M’Fingal: A Modern Epic Poem in Four Cantos.
Place and Imprint: Philadelphia: From the Press of Mathew Carey, 1791.
Edition: Second complete edition published by Carey in Philadelphia, preceded by four complete editions published in Hartford and Boston and one by Carey, in 1787.
Bibliographical References: BAL 20558; Evans 23841; ESTC W6501.
Condition: Binding well rubbed, but sound; some browning to the text; overall a very good copy.
Book ID: 28672
Physical Description12mo, contemporary sprinkled calf. Publisher's advertisements on the verso of the final leaf of text.
CommentsOne of the great poems of the American Revolution, the first part which was written at the instigation of several members of the first Congress who wanted a satirical poem on the events of 1775 and the stupidity of the British in colonial affairs. In 1782 Trumbull added two more cantos and the first complete edition was published at Hartford; its popularity soon spread and M’Fingal became one of the most reprinted poems of late 18th century American literature. It remains today a cornerstone work of early American poetry and of the Hartford Wits literary circle.
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