New York: Craighead and Allen, Printers, 1835. First edition. 12mo, original blue cloth spine, marbled boards, 132 pages. Damp-stain tide mark to the bottom three-quarters of the entire text block, with some associated spotting and foxing throughout; spine and boards a bit rubbed and soiled; a good, sound copy only. Item #17332
"Where bleach thy bones, my faithful cat, / Alas! I do not know; I only know that thou has gone / Where all at last must go." Though Rev. Phelps' blank-verse religious epic has its own appeal (he deploys a volcano with evident relish in order to destroy Rome), the appended pieces from Harriette take a more intimate approach to such topics as death, hope and, in one instance, her Nativist sentiment. Most moving is Harriette's elegy, "To My Dead Cat," which mourns the death of a beloved pet left behind in a childhood home. Contemporary ownership inscription on the front free blank. American Imprints 33673; Davis & Joyce 2048 (under Gilbert).