Brooklyn, NY: Published by the author; A. Spooner, Printer, 1814. First Edition. Hardcover. 12mo. Recbound in modern blue paper-covered boards with white backing and replacement endpapers of the period. Binding fine, with text block toned at edges and foxed throughout. Light edge-wear. Pencil notation and approx. one inch closed tear at title page. Very good overall. 187pp. Very good. Item #16823
The first book of poetry to be published in Brooklyn. Fifteen poems, many of which deal with local interests, such as a school for orphans in Brooklyn or the deaths of local figures. Particularly notable is a four-part poem titled "The Fashionable Rake," describing the dandy lifestyle of a young man. "Elate with hope and flush'd with gay design, The joyous youth his club seeks o'er their wine." The original Brooklyn hipster? A pencil notation at title pages states that Hazard was schoolmaster at Sunken Meadow on Long Island, though we are unable to verify. [Stoddard & Whitesell 1059].