Lancaster, PA: Printed and sold by William Dickson for The Benefit of the Authoress, 1808. 12mo. 220 pp. Bound in full contemporary mottled sheep. Wear and tear along edges, corners bumped, front hinges cracked but holding. Smooth spine with double gilt roll dividing compartments, red morocco spine label in the second. Edges sprinkled blue. Text browned throughout with minor staining, endpapers with staining offset from leather turn-ins. Lacking front endleaf, bookplate removed from inside of front board. Good. Item #3367
Early account of a woman's overland travel, featuring unusually early poetry on this subject. Our copy is preserved in a contemporary binding.
Hastings (1773-1812) was well known as a poet in her native Lancaster, PA. In the present volume, following the section of poetry, is a daily account of Hasting's journey from Lancaster, over the Alleghenies to Washington, Pennsylvania in October 1800. Additionally, there is an account of the Ohio River at Pittsburgh. All in all, this small volume provides an interesting commentary by a frontier woman at the turn of the 19th century.
Howes H-289. Thomson 524. Sabin 30826.