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Witch of the Westcot : A Tale of Nova Scotia - SHIELS, Andrew HOWE, Joseph - 1831. 
Joseph Howe, Halifax, 1831, - SHIELS, Andrew. The Witch of the Westcot : A Tale of Nova Scotia, in three cantos; and other Waste Leaves of Literature . Halifax: printed and published by Joseph Howe, 1831. First Edition. Pp. (10),-213,(11) of notes at rear. 8vo, brown paper covered boards with green cloth spine. A collection of poems by the Scottish-born emigrant to Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, highlighted by the ambitious title poem, which is an historical poem about the massacre of natives in the Dartmouth region shortly after the founding of the town on the shores Halifax Harbour in 1751. This particular volume by the "bard of Ellenvale" was published by eminent Nova Scotian Joseph Howe, of whom Shiels was an ardent supporter. This is one of the earlier volumes published by Howe, printed when Howe was only 27. Also includes: "Legend of Loon", "The Truant and Foamwreath", "The Ploughman, an Ode", "The Cot and the Yardie", "Flower of Friendship", "The Coxcomb and Countryman", "Stanzas to a Scottish Thistle", "Stanzas to T----n", "Friendship", "St. Patrick's Day Song", "Anthem of Albyn, song", and "The pier of Leith, song". Outer hinges split, the title label on browned spine is missing, 2" X 0.5" chunk missing from upper right corner of front board with another similar-sized portion tenuously attached, smaller chip to bottom right front corner, crack between pp. 16-17, pp. 35-38 loose, the following leaves are nearly detached: 3-6, 9-14, 91-94, 115-118, 131-134, 155-158, 211-213(1), some marginal smudging and foxing, a couple of small white spots to boards, else vg. 2,000.00 [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
[Bookseller: John W. Doull, Bookseller (A.B.A.C.)]
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