1808. Item #57690
HASTINGS, Sally. POEMS ON DIFFERENT SUBJECTS. To Which is Added, A Descriptive Account of a Family Tour to the West; In the Year, 1800. In a Letter to a Lady. Lancaster, Pa.: William Dickson, 1808. Limited edition, "Printed and Sold ...for the Benefit of the Authoress" by subscription. 220 pp. 12mo., rebound in 3/4 green leather, marbled paper-covered boards, gilt-stamped title to spine, top-edge gilt. Bookplate to ffep. Spine is sunned to brown. Joints are rubbed and weak, and just starting, but the boards are still attached. Light foxing to one section of text, else clean. It is a very scarce book in a fragile binding. Hastings (1773 - 1812) was a poet of local celebrity in Lancaster, PA at the turn of the 19th century. Her work combines religious sentiment with odes to nature and to acquaintances among her literary circle; her travel diary includes interesting descriptions of what was then the western frontier. (Streeter Sale vol. 2, 834; Howes H-289).