Cincinnati: Drake and Conclin (Morgan, Fisher, and L'Hommedieu, Printers), 1827. Hardcover. 199p plus 1p index. An oblong hardcover book with a brown leather spine and light blue paper-covered boards. Fair condition with damaged covers. Both the front and back covers are heavily rubbed along the edges and have vertical cracks down the middle; however, no pieces have cracked off and the cover will remain essentially intact with gentle handling. The boards are soiled and scuffed. The front hinge is cracking, but all pages are still securely bound. Lacks front free endpaper. The bottom corner of the title page is torn off (does not encroach upon text). A recent former owner's private library stamps are on the insides of the front and back covers. All pages tanned and foxed, but otherwise free of markings, and the text is still quite readable. A well-worn and externally ragged copy as is commonly found. Measures approx. 9.5" long x 5.5" tall. Item #167371
A very scarce early edition of THE MISSOURI HARMONY, a popular book of hymns beloved on America's western frontier during the 19th century. It was first published in 1820; this is the 1827 Cincinnati printing. A famous songbook of the American frontier which was reportedly enjoyed by Abraham Lincoln in his young adulthood, before he entered politics. The Drake and Conclin edition is an early example of Cincinnati printing and one of the first works published by this early Ohio publisher.