The Life and Reflections of Charles Observator: In which are Displayed, the Real Characters of Human Life. American Fiction, Elijah R. Sabin.

The Life and Reflections of Charles Observator: In which are Displayed, the Real Characters of Human Life.

Boston: Rowe & Hooper, 1816. First edition. 8vo, contemporary calf, tan morocco spine label, gilt rules and lettering, 271, [1] pages. Slightly rubbed, boards a little bowed; light pervasive foxing throughout; a very good copy. Item #19608

From a Methodist itinerant and intimate of Lorenzo Dow comes this New England novel of manners, partially epistolary. (With such characters and Jack Upstart and Tim Ignoramus appearing in the pages, one suspects an edifying motive behind the plot.) Early ink ownership signature of Daniel Singletary of Hopkinton [Mass.] in the endpapers, with Singletary's small book label on the front paste-down and the early bookseller ticket for Loring of Boston (dated 1819) on the front paste-down. Singletary exhibits a gift for gnomic marginalia, with a few neat ink notations in the lower margins of a few pages referring to various unimportant points of the text such as frogs, the benefits of marriage, a $1000 prize, etc. Wright I, 2264; Sabin 74671.

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