Parson Weems on Dueling Weems, M[ason] L[ocke] [1759-1825]. God's Revenge Against Duelling: Or, The Duellist's Looking-Glass; Exhibiting that Gentlemanly Mode of Turning the Corner, In Features Altogether Novel, And Admirably Calculated to Entertain and Instruct the American Youth. Revised and Greatly Improved. Philadelphia: Published by Joseph Allen, 1827. [iii], 4-96 pp. Folding lithographed frontispiece. 12mo. (5-1/2" x 3-1/2"). Stab-stitched pamphlet in plain wrappers. Some wear to spine ends and corners, lower sections lacking from wrappers, which are lightly soiled and dampstained. Moderate toning and faint dampstaining to text, rodent damage (?) affecting final lines of pp. 11-21, legibility not affected, light edgewear to frontispiece. $350. * Third (actually fourth) and final edition. Better known as Parson Weems, Mason Locke Weems is best known as the author that invented the legend of young George Washington and the cherry tree. Here Weems attacks the immorality and absurdity of dueling. He makes his case, in part, though biographical vignettes (some invented). The most elaborate of these concerns a duel between two slaves, Cudjo and Mingo. It is written in dialect and is the subject of the frontispiece, which depicts the Cudjo and Mingo on the field of honor, pistols cocked and attended by their seconds. The first three editions of this pamphlet were published in 1820, 1821 and 1822. All are scarce. OCLC locates 7 copies of our imprint, none in law libraries. Sabin, A Dictionary of Books Relating to America 102472.
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