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Gertrude of Wyoming; a Pennsylvanian Tale.
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Gertrude of Wyoming; a Pennsylvanian Tale.

And other Poems.

Published: London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, 1809

Stock code: 108210

Price: £200

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First edition of Campbell’s popular long poem, based on the Wyoming Massacre of 1778, when American Patriots were attacked by Loyalists and their Iroquois allies in the Wyoming Valley of Pennsylvania. “Gertrude of Wyoming was well received, although not as extravagantly as [Campbell’s earlier long poem] The Pleasures of Hope. Its vision of pastoral innocence evoked only to be destroyed by the savagery of war (embodied in this case by Mohawk allies of the British) was in tune with an increasing taste for pathos… the poem retained its popularity for many years, particularly in the United States” (ODNB). This appealing copy has, on the rear free endpaper, the attractive embossed bookseller’s ticket of James Augustus Hessey (Hessey, in partnership with John Taylor, published John Keats and John Clare).

Quarto (273 x 220 mm). Contemporary calf, spine panelled in blind, gilt tooled on the raised bands, with a central gilt lyre motif, brown morocco label, sides with concentric gilt and blind panels, marbled edges & endpapers. Contemporary armorial bookplate of Jacob George Wrench (prominent in the Draper’s Company). Joints a little rubbed, a few scrapes to binding, a touch of foxing in places otherwise a very good copy.

Bibliography: CBEL II 262.

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