Charleston: Printed by S. Babcock, 1840. First Edition. 8vo. viii, -355 pp. Contemporay tree-calf covered boards with later brown leather spine & gilt lettered red leather title label. Crackling to leather boards; corner tips showing; light internal foxing; a very good copy. BAL notes two printings of this first edition, no sequence established; our copy being BAL 18069 Printing B. Item #21340
"William Gilmore Simms (April 17, 1806 – June 11, 1870) was an American writer and politician from the American South who was a "staunch defender" of slavery. A poet, novelist, and historian, his History of South Carolina served as the definitive textbook on state history for much of the 20th century. Literary scholars consider him a major force in antebellum Southern literature; in 1845 Edgar Allan Poe pronounced him the best novelist America had ever produced." - wiki. (BAL 18069 A; Howes S470; Sabin 81219).