Boston: Cummings and Hilliard, 1813. First American Edition. Thin paper issue (bulking 3/8"). State with gathering H signed H2 (no priority). 12mo (20cm). In plain brown paper-covered boards; plain endpapers; 168pp. Untrimmed, with pencil signature to t.p., erased; contemporary pencil signature of Robert P. Dunlap to contents leaf. A straight copy, rubbed, joints cracked but holding, endpapers discolored, foxed throughout: nonetheless, about Very Good.
Allston (1779-1843) is better known as an early American romantic painter, admired by Coleridge, Emerson, and Longfellow, and the "only nineteenth-century American artist or philosopher to formulate a detailed artistic theory" (ANB). The Dunlap who signed the contents leaf is possibly Robert Pinckney Dunlap (1794-1859), 11th Governor of Maine. BAL 494. AMERICAN IMPRINTS 22701.