibliography 10899.
Condition: Binding worn; very good copy.
Book ID: 15729
Description4to, contemporary quarter calf, marbled boards, gilt rules and lettering. Two plates.
CommentsAn American edition of Moore’s poems, notable for its 74-page essay on the poet in which Dennie (then editor of the Port Folio magazine) attacks his subject, his “abuse of vocabulary,” etc., and states: “It is on subjects of love . . . that Moore is commonly found to bring into one focus all that is reprehensible in his writing; a taste the most uncultivated, whether in sentiment or language. It is here he assembled words tawdry or misapplied, thought notable only for vapidity, and a phraseology for which candor itself can find no name more gentle than that of puerile.” Dennie does conclude with some respectful words for Moore’s misused talent.