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A Summary History of New-England Comprehending a General Sketch of the American War
Dedham: Printed for the Author, by H. Mann and J. H. Adams, 1799. First Edition. 8vo; [1-9] 513pp. + 1p. Notes and 2pp. Subscriber's List; contemporary calf with red morocco label on spine gilt-stamped with author and title, joints a trifle rubbed, corners bumped and rubbed, foxing to endpapers, a bit of light foxing scattered through the text, dampstain to top edge and first 9 pages, ex-libris of Bangor Athenaeum and ownership signature of prominent Bangor lawyer, Thomas A. Hill, on front pastedown and repeated on gutter margin of page 25. An attractive copy in a nice contemporary binding. Hannah Adams (1755-1831), born in Medfield, MA, was the first American woman who sought to make her living by writing. She published her first book, AN ALPHABETICAL COMPENDIUM OF VARIOUS SECTS in 1784 which saw several printings in the US and England and a second edition. Adams' MEMOIR (1832) testifies to the difficulty of female authorship during her time. This work, A SUMMARY HISTORY OF NEW-ENGLAND, in particular was the cause of a controversy with two male authors. She followed this book with THE HISTORY OF THE JEWS (1812), and LETTERS ON THE GOSPELS, as well as a posthumously published autobiography. These titles testify to her tenacity and scholarship, which was highly regarded in her day. Thomas A. Hill (1773-1864), the original owner of this book, was among the first lawyers to practice in Bangor Maine. His home, in the Greek Revival style, designed by Richard Upjohn, is now the home of the Bangor Historical Society Museum. NAW I, pp. 9-10. AMERICAN WOMEN WRITERS, pp. 12-13. FEMINIST COMPANION, p. 7. WOMEN'S WRITING IN THE UNITED STATES, pp. 9-10. TIMELINES OF AMERICAN WOMEN'S HISTORY, p. 306 ("The first woman to earn her livelihood from writing is Hannah Adams"). THE BOOK OF WOMEN'S FIRSTS, pp. 7-8. Evans 18318.
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