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The GROUP; or, An Elegant Representation. Illustrated
Philadelphia:: Printed for Thomas Stephens, By Lang and Ustick,. 1796.. 4to: [B] - K^2. 7-1/4" x 1st edition thus, i.e., in this format (Evans 30202; Harris, p. 59; Sabin 13695, 28977; Weglin POETRY, 75). NB. Harris records a 1795 edition of 16 pp- we find no other record of this earlier edition. 35, [1 (Errata)].. Bound in period marbled paper-wrapped card stock covers, stitched.. Marbled paper spine perished. Bookseller slips to ffep. Light. offset to t.p. from frontis. Otherwise, a respectable VG - VG+ copy.. A verse satire in support of George Washington's administration and the Treaty of Amity, Commerce, and Navigation Between His Britannic Majesty and The United States of America, commonly known as the Jay Treaty after its chief American negotiator, John Jay. Much of the poem is in the form of a dialogue "in which various mechanics and tradesmen, Solon Verges a carpenter [the subject of the frontispiece], Nat Futtock a shipwright, Gobbo Finis a coffin-maker, John Stripe a schoolmaster, with others, are represented as meeting for discussion on topics beyond their reach, respecting politics and the state. The coarse and vulgar material of low Jacobinism, which is not at all disguised in the poem, is occasionally elevated by the polish of the author's verses" (Cyclopaedia of American Literature, 1875). Authorship is usually attributed to William Cliffton, son of a wealthy Quaker, whose ill health allowed him the time for literary pursuits. His works are noted for their "vituperations of the French revolutionists and the party enemies of the writer" [i.e., Jefferson's Democratic-Republicans] (Kettel, Specimens of American Poetry). . Copperplate medallion frontis portrait of S. Verges, C. S. (Capt. Wm. Linnard).
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