The Trollopiad; or, Travelling Gentlemen in America. A Satire, by Nil Admirari [pseud], Esq. Frederick William Shelton.

The Trollopiad; or, Travelling Gentlemen in America. A Satire, by Nil Admirari [pseud], Esq.

New-York: C. Shepard; Providence: Shepard, Tingley & Co., 1837. First edition. 12mo, original ribbon-embossed brown cloth, gilt lettering, 151, [1] pages. Spine faded, with some evidence of light damp-staining to the cloth; light damp-staining along the lower margin asnd gutter throughout, with some foxing; a good, sound copy. Item #19656

“What! must I always hear, nor e’er reply, / And shall John Bull for ever rend the sky? / Shall Owen, in a voice as thunder loud, / Shout like Gracchus to the assembled crowd, / And brawling Fanny teach the atheist clan, / The rights of women, and the wrongs of man?” (Shelton’s footnotes gloss Robert Dale Owen as “An infidel, agrarian, &c.” and Fanny Wright as “A notorious virago of the Woolstonecraft [sic] school, who has been brawling publicly in the halls and theatres of our cities on the rights of women, &c. Her ideas are at variance with those of society in general on several points of minor importance, such as matrimony and the Christian religion.” His account of Wright continues for some three pages.) Typical of the prickly reactionary response to contemporary foreign accounts of American life, a satirical attack in verse on the (critical) published accounts of travel in America, aimed especially at Frances Trollope (though Kemble’s account also here receives no favors at Shelton’s hand). Semi-legible ink autograph signature at the head of the title page. Howes S-381.

Price: $150.00

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