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American Revolutionary War Era Broadside Poem: “A Short Account of the Troubles that our Fore-Fathers met with to obtain this Land”

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c. 1776 Revolutionary War Era, American Printed Broadside titled, “A Short Account of the Troubles that our Fore-Fathers met with to obtain this Land,” 1 page, 8.25” x 13”, Good.

Extremely rare American Broadside titled, “A Short Account of the Troubles that our Fore-Fathers met with to obtain this Land.” No place or publisher noted. Single leaf of laid paper, typeset printed Broadside printed in two columns, separated by typographical ornaments, the verses in twenty-two Stanzas. Rare according to ESTC (English Short Title Catalogue), not listed in Evans, not in W.C. Ford. This example is accompanied by a Letter from the American Antiquarian Society, noting that they hold no copy; a variant in ESTC mentions a different variant with a Danvers (MA.) imprint dated 1776.

The inspiring text refers to the original Colonization of Plymouth, Massachusetts by 17th century English Puritans. "Attend all ye that stand around, and you shall hear a doleful sound; enough to make your Heart to ake; enough a flinty Heart to break." This current example is mounted on a partial strip of original newspaper from 1801, both are quite worn with heavy old folds, and it has been separated into two vertical strips with verses, edges with wear loss, some staining and a small hole at verse IX. Image is enlarged online for reading its full text. A historic American Revolutionary War Broadside rarity worthy of conservation.
The English Short Title Catalogue (ESTC) is a union short-title catalogue of works published between 1473 and 1800, in Britain and its former colonies, notably those in North America, and primarily in English, drawing on the collections of the British Library and other libraries in Britain and around the world. It is co-managed by the British Library and the Center for Bibliographical Studies and Research (CBSR) at the University of California, Riverside. The database is freely searchable.
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Lot Number: 166
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