First edition of Specimens of American Poetry by Samuel Kettell.
Small octavo, [three volumes], xlviii, 353pp; x, 408pp; x, 406pp. Modern binding, tan paper boards with brown cloth spines, title in black on orange paper labels affixed to spines. New endpapers and flyleaves. No additional printings listed on copyright page. Untrimmed pages. Solid text blocks, a touch of sunning to top of front covers. Foxing and toning throughout. Dampstaining to bottom of a few leaves in Volume I. Small stain to bottom of text block in Volume III, not affecting text. Previous owners’ names written in ink on title pages, occasional marginalia. (BAL 3251) (Sabin 37655)
Specimens of American Poetry is the first comprehensive anthology specifically focusing on American poets.