The Port-Folio By Oliver Oldschool Esq. Vol 1 for 1816
(Americana - Literary History - Politics - Travel - Science - The Port Folio)

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Harrison Hall at the New Publication Office, 1816. F 544 pages; with useful index. Edited by John Elihu Hall (1783-1829) from 1816 - 1827, this monthly periodical founded by Joseph Dennie (1768 - 1812) was considered the foremost American literary publication of its kind, especially under Dennie's tenure as editor. This 1816 volume of the Port-Folio begins with an 'Advertisement' by Harrison Hall, which noted that he had become the proprietor of the journal and that "...It will contain Miscellaneous Essays on various subjects of Literature and Science - Memoirs of Distinguished Persons.- Original Letters and Anecdotes.- Literary and Philosophical Intelligence.- Proceedings of Learned Societies.- Poetry.- Notices of German, Spanish, French and Italian Literature.- Practical Papers on Agriculture and Commerce.- A Retrospect of Public Affairs, with the most rigid impartiality as it respects political opinions: including State Papers, foreign and domestic, &c...principal vindicate the character of American literature and manners from the aspersions of ignorant and illiterate foreigners; to expose their injustice and repel their calumnies..." With the issues for January-June, 6 numbers complete. In the first issue, with speeches given at the unveiling of the Baltimore Monument, Dr. Inglis' address paraphrases several lines from Key's words of the Star Spangled Banner: "...The banner floats proudly in the welcoming air. The stars are sovereign...that banner still waves in undiminished splendour..." Also with histories of the attack on Ft. Erie; information on steam and steam engines, including chart with information helpful to those who are interested in installing them regarding horsepower, stroke, water consumption; The Field of Waterloo; a Poem. By Walter Scott, Esq.; a review of a pamphlet issued by De Witt Clinton regarding the proposed NY canal navigation system from the Great Lakes; A description of St. Michael's Cave in the Rock of Gibraltar an 'Extract from the journal of one of the officers of the army, engaged in the late expedition against Algiers'; a section defending American manners; Of The Aborigines of the Western Country regarding the origins of Native American inhabitants; Some account of Susquehannah County; notices of the fate of the French navigator Peyrouse and more. Illustrations found within include only the following: a portrait engraving of Major Gen. Brown S.S. Army; map of the siege and fence of Ft. Erie (fair only condition, chipped away at top margin, split, old tape repairs); Part of St. James' valley with a distant view of the Town of St. Helena by Capt. Barnett; A portrait of Dr. Benj. S. Barton with memoir; a silhouette portrait of Joseph Dennie, accompanying a 'life'; View of Negroes washing for Diamonds at Mandango on the River Jigitonhonha in Cerro do Frio - Brazil (split and detached at top 1/3 fold line; all present). The volume approx. 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" size; bound in early 19th century paper covered boards, with hand-written paper spine title-label; evidence of an earlier binding by the stab-holes visible at inner margin. Some edge, tips wear-through to the boards; back board about detached, front board loosening; first and last leaves loose; main block of text still sewn firmly and with some foxing and spotting; in fair to good condition. Good Hardcover (Item ID: 25355)


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