Philadelphia: James Webster, 1817. Full Leather. near Very Good binding. Item #4862
Octavo. xv, , 427, , xii, [1, (errata)] pp. First Edition. Contemporary calf with morocco title label on the spine; contemporary printed paper number label at the base of the spine; joints and edges rubbed, but largely a well preserved binding. Title page and frontispiece are laid in from another copy of the first edition; it is tough to know at what point they were married, but the title page is from the first edition and the book itself is as well, with the errata page at the end as well as all the errors that were corrected for the subsequent edition in 1818. Modern bookplate on the front pastedown several owner names, one being David Creamer (Baltimore 1863). Creamer was Baltimore businessman and collector of hymnbooks--Drew University in New Jersey houses his collection that was donated in 1868--the largest and earliest American collection that is still together. He authored “Methodist Hymnology” (1848) the first American commentary on Wesleyan hymns. An interesting association. Lacking rear free endpaper; toning and foxing throughout the text. While historians have taken issue with Wirt's romanticization of Henry and the questionable manner in which he researched and rendered Henry's speeches, this remains an important biography in how it captures the spirit and enthusiasm of the early Republic and how it viewed the heroes of the Revolution. Uncommon first edition. Sabin 104882; Shaw and Shoemaker 42937; Howes W586.