BRUCE, DAVID. Ca. 1760-1830. Poems Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect, Originally written under the Signature of the Scots-Irishman.  Washington [Pa.], John Colerick, 1801.
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BRUCE, DAVID. Ca. 1760-1830.
Poems Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect, Originally written under the Signature of the Scots-Irishman. Washington [Pa.], John Colerick, 1801.
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BRUCE, DAVID. Ca. 1760-1830.
Poems Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect, Originally written under the Signature of the Scots-Irishman. Washington [Pa.], John Colerick, 1801. 12mo (174 x 100 mm). Contemporary calf, gilt lettered red leather spine label. Some light browning and staining to text; upper hinge cracked, some rubbing.
Provenance: Sam S. Harrison (early owner's name on title); Thomas Rogers (early owner's name on front free endpaper).

FIRIST EDITION AND THE FIRST AMERICAN POEMS PRINTED WEST OF THE ALLEGHENY MOUNTAIN RANGE. Bruce arrived in the "Western Country" of Pennsylvania about 1787, settling in Washington County, where his verse first appeared in the Western Telegraph in 1794. The poems deal largely with the Western scene, the Whiskey Rebellion, etc. Two of H.H. Brackenridge's "Aqua Vitae" poems are printed here, pp 13-15 and pp 17-19 (see BAL 1307). Sabin 8730. Stoddard/Whitesell American Verse 685.
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