Lot 1049WEBSTER, NOAH
A Collection of Essays and Fugitiv Writings. On Moral, Historical, Political and Literary Subjects. Boston: For the author by I. Thomas and E. T. Andrews, 1790. First edition. Modern three quarters morocco gilt in period styled. 8 x 5 inches (21 x 13 cm); xvi, 414 pp.; without errata. Hinges strengthened, a very clean copy, booklabel of William Safire; Together with [SKEEL COPY]. WEBSTER, NOAH. Letters to a Young Gentleman Commencing His Education: to which is subjoined A Brief History of the United States.
. New-Haven: Howe & Spalding, 1823. First edition. Full contemporary calf, rebacked at an early point and the covers now detached. 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches (22 x 14 cm); 335 pp.Binding worn as noted, other stains, booklabel of William Safire and the Green Knoll bookplate of Roswell and Emily E.F. Skeel, likely the bibliographers copy.
For Essays: "Early example of phonetic spelling" (Howes). Evans 23053; Howes W203; Sabin 102344. For Letters: Sabin 102365; Skeel 533. A Bibliography of the Writings of Noah Webster was compiled by Webster's granddaughter Emily Ellsworth Ford Skeel and published in 1958. Books from her library are scarce.
C From the Collection of the late William Safire
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