David M. Lesser, Fine Antiquarian Books, Catalogue 98.

124 items, the usual interesting mix of Americana and American imprints. In one instance, an abolitionist pamphlet writer excommunicates the First Church in Newbury, Mass. (Henry Clark Wright’s Duty of Abolitionist’s to Pro-Slavery Ministers and Churches, Concord N.H., 1841, $250); in something of a depressing counterpoint, Jas. C. Zabriskie argues that the agitation of “anti-slavery fanatics” had created the danger of slave rebellions and the new Republican Party is criminally aggressive upon the rights of the South. (Speech of Col. Jas. C. Zabriskie, Sacramento, Calif., [1856], $650.)

Also of note is William Gordon’s Separation of the Jewish Tribes, After the Death of Solomon, Accounted for, and Applied to the Present Day (Boston, 1777), which stands as “the first July 4 Oration commemorating the Declaration of Independence.” From this speech sprung a teeming host of happily bombastic kindred material. This one is bound in modern quarter morocco, retaining the half-title and final blank. $3000.

David M. Lesser, Fine Antiquarian Books, One Bradley Road #302, Woodbridge CT 06525. Tel. (203) 389-8111. lesserbooks.com

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