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Rittenhouse, David
AN ORATION, DELIVERED FEBRUARY 24, 1775, BEFORE THE AMERICAN PHILOSOPHICAL SOCIETY, HELD AT PHILADELPHIA, FOR PROMOTING USEFUL KNOWLEDGE
Printed by John Dunlap, Philadelphia, 1775. 27pp., errata note at foot of final page. Quarto. Late 19th-century half brown cloth and marbled boards, spine gilt. Front and rear boards with two diagonal scrape-marks, minor shelf wear. Ownership signature on titlepage (see below). Small chip in lower foredge of titlepage, repaired with modern paper; neat, minor paper repair in upper gutter throughout. Very good overall. This copy bears the ownership signature on the titlepage of Oliver Hopkinson (1812- 1905), the grandson of Francis Hopkinson, signer of the Declaration of Independence, author, composer, and Pennsylvania government official, and the son of Joseph Hopkinson, composer of "Hail Columbia," and a prominent Pennsylvania lawyer, judge, and politician. Oliver Hopkinson himself trained as a lawyer and commanded a troop of Delaware volunteers in the Civil War, and was wounded at Antietam. Though signed only by Oliver Hopkinson, it is almost certain that this copy descended in the Hopkinson family from the time of Francis Hopkinson who, as a member of the Continental Congress, was of the group to whom Rittenhouse dedicated this oration. David Rittenhouse's address was the third annual oration delivered to the American Philosophical Society, and the last before the Revolution interrupted the series for five years. His nominal topic was the history of astronomy, concentrating on the period from Copernicus onward; but, according to his biographer, Brooke Hindle, he also "presented the essence of his own aspirations and beliefs, his own philosophy and religion.the oration was … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana [New Haven, CT, U.S.A.]
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