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Defence of Fort McHenry [The Star-Spangled Banner]
Philadelphia: Thomas Moses, 1814. Pamphlet. Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. A very early printing, published on two pages within the Analectic Magazine in November, 1814. Clean pages with very light wear. Francis Scott Key first penned what was to become the national anthem of the United States on 15 Sep 1814 as a prisoner on a warship the day after watching the British fleet's failed bombarment of Ft. McHenry in Baltimore Harbor. Key gave his hand-written poem, which he titled "The Defence of Fort McHenry," to his brother-in-law, Joseph H. Nicholson, who had a number of broadsides printed (only two survive). On the 20th of September, the poem was printed in two Baltimore newspapers, and shortly thereafter it was republished in a handful of newspapers along the east coast as well as a piece of sheet music by a Baltimore music store. After it's first public performance a Baltimore tavern in October, the song's rising popularity caught the attention of Washington Irving, the editor of the Analectic Magazine, published the lyrics in the Novemeber edition of his journal.
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