Miscellaneous Writings of the late Samuel J. Smith of Burlington, N. J. Samuel J. Smith.
Miscellaneous Writings of the late Samuel J. Smith of Burlington, N. J.
Miscellaneous Writings of the late Samuel J. Smith of Burlington, N. J.
Miscellaneous Writings of the late Samuel J. Smith of Burlington, N. J.
Miscellaneous Writings of the late Samuel J. Smith of Burlington, N. J.

Miscellaneous Writings of the late Samuel J. Smith of Burlington, N. J.

Philadelphia: Henry Perkins, 1836. First printing. Hardcover. 8vo, diced green boards, recent cloth on spine, good copy, general light wear to boards including drink circle on front cover, contents good to very good, light foxing throughout. 222 pp, mainly poet. Smith came from an affluent and well-established New Jersey family; his grandfather published the standard history of New Jersey in 1765. Smith (1771-1835) was a recluse and uncomfortable in society, affluent enough to spent his time comfortably indoors, among his books, and write. Contemporary critics referred to his work as "careless" and "unremarkable," but we find a rough charm and indications of a dark and twisty mind, including an instance of rage against the very idea of literature: "And books! books! books! -- it makes me sick / to think me how we're multiplied / Like Egypt's frogs, ye poke up thick / Your ugly heads on every side." Uncommon on the market but well represented in collections. Good. Item #H14717

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