Alas All's Vanity or A Leaf from the First American Edition of Several Poems by Anne Bradstreet Printed at Boston, Anno 1678. With an Essay by George Frisbie Whicher . . .

Publisher: New York: Printed by the Spiral Press for the Collectors' Bookshop, 1942.
Edition: First edition, number 22 of 105 numbered copies.
Bibliographical References: Disbound and Dispersed: The Leaf Book Reconsidered, 91; OCLC 13635189.
Condition: Fine copy.
Book ID: 27642


8vo, original red cloth spine, marbled boards and printed paper label. Original leaf and two facsimiles of title-pages.


A fine example of the scholarly leaf book, published by John Van Kohn's Collectors' Book Shop in New York, which specialized in first editions of English and American literature. The leaf in this copy is D4, pages 51-52, which consists of 57 lines from the "Four Ages of Man." "Childhood and Youth (forgot) I've sometimes seen / And now am grown more staid who have bin green / What they have done, the same was done by me, / As was their praise or shame, so mine must be." Anne Bradstreet's Several Poems is the first work of poetry or literary work of any kind published in the English Colonies. Original receipt from the Collectors' Bookshop to John J. Slocum, dated March 4, 1942, laid in.

Price: $2,250.00

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