Memoirs of the Life of Martha Laurens Ramsay, Who Died in Charleston, S.C., on the Tenth of June, 1811, in the Fifty-Second Year of Her Age.; With an appendix containing extracts from her diary, letters, and other private papers; and also, from letters written to her father, Henry Laurens, 1771-1776.

Lexington, KY: Thomas T. Skillman, 1813. First Kentucky printing (first published Philadelphia, 1811). 18mo. 323, (1) pp. Subscribers list (mostly from Kentucky, by town or county). The historian's biography, as tribute, of his wife (1759-1811), the daughter of Revolutionary War-era statesman Henry Laurens who served for a year as President of the Continental Congress, 1777-1778. Publisher's note at the end, in part: "Sincere thanks for the very liberal patronage he has received, particularly to the Females; who have, in this support, shewn themselves zealous for the possession of the virtue and piety of one who was a lucid ornament of their sex." Sabin 67699 (listing six editions through 1827, but not this one). Turnbull I, pp. 493-494 (South Carolina Historical Society, for this edition). This printing is relatively scarce, OCLC locating 11 copies (four in Kentucky, but one in South Carolina: South Caroliniana Library). Early owner's name ("Elizabeth Eccles"), else a very good copy. Contemporary calf (rubbed), leather spine label. (#5807). Item #58614

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