Memoirs of an American Lady. Anne MacVicar Grant.
Memoirs of an American Lady
Memoirs of an American Lady

Memoirs of an American Lady

New York: Samuel Campbell, 1809. First American edition. Hardcover. First one-volume American edition published in the same year as at least one other American edition that came out in two volumes, as did the 1808 first edition published in the UK. 8vo, contemporary dark brown calf, red spine label, light wear, very good, foxing to endpapers and less so to primary and terminal leaves, otherwise very nice. The author was born in Glasgow but spent her earliest 13 years in the Albany area through 1768, where her father was stationed. There she attracted the attention of Catalina Schuyler, of a prominent New York family, who educated her. The family returned to Scotland; Anne MacVicar married James Grant, a minister, and together they had 12 children. Grant died suddenly, leaving her with a large family to sustain. She published poetry and other books as a result, including this memoir, mainly about her Albany youth and the Schuyler family there, as well as some interactions with Native Americans, portraying pre-revolutionary Albany in an Edenic light. The "American Lady" does not refer to Grant herself but to Catalina Schuyler. See Howes G303. Very Good. Item #H16275

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