Boston. 1814. viii,31; 4; 42pp. Gathered signatures, stitched. Lacks wrappers. Leaves a bit tanned. Pinhole to lower margin barely affecting a few letters. Else very good. Item #WRCAM20272
An interesting set of tracts relating to a controversy that ensued over the schoolbook abridgment of Adams's A SUMMARY HISTORY OF NEW ENGLAND (1799), which Jedediah Morse had anticipated by producing his own school history. Adams, whose eyesight was failing, felt her rights were violated and the resulting controversy yielded these pamphlets. She was probably the first female professional writer of the United States. "It was poverty, not ambition, or vanity, that first induced me to become an author, or rather a compiler." AMERICAN IMPRINTS 30627, 31707, 31968. SABIN 214, 31751, 42461. DAB, I, pp.60-61.