Joel Myerson Collection of Nineteenth-Century American Literature, University of South Carolina.
This, the first English edition of Fuller’s work, is the only known copy in publisher’s cloth with the illuminated title page. There was no copyright protection at this time, so Clarke published the book without permission and without paying Fuller. Nevertheless, when Fuller received a copy while in New York, she wrote her brother of the “unexpected pleasure” she had in receiving it and, although she recognized that “the republication will bring me no money,” she thought it would be of use because “our dear country folks look anxiously for verdicts from the other side of the water.” The copy sent her—actually unbound sheets—is in my collection. I paid $25 for the latter copy in 1975. It was described as inscribed by Fuller’s brother Richard, but when it arrived, I discovered his signature was below his sister’s, something the dealer had missed.
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