Item #21244 A contemporary nonce volume, collecting three novels (and a parts issue section or perhaps second collected volume of a fourth) by the popular radical novelist. George Lippard.

A contemporary nonce volume, collecting three novels (and a parts issue section or perhaps second collected volume of a fourth) by the popular radical novelist.

Philadelphia: T. B. Peterson, various dates. Later printings of each title. Four titles bound in one (9.13 x 6 inches), contemporary red diced half sheep, marbled sides, 351, [1]; [207]-494; 239, [1]; [i-ii], [11]-136 pages. Fragile sheep rubbed, front hinge cracked but holding; some damp-staining to the outer corners throughout; a good, sound copy. Item #21244

"From the dirk, or the pistol, or the club, God alone can save me. For these things in the hands of cowards, paid by cowards, strike from dark alleys, stab in the back, and shoot through windows, even as you sit by the light of your fireside candle. But this one consolation I have; *not even the assassin's blow can delay the publication of this Book, for out it must come, out it will come, whether the Author lives or dies.*"

Some measure of the contemporary popularity of the radical novelist and reformer Lippard, who had a flair for persecuted self-promotion (see the excerpt above from his introduction the Nazarene), here collecting reissues of titles ranging from his patriotic romances, to a novel to a substantial fragment of his violent and sexual Gothic exposé of the hypocrisy of the Philadelphia upper classes, The Quaker City, which had originally been published in parts (explaining perhaps the fragment here).

The titles here collected are,

1. Blanche of the Brandywine; or September the Eleventh, 1777. A Romance. Philadelphia: T. B. Peterson, No. 102 Chesnut [sic] Street, (1846). See BAL 11777: "There were three or more reprints issued by T. B. Peterson, Philadelphia, under the date <1846>."

2. The Quaker City, Volume II. Booth the Third. The Second Night. Mabel . . . [caption title]. [Philadelphia, ca. 1846].

3. The Nazarene; or, The Last of the Washingtons. A Revelation of Philadelphia, New York, and Washington, in the Year 1844. Philadelphia: T. B. Peterson, No. 102 Chestnut Street, (1854). BAL 11805 (this edition): "Reprint of the 1846 publication. Reprinted and reissued with the publisher's later address in the imprint: 306 Chestnut Street."

4. Legends of Mexico. Philadelphia: T. B. Peterson, No. 102 Chestnut Street, (1847). BAL 11781 (the Peterson edition with 98 Chestnut street in the imprint): "Note Several Peterson reprints were issued; each under the date <1847>." The Nazarenes includes the first outlines of Lippard's scheme to create a secret society or Brotherhood to reform labor and rescue "the White Slaves of Philadelphia."

This volume with an early bookplate on the front pastedown for the lawyer William H. M. Oram of Shamokin, Pennsyvlania; a political biography of Oram in the Sunbury Weekly of 29 October 1891 reports his date of birth in Philadelphia in 1842 and his education in the Quaker City, along with his "close application as a student and his continuous application to literary pursuits," suggest Oram may well have cut his literary teeth on Lippard, who was active in the city until his death in 1854. Oram seems likely to have had these volumes bound up sometime in the 1870s. With a later 19th century social society library label on the front pastedown, but no other evident library marks.

Even in reprints, early editions of Lippard's novels are not particularly common on the market.

Price: $450.00

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