A Collection of Essays and Fugitiv Writings. On Moral, Historical, Political and Literary Subjects

Price: 1,500.00 USD

Boston: I. Thomas and E. T. Andrews, 1790. xvi, 414 pages. 8vo, contemporary sheep with old hand-written spine label, chipped; binding well-rubbed and front joint tender but still sound; pages toned and with scattered staining; several pages chipped in margins with no loss of text; first and last several pages darkened at edges from leather binding; ownership signature dated June 1847 on the front blank. Boston, I. Thomas and E. T. Andrews, 1790. First edition of the first collection of Webster's writings. Overall, despite faults, a very good copy of this uncommon book. An early example of phonetic spelling. "In the essays ritten within the last yeer a considerable change of spelling iz introduced by way of experiment": this striking early attempt at a phonetic orthography was to find its final fruit in Webster's famous dictionary forty years later. The broad subject matter addresses Government, Education, Ettiquette, Finance, History, Native Americana, etc. The list of subscribers included John Adams (2 copies), twelve senators and numerous Massachusetts and Connecticut luminaries. -- Alston, III, 398; Evans 23053; Sabin 102344; Skeel 745; Howes W-203. First. very good.


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