The Poetical and Prose Writings of . . . The Milford Bard, containing Moral, Sentimental, Humorous, and Patriotic Poems and Essays.

Baltimore: John Murphy, Printer and Publisher; Puttsburg [sic]: George Quigley, 1846. First edition. 8vo, 19th century pebbled half mororro, marbled sides, 332, [4] pages. Frontis portrait, title page printed in red and blue. Six plates, plus presentation leaf printed in red ink. Heavy marbled front free endpaper cracking at the hinge; some light foxing or soiling to the plates; some offset from the frontis; a very good copy. Item #18891

Collected verses from one of Delaware’s earliest poets, John Lofland (1798-1849), a habitual laudanum user and free thinker whose fluent and frequent and sometimes curious verses enjoyed a certain vogue. (See the posthumous memoir collected in his 1853 edition of his collected works.) Lofland seems to have inspired affection among literary women of Baltimore during his time there and cherished as something of an eccentric literary figure. Amid the verses collected here are short prose pieces, including a piece on the philosophy of mesmerism. With the attractive book plate of D. R. Good, M. D. of Osceola Mills, Penna. on the front paste-down. Offset from a later newspaper clipping mounted to the blank verso of a plate to a facing page of text.

Price: $250.00