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[Library of Vice President Hannibal Hamlin; Captain Bligh’s Open Boat Voyage; Benjamin Franklin] The Universal Asylum, and Columbian Magazine, for August, 1790.
[Library of Vice President Hannibal Hamlin; Captain Bligh’s Open Boat Voyage; Benjamin Franklin] The Universal Asylum, and Columbian Magazine, for August, 1790.
[Library of Vice President Hannibal Hamlin; Captain Bligh’s Open Boat Voyage; Benjamin Franklin] The Universal Asylum, and Columbian Magazine, for August, 1790.

[Library of Vice President Hannibal Hamlin; Captain Bligh’s Open Boat Voyage; Benjamin Franklin] The Universal Asylum, and Columbian Magazine, for August, 1790.

Benjamin Franklin on Music, Captain Bligh and the H.M.S. Bounty


Of Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, and Captain Bligh. From the library of Hannibal Hamlin, Vice President under President Abraham Lincoln, and his rubber stamp on title page: “[within border:] Library of Hannibal Hamlin.”

This issue contains a number of highlights: A letter by Dr. Benjamin Franklin, “Criticism on Modern Musick,” with printed music;  Dr. Benjamin Rush’s “Thoughts upon the Amusements and Punishments which are proper for Schools”;  an article on President George Washington’s visit to Newport, Rhode Island; a 6-page article, Account of an extraordinary voyage performed in an open boat, on the vast Pacific Ocean, on Lt. William Bligh, captain of the infamous mutiny-ship H.M.S. Bounty and his extraordinary voyage in an open vessel on the Pacific Ocean to Australia, after being overthrown his command by Fletcher Christian the future inhabitants of Pitcairn Island.

Also seen is a review of Royall Tyler’s 1787 play, The Contrast, the first comedy written by an American and professionally produced;  an eight-page poem in praise of William Penn by “Constantia”; and a “Copy of a Petition in favour of Barrach Martin, a free Negro, who was condemned to be hanged, in April 1787, for burning a barn in Philadelphia county” Rounding out the text are tables of prices-current and meteorological observations, and the music and lyrics for “Hush, hush; such counsels do not give” from the the 1789 opera The Haunted Tower.

The Universal Asylum, and Columbian Magazine was one of the first successful American magazines.


Description: [Library of Vice President Hannibal Hamlin; Captain Bligh’s Open Boat Voyage; Benjamin Franklin] The Universal Asylum, and Columbian Magazine, for August, 1790.

Philadelphia: Printed for the Proprietors, by William Young, Bookseller, [1790]. [2], [67]–134, [2]pp. 8 x 5 inches. Removed and disbound; without original wrappers. With printed music; tables. Closed tear and small paper loss along title-page gutter expertly mended with tissue; very good.

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Chielens pp112–116. wq10


Price: $650.00