Philadelphia: Printed and sold by Robert Bell, in Third Street, 1783.
First American edition. 79, [1, ad] pp. 8vo. Uncut, side-stitched in contemporary green wallpaper wrappers, with block-printed and painted urn and floral decorations in white and black paint. Wrappers chipped, heavy foxing, staining, and edgwear. Evans 18039; Hildeburn, C.R. Pennsylvania, 4323; Sabin 51511; ESTC W2987; not in Adams. Provenance: Louis A. Woodbury (blindstamp to [A]4 and final leaf). Item #310098
First American edition of James Murray's sermons sympathetic to the American cause, in a striking covering of a sample of contemporary American block-printed and painted wallpaper.
Appended to this edition on pages 76-9 is "The humble confession, declaration, recantation, and apology of Benjamin Towne, printer in Philadelphia," a satirical piece pretending to be the confession of the turncoat Philadelphia printer Benjamin Towne, publisher of America's first daily paper, The Pennsylvania Evening Post. A note at the head of the piece ascribes the work, which "hath been handed about in manuscript at Philadelphia" to John Witherspoon, "one of the Members of the American Congress." (For Towne, cf. Teeter, "Benjamin Towne: The Precarious Career of a Persistent Printer," The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography Vol. 89, No. 3 (Jul., 1965), pp. 316-330). Bell first issued this piece as a stand-alone pamphlet in 1778 (Evans 16173).
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