The culmination of five decades of research, this monumental work of descriptive bibliography, containing entries for more than 1,300 editions, assembles by date of printing the corpus of poetry composed and printed in the United States of America in books and pamphlets up through 1820. It also includes a revised version of Roger Stoddard's seminal essay "Poet and Printer in Colonial and Federal America: Some Bibliographical Perspectives," which explores the production of poetry in American culture from the colonial period to the early days of the American Republic. Enhancing access to this rich source of information are eight indexes: place of publication, printers and publishers, artists and engravers, signed or attributed bookbindings, dedicatees, provenance, subject, and author/title. This work is published for the Bibliographical Society of America by The Pennsylvania State University Press.
Roger E. Stoddard worked for forty-two years in the Harvard Library, retiring in 2004 as Curator of Rare Books in the Harvard College Library, Senior Curator in the Houghton Library, and Senior Lecturer on English. Since then he has published bibliographies of Jacques-Charles Brunet, Primo Levi, and W. G. Sebald. David R. Whitesell is Curator in the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia; he previously served as Curator of Books at the American Antiquarian Society.
Contents List of Illustrations Preface Acknowledgments Poet and Printer in Colonial and Federal America: Some Bibliographical Perspectives Some General Statistics Dedications Subscriptions Recitations Popular Texts Publishers' Bindings in Paper Illustrations Introduction to the Bibliography Parts of the Entry Abbreviations Bibliographical Citations Location Symbols Conspectus of the Bibliography The Bibliography The Indexes Index of Place of Publication Index of Printers and Publishers Index of Artists and Engravers Index of Bookbindings Signed or Attributed Index of Dedicatees Provenance Index Subject Index Author and Title Index