Frederick County: Matthias Bartgis at Pleasant Dale Paper Mill, 1823. Woodcut frontispiece portrait of Washington. Original calf. Duodecimo. Sixteenmo. Near fine in original binding with slight edge wear. Boards somewhat splayed but hinges and binding sound.
Scarce imprint of this Revolutionary War history, originally published at the turn of the 19th century. Richard Snowden was a New Jersey school teacher whose works were mostly aimed at a student audience.
Matthias Bartgis was a pioneering German American printer in Frederick County, Maryland. He opened the first printing office in Frederick in 1777, having apprenticed under William Bradford of Philadelphia. Prior to the Bartgis press there had been no printing press in Maryland beyond the tidewater line.
Charles Griffith Haslup, a sheriff in Howard County, Maryland in the 1850s, has written his name in several places on the endpapers and first and last blank leaves.