Place and Imprint: Baltimore: Published for the Editor by E. J. Coale, 1821 [&] Annapolis: Printed by Frederick Green, 1808.
Edition: First editions, albeit only the second volume of the second title is present.
Bibliographical References: American Imprints 4963 (Miscellaneous Selections); Sabin 12173.
Condition: Title-page of the first volume defective with "Miscellaneous Selections and" torn away and replaced at an early date with a blank; somewhat foxed; early annotations in ink on the title-page of the second volume; a good, sound copy, but alas one volume is defective and the other incomplete.
Book ID: 28069
Physical Description2 vols in 1, 12mo, modern quarter calf period-style, maroon leather spine label, gilt rules and lettering, both volumes untrimmed.
CommentsMiscellaneous Selections and Original Pieces is a commonplace anthology compiled by Marylander Elizabeth Chase (1767-1840), the sister of Samuel Chase, who was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. The contents, from both American and English sources, range from brief biographical sketches of other writers, excepts from Samuel Richardson, William Gilpin, commentary by Chase on Edmund Burke, a brief prose piece about the horrors of slavery - presumably by the editor, but unsigned - and several poems by an “Edgar” which have in the past been hopefully but speciously attributed to the young Edgar Allan Poe. The second title, though only present in its second volume, is quite similar to the first in tone and contents. The two volumes were apparently bound as is in the 19th century.