Publisher: Paris: Printed at the English Press and Sold by Barrois and R. Thomson, 1793.
Bibliographical References: BAL 877.
Condition: Edges rubbed; slight tear in the lower margin of the frontis; foxing, particularly to the prelims; very good copy.
Book ID: 19294
Description8vo, contemporary tree calf, red leather label, gilt lettering. Engraved frontis portrait.
CommentsAn important edition of Barlow’s famous poem, with a prefatory note by him discussing the earlier editions, an appendix to the introduction, revisions to the text, and the joint appearance of this poem with his Conspiracy of Kings (first published the year before in London). The Vision of Columbus was to become the most rewritten and enlarged of all early American poems (foreshadowing Leaves of Grass), and it eventually emerged in the early 19th century as The Columbiad. The engraved frontis portrait of Barlow is often wanting.