This little book from 1843 measures just 3 inches across by 4 3/8 inches high. Titled...THE POEMS OF JAMES MONTGOMERY, ESQ., the book has 288 pages of poetry.
James Montgomery (1771 - 1854) was a Scottish-born poet. He was concerned with humanitarian causes such as the abolition of slavery and the exploitation of child chimney sweeps. He was imprisoned twice and wrote poems on 'Prison Amusements' during his confinement in the Castle of York.
The book was published by John Locken, Philadelphia, PA, 1843. 1st Edition. The book has a black leatherette hard cover which is embossed with gold lettering and design. Some of the gilt at page edges has worn off. There's some age-related cover wear at edges / corners. Page edges throughout show slight water foxing. Faint pencil writing on one of the front blank pages.
Overall, this 175 year old book is in very good condition. Spine is tight. No loose pages. We read a few of the poems and the good news is that humanity today is still relatable to the humanity of yore.
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