SPIRIT OF THE PUBLIC JOURNALS; OR, BEAUTIES OF THE AMERICAN NEWSPAPERS FOR 1805.

Baltimore, (MD): Printed by Geo. Dobbin & Murphy, 1806. First edition of the second of two annuals of this anthology. 12mo. 300 pp. Essays and poetry selected from 96 American newspapers, including a number from southern states and frontier cities. Preface: "A desirable object to preserve the quintessence of the newspaper in a durable form." Ernie Wesson in Midland Notes 40 has this to say: "He pecked at the lean carcass of American Journalism, and emerged with some tid-bits from frontier publications; which themselves were unknown to the Eastern literati. For instance, he credits: ‘Ohio Herald’ (Chillicothe;) Pittsburgh ‘Tree of Liberty; ‘The Mississippi Herald’ of Natchez; ‘The Indiana Gazette’ of Vincennes, Indiana; ‘The Kentucky Gazette’ and ‘The Frankfort Palladium.’" American Imprints 11401. Sabin 7175 [giving Brackenridge as editor], 89505, and 6921a [giving Bourne as editor]. Brinley 6946. Somewhat later cloth-backed green paper boards, printed paper spine label. Book ticket of W. A. Leary & Co., Philadelphia, on front pastedown. (#59900). Item #59900

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