West-Town. [Westtown School; Chester County, Pennsylvania]
Scarce poem outlining the early history of Westtown School, a co-educational Quaker boarding school established in 1799 in Chester County, Pennsylvania. The poem, which has been attributed to Joseph Kite, is unusual in that it contains 11 footnotes, 18 pages in length—longer than the poem itself. These footnotes comprise brief biographical information on the school’s first six principals as well as lists teachers and committees in charge of Westtown School. “West-Town, thy meek and unobtrusive name, / No bard has wedded to enduring fame”—until now.
Description: West-Town. [Westtown School; Chester County, Pennsylvania]
Philadelphia: np, 1843. 36pp. Likely First edition. 6 x 3¾ inches. Printed wrappers; stitched. Tipped in “Omission” (errata) slip on final leaf. Some wear to wrappers along spine at tips; foxing to wraps and contents; Very Good.
N.B. Authorship attributed to Joseph Kite per Haverford College; we speculate that Kite, a prolific Philadelphia publisher, may have published the poem as well. OCLC records six copies under two accession numbers: Harvard Coll. Libr., Haverford, U. Penn, Brown, AAS, Clements Libr.