Boston: Printed for the Proprietors, by Hosea Sprague, No. 44, Marlborough Street, . First edition, and ex-library copy. Contemporary green morocco spine, red leather label, traces of marbled paper over scaleboard, 8.13 x 5.13 inches, , 288 pages. Paper over the boards nearly scraped away, with some chipping to the edges of the scaleboard; small gouge to the spine; some browning and occasional staining; one leaf trimmed a bit close in production; a good copy, complete. Item #19927
“Come, ye despisers of Columbian Song, / Ye tribes of *smut, ill-nature, folly, spleen,* / Who madly blend right sentiments with wrong, / And swear that blue, is red, and yellow green.” (“Address to American Critics,” by “Peter Quince,” New England Quarterly Magazine III, 286). An early American literary magazine, commenced in April, 1802 and which ran for three numbers (this volume being the last). Mott notes the magazine in the context of American literary taste in English verse, and in passing in the development of literary reviews in America, but without shedding any light on the editorship of this short-lived but entertaining effort. This number ranges across reports of the uses of Galvanic belts, to the organic composition of coffee, to causes and cures for seasickness, to anecdotes of Swedenborg, to reviews of such contemporary literature, including favorable essays on Seth Payson’s book on the Illuminati conspiracy and a favorable account of the December 22, 1802 address of John Quincy Adams at Plymouth. This copy with a few early violet ink library stamps in the front endpapers.