Providence: Carter and Wilkinson, 1797. xii,-141pp. 12mo. Contemporary sheep, gilt label. Ornamental head and tail-pieces. Boards slightly bowed, modest rubbing at edges, but a very good, crisp copy, with the half-title. Item #WRCLIT56807
First edition. With an introduction by James Burrill, Jr., who edited this posthumous collection from Arnold's papers and periodical publications. Arnold, who earned degrees at both Dartmouth and Yale, settled in Vermont in the winter of 1791/2 after the death of his father, where he practiced law and served two terms in the legislature. He died in 1796, still in his early 30s, and this volume is credited with being the first volume of verse by a Vermont poet. The editor was, however, somewhat careless, as in addition to Arnold's imitations of Horace and Ossian, assorted epitaphs and elegies, and "The Warrior's Death Song," he included Freneau's "The Last Words of Shalum; - or, The Dying Indian" on pp. 46-9. ESTC locates a number of copies, though only one (BL) outside North America. WEGELIN 7. EVANS 31753. SABIN 2074. GILMAN, p.15. ESTC W2477.