Item #20480 Poems, on Various Subjects. By Isabella Oliver, of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. Isabella Oliver, later Sharp.
Poems, on Various Subjects. By Isabella Oliver, of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania.

Poems, on Various Subjects. By Isabella Oliver, of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania.

Carlisle [Penna.]: From the Press of A. Louden (Whitehall), 1805. First edition. 12mo (6.88 x 4.38 inches), contemporary calf, leather spine label, gilt lettering, 220 pages. Boards a bit bowed and rubbed; some light foxing and staining; a very good copy. Item #20480

“When she [Miss Oliver] was solicited to make a collection for publication, not being a ready writer herself, she dictated them to another person, who wrote them down.” Includes patriotic pieces on the death of Hamilton, an elegy on Dr. Witherspoon of Princeton, and a lengthy piece on slavery: “America! wipe out this dire disgrace, / Which stains the brightest glories of thy face.” Includes a substantial subscription list, suggesting the fatherless Miss Oliver was well-regarded both as local poet and as a neighbor. Penciled ownership signatures to the front blank of Mariah Nevius (dated 1819) and then with additional surnames below that. Closed tear to one subscription leaf, with no loss. Stoddard & Whitesell 792; Wegelin 1072.

Price: $250.00

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