One of the Earliest Histories of the American Revolution, and the First Serious Work of Historical Scholarship by an American Woman

    [American Revolution]. Mrs. Mercy Warren. History of the Rise, Progress and Termination of the American Revolution. Interspersed with Biographical, Political and Moral Observations. In Three Volumes. Boston: Manning and Loring for E. Larkin, 1805. First edition of the first important historical work written by an American woman, and one of the earliest histories of the American Revolution. Three octavo volumes. Bound in modern full brown calf, black and burgundy gilt morocco lettering labels on spines, new endleaves. Text toned, foxed, with some intermittent soiling. Overall, a very good copy.

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    Mercy Warren (1728-1805) was a political writer and propagandist, who urged her readers to reject the British monarchy in favor of American independence. She wrote during a time when such writing was not only hazardous for the writer, as it could be considered seditious, but was considered only suitable for men. She was highly educated, and was passionate about American patriotism, and was a frequent correspondent with Samuel Adams, John Hancock, Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and John Adams (who was her literary inspiration). Howes W122.

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