Baltimore: Published by J. and T. Vance, 1812. 117pp. Original calf backed paper boards. Hinges cracked, spine ends chipped, some wear and soiling to boards. Later ownership inscription and pencil annotations on front endpapers and titlepage. Moderate tanning and foxing. Good. Item #WRCAM53507
A scarce collection of patriotic songs published for the War of 1812. Titles include: Union and Liberty, the Old Commodore, the American Star, An Ode to the Volunteers of 1812, John Bull Get the Grapes, Ode for the Fourth of July, 1812, among many others. In 1863, this volume was owned by George Eitemiller of McConnellsburg, PA, who was then attending telegraph school in nearby Chambersburg. Four months after the Confederates swept through his region and were defeated at Gettysburg, and just 5 days after Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, young Eitemiller was overcome by patriotism and inscribed the volume 4 times in pencil, writing on the title page "Hurrah for Liberty & Union." Shaw & Shoemaker locate only seven copies; OCLC adds three more. SABIN 21615. SHAW & SHOEMAKER 25311.