The Vision of Columbus. A Poem in Nine Parts.
Hartford, CT: Hudson and Goodwin, 1787. Second Edition. Hardcover. Second edition retaining the dedication to the King of France which was omitted from the first English edition. Evans 20221; BAL 865; Sabin 3435. Barlow's first significant work. "In common with most of his contemporaries, Barlow lacked any marked poetic talent (though he did not hesitate to rank himself with Virgil), yet an occasional line of his possesses more than ordinary merit. He was one of the true prophets of Nationalism, as may be seen in his Vision of Columbus, later expanded into The Columbiad (1807). This, despite its tediousness and imitative quality, helped to bridge the gap between the Revolution and the true national flowering of the early nineteenth century." (see Fullerton, Selective Bibliography of American Literature 1775- 1900, p. 19). From the library of well-known American poet and collector, Lewis Turco. Noted flaws notwithstanding, a quite presentable and very readable copy of this renowned (if overblown) volume. Good. No DJ, as Issued. Item #4992 Moderate/heave shelf/edge wear, both hinges cracked (rear cords tight, one cord remaining at front), tips/bottom edges through, minor chipping at spine edges and label, ownership signatures at front pastedown, light even toning throughout, Full brown leather boards, burgundy leather spine label, gilt lettering. 12mo. 258pp plus 5pp listing Subscribers.