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Seward, Anna [1742 - 1809]. [André, John. 1751 - 1780]
MONODY On MAJOR ANDRE. By Miss Seward. (Author of the Elegy on Capt. Cook.); To Which Are Added LETTERS ADDRESSED To HER By Major Andrè, in the Year 1769
Printed and Sold by J. Jackson, for the Author, Lichfield, 1781. [2], vi, 47, [1] pp. 4to: 1 A3 [A4 = 1?] B - G4. 10-1/2" x 8-1/4" Seward was a prominent woman of letters in her day, having, for example, the admiration of Wordsworth & Scott, and whose disapproval of Dr. Johnson is as well chronicled as her support of young writers of the era is, perhaps, under appreciated. This title, her second published, by the 'Swan of Lichfield' [as this poet is known] is a tribute to the suitor of her friend, Honoria Sneyd [stepmother to Maria Edgeworth]; said suitor having been executed, as a courier of information from Benedict Arnold to General Clinton, during the Revolutionary War by the Americans. The work's publication reportedly "brought her an apology from General Washington." Cf. Shattock. BRITISH WOMEN WRITERS, pp. 384-85. Uncommon title; last at auction in 1996. A VG+ copy, showing minor extremity wear & evidence of some inconsequential worming at base of spine. Later tan half-calf with marbled paper boards. Gilt title lettering to spine The Second Edition (NCBEL II, 682; Sabin 79478). SIGNED by the Author on p. 28. [Attributes: Signed Copy; Hard Cover]
Bookseller: Tavistock Books, ABAA [Alameda, CA, U.S.A.]
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