Hartford: Printed by Hudson and Goodwin, for the Author, 1787. First edition. 8vo (8 x 5 inches), original sheep, red leather label, gilt rules and lettering, 258,  pages, all edges stained green. Frontispiece portrait. Fragile binding somewhat rubbed; frontis a bit browned and stained, with some light scattered foxing throughout; in very good condition. Item #21033
The early American epic that helped shape the Columbus “discovery” story into part of the evolving national identity, as well as a vision of the new nation’s achievements and growth in both commerce and the arts. The subscription list boasts at its head King Louis XVI of France, President Washington, and Lafayette. This copy with leaf K4 excised by the publisher, as seen in a number of copies. BAL 865; Stoddard & Whitesell 369; Evans 20220.