[drop head title] An Elegiac Poem on the Death of General George Washington,

[Washington (George)] [CALDWELL (Charles)]

[drop head title] An Elegiac Poem on the Death of General George Washington,

Commander in Chief of the Armies of the United States. Dedicated to the Patrons of The True American. At the Commencement of the Year 1800.

Description: broadside, verse of 252 lines, printed on cream-coloured silk, text in three columns, surrounded by an ornamental border and with a cartouche at the head featuring 2 putti and emblems of war, split horizontally at the centre with the loss of a couple of letters, mild staining at top and bottom, small hole between 2 lines of the title, neatly attached to an acid free card and enclosed in a custom card folder with cloth joints,

Publication Details: [Philadelphia: Samuel F. Bradford], 1800

Notes: An extremely rare (and delicate) instant memorial to Washington, who had died on December 14th. In the Advertisement to the pamphlet edition of the poem (expanded to 332 lines) 'Printed at the Office of "The True American"', 1800, the author speaks of part of the poem having been printed as a hand-bill and circulated among the Patrons of The True American. We imagine that the version distributed with the newspaper was on paper, and that only a very small number were printed on silk for special presentation. 'The commencement of the year' seems to refer to New Year's Day, so technically the dat...more

Bibliography: (cf Stillwell, M.C. Washington eulogies, 310; cf. Evans, 37079; cf. ESTC W015116)

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Price: £7,500

Subject: History

Published Date: 1800

Stock Number: 59358

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