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Barlow, Joel (1787-1812) The Vision of Columbus; A Poem in Nine Books [part of GLC 4217]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04217.01 Author/Creator: Barlow, Joel (1787-1812) Place Written: Hartford Type: Book Date: 1787 Pagination: 1 v. + 1 engraving ; b&w ; 18 x 11.6 cm

Summary of Content: Supplemental record for book holding a George Washington letter. USE WITH CARE. With a 12 page subscribers' list which includes George Washington, Lafayette, Franklin (6 copies), Thomas Paine, Louis XVI, many other prominent figures. This work was later enlarged in 1807 to "The Columbiad," a lengthy epic poem on America. With a flattering dedication to Louis XVI. 1 black and white bust engraving of Joel Barlow included.

People: Barlow, Joel, 1787-1812
Columbus, Christopher, ca. 1451-1506

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: PresidentPoetryLiterature and Language ArtsFrancePatriotism

Sub Era: Creating a New Government

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