Juvenile Poems on Various Subjects. With The Prince of Parthia, A Tragedy . . . To which is Prefixed Some Account of the Author and His Writings. THOMAS GODFREY.

Juvenile Poems on Various Subjects. With The Prince of Parthia, A Tragedy . . . To which is Prefixed Some Account of the Author and His Writings.

Publisher: Philadelphia: Printed by Henry Miller, 1765.
Edition: First and only edition.
Bibliographical References: Stoddard & Whitesell 176; Evans 9983; Sabin 27658.
Condition: A fine, handsome copy, with generous margins.
Book ID: 25654

Description

4to, recent period style rust-brown morocco by Philip Dusel, green morocco label, gilt decorations and lettering. Four-page list of subscribers.

Comments

¶ The collected works of Philadelphian Thomas Godfrey (1736-63), edited by fellow poet Nathaniel Evans. It includes the first publication of Godfrey's play, The Prince of Parthia ("the first drama written by a native American to be produced upon the professional stage" - DAB), over 20 poems by Godfrey, two poems written in Godfrey's memory by J. Green and Nathaniel Evans, and the 20-page introduction by Evans: "Some Account of the Author and His Writings." In addition to its importance in the history of American theater, Godfrey's Juvenile Poems is one of the earliest examples of an elaborate treatment of an American author and his works. It is, as well, a fine example of American printing of the period by John Henry Miller (1702-1782) of Philadelphia. ¶ Contemporary ink ownership signature of Geo. Campbell on the title-page, with what appear to be his ownership annotations in faded pencil above the title.

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