The Defence of Fort M'Henry [in] The Analectic Magazine, Vol. IV, No. 23. FRANCIS SCOTT KEY.

The Defence of Fort M'Henry [in] The Analectic Magazine, Vol. IV, No. 23.

Publisher: Philadelphia: Moses Thomas, November, 1814.
Edition: The first magazine appearance.
Bibliographical References: BAL 11081, G; Filby & Howard, Star-Spangled Books, B18.
Condition: Wrappers worn at the edges and a little stained; lower third lacking from the spine; very good copy, enclosed in a clamshell box.
Book ID: 26944


Octavo, original printed wrappers, untrimmed. Two plates.


¶ The Analectic Magazine for November, 1814, in original wrappers, which contains Key's four-stanza poem that soon after was given the new title of "The Star-Spangled Banner." Preceding the poem is a brief history of its origins that begins: "These lines have been already published in several of our newspapers . . . We think that their merit entitles them to preservation in some more permanent form than the columns of a daily paper. . ." As Filby & Howard document, this issue of the Analectic Magazine was published in early November, 1814, about seven weeks after the famous bombardment; the poem’s appearance here is preceded by numerous newspaper appearances and a few separate printings in small broadside formats, but this is its first publication in a "permanent" format. Contemporary ink signature of "John McClellan, Esq. / Woodstock" on the front wrapper. In 1950 Carroll Wilson wrote in Familiar Quotations (page 391) about the rarity of this issue of The Analectic Magazine in wrappers, stating that "No other copy of this . . . number is known to have survived in original state." Other copies have since come to light, but it is a rare survival. ¶ The two plates (portraits of Winfield Scott and Albert Pike) have been supplied to this copy from a bound volume and are slightly trimmed.

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