[Philadelphia]: [Moses Thomas], . First edition. Marbled paper and leather over boards. Octavo. [i], 353-440 pages. Very good. Some minor extremity rubs. Rebacked fairly recently, with new leather spine. Upper board label has a few brown spots. Magazine as bound in lacks its original covers.
A very early printing of the poem that became the National Anthem of the United States. Francis Scott Key wrote: "Defence of Fort McHenry" as he witnessed the British bombardment of Fort McHenry in Baltimore in September of 1814.
After several newspaper printings, this is the first printed appearance between covers of the verses that became known as "The Star-Spangled Banner." Contained in the November, 1814 issue of Analectic Magazine pages 433-434. This copy has been bound in boards with marbled paper sides, leather spine and fore corners, with printed paper label on upper board. There is an engraved portrait of Major Gen. Winfield Scott at front.