First American in Boards, Uncut

The Life of Samuel Johnson LLD. Comprehending an account of his Studies, and Numerous Works, in Chronological Order; A Series of his Epistolary Correspondence and Conversations with many Eminent Persons; and Various Original Pieces of his Composition, never before Published.

Boston: Published by W[illiam] Andrews and L[emuel] Blake, Greenough and Stebbins, Printers, 1807.

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First American from the fifth London Edition (1807, edited by Edmund Malone). The First edition was published in 1791. Engraved portrait frontispiece by D. Edwin in first volume. Pp. 500; 512; 543. Two folding facsimile leaves (vol. 2 following p. 342,vol 3 following p.472). 3 vols. 8vo. First American in Boards, Uncut. Original cream paper-backed blue and cream marbled boards, orange printed label, ornamental decorations on spine, uncut. First volume dampstained throughout, some holes in title which is spotted, some foxing, binding of first volume damaged and lacking spine (portion of spine with label laid in), covers loosened, volumes two and three with some rubbing of bindings and short tears of spines, insect holes along bands, some light spotting but generally the last two volumes very good with contemporary signature of John McVickar on endpapers.

Item #37183

John McVickar is rest recalled as an economist. He was one of the earliest teachers of political economy in the U. S., taught while he was Professor of Moral Philosophy at Columbia which he held from 1817 until 1857. In 1857, when Columbia brought in Francis Leiber to teach political economy McVickar was transferred to the Chair of Evidences of Natural and Revealed Religion, a position he held until his retirement in 1864. From 1844 until 1864 he was also Army Chaplain at Fort Columbus in New York. He is also recalled as one of the founders of St. Stephen's College for Episcopal clergyman. He was the author of several works including the revised and greatly extended “Britannica” article by McCulloch “Outline of Political Economy ”(1825), “Hints on Banking”(1827); and several others on finance and banking and a biography of Henry Hobart.