Nashville: Printed and Sold by Thomas G. Bradford, 1809. ,474,pp. Contemporary calf, leather spine label. Spine leather cracking, boards scuffed, corners bumped, front hinge cracked, but holding. Contemporary and slightly later ownership inscriptions in front endleaves and on titlepage. Scattered contemporary manuscript annotations. Text toned, with light foxing and faint dampstaining. Good. Item #WRCAM52657B
The third recorded Nashville imprint, popularly referred to as the first work of "book" length to issue from a Nashville press. Copies differ in terms of the number of errata; in this copy the list occupies three full pages. "...The first known bound book printed in this city...[and] justifiably a much-sought-after Tennessee rarity" - Allen. An amusing contemporary annotation in the rear endleaves of this copy, noting that, "Mr Haywood was a great man but his indexes would disgrace a school boy," point to the reason why the index was expanded from ten to seventy-six pages for the second edition of 1810. ALLEN RARITIES 16. ALLEN IMPRINTS 141. SHAW & SHOEMAKER 18744.