Poems on various subjects, religious and moral. By Phillis Wheatley, Negro servant to Mr. John Wheatley, of Boston, in New England.

Wheatley, Phillis, 1753-1784 [Browse]
London, Printed for A. Bell, bookseller, Aldgate; and sold by Messrs. Cox and Berry, King-street, Boston, 1773.
v, [1] p., 1 ., [9]-124, [4] p. front. (port.) 17.1 cm.


Library of Congress genre(s)
Rare books genre
  • First edition; cf. Afro-Americana, 1553-1906 (Philadelphia: Library Co.), no. 11111; Negro history, 1553-1903 (Philadelphia. Library Co.), no. 194; and The Negro in the United States, by Dorothy B. Porter, no. 1284.
  • Frontispiece is an engraved port. of the author.
  • "Published ... Septr. 1st, 1773 by Archd. Bell, bookseller no. 8 near the Saracens Head Aldgate."--Front.
  • Signatures: [A]-Q⁴.
  • Ex 3984.8.372 copy: 1st edition, second state (B), with second state (B) portrait frontis. Wheatley's signature on verso of title-page
  • ExHolden PS866 .W5 1773 copy: 2nd edition with second state (B) portrait frontis.
  • RHT American 316 copy: 1st edition, first state (A), with first state (A) portrait frontis.
  • Lapidus 3.30 copy: 1st edition, first state (A), with first state (A) portrait frontis.
Binding note
ExHolden PS866 .W5 1773 copy: 19th cent full calf, gilt, marbled endpapers, with stamp on front free endpaper 'Bound by W. Pratt for J.King.'
RHT American 316 copy: Inscribed on front free endpaper 'Harriot Cayton.'
Source acquisition
Princeton copy 1 Gift Sidney Lapidus, Princeton Class of 1959 2010
  • ESTC T153734
  • Stoddard & Whitesell, A Bibliographical Description of Books and Pamphlets of American Verse Printed from 1610 through 1820, 236 / 237
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