Publisher: London: Printed for T. Cadell, 1784.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: NCBEL II, 657.
Condition: Upper corner of the half-title narrowly clipped; intermittent foxing; but overall a clean copy.
Book ID: 21545
Description4to, recent full calf period style, brown leather label, gilt rules and lettering. Half-title present.
Comments¶ A collection of five plays by William Hayley (1745-1820), an industrious poet and divine who is best remembered now as a benevolent friend of William Blake. He produced a large number of poems, plays, and essays, as well as a valuable Life of William Cowper (London, 1803). ¶ Signed at top of title-page by an equally industrious and versatile American, Francis Hopkinson (“F.Hopkinson”), a signer of the Declaration of Independence and an important participant in the political, legal, and cultural activities of Colonial and Revolutionary America. Hopkinson (1737-1791) was an accomplished writer, musician, and artist, and his allegory on pre-Revolutionary events, A Pretty Story (1774) is considered the first work of American fiction.