Presentation Copy Inscribed by Story Story, Joseph [1779-1845]. A Discourse Pronounced at the Request of the Essex Historical Society, on the 18th of September, 1828, in Commemoration of the First Settlement of Salem, in the State of Massachusetts. Boston: Hilliard, Gray, Little and Wilkins, 1828. 90 pp. Octavo (9" x 6"). Stab-stitched pamphlet, untrimmed edges, lightly soiled, wrappers detached and edgeworn. Presentation inscription by Story to head of title page, light toning to text. $500. * Only edition. The inscription reads: "To John Pickering Esq/ with respects of/ The Author." John Pickering [1777-1846] was a lawyer and pioneering American philologist considered "the leading authority of his time on the languages of teh North American Indians" (DAB). Joseph Story, born in nearby Marblehead in 1799, was admitted to the bar at Salem in 1801, marking the beginning of a career as one of the great American jurists of the early 19th century. Dictionary of American Biography VII:564-565. Sabin, A Dictionary of Books Relating to America 92299.
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