Washington [Pennsylvania]: Printed by John Colerick, 1798. Later edition of each title. 2 vols in 1, 12mo, original calf, red leather label, gilt rules and lettering, ix [i.e., iv], 133, ; , vi, , x-xii, 203,  pages. Some light foxing throughout; boards bowed, cheap paper stock a bit dog-eared along the lower edges, some light rubbing and wear; a very good copy. Item #18380
Two important works from the student and disciple of Jonathan Edwards, New Light theologian, and enthusiast for the Great Awakening, first published in Boston in 1759—but more interesting perhaps as an ambitious publication for an early press west of the Alleghenies. Irish-born John Colerick had come to America around 1797 and established himself in Washington, Penna., stepping into the helm of the Western Telegraph (or Western Telegraphe, as in the imprint of the second title here), evidently the second American newspaper established in Western Pennsylvania, after the Pittsburgh Gazette. (Colerick’s later publication of David Bruce’s Poems chiefly in the Scottish Dialect in 1801 marked the first publication of a volume of poems west of the Alleghenies.) This copy with numerous contemporary and slightly later ink genealogical annotations in the endpapers and the blank verso of the final page of text, relating to the births and deaths (from the 1790s) of the Shepler-Hammond family; genealogical and public records put this family in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania at the time of publication and later has the family in Muskingum County, Ohio—an altogether appropriate migration pattern for a book of this sort. Evans 33396; Evans 33397. Small flaw to one leaf, affecting a few letters but with no loss of sense.