An Essay on Dancing
New-York: Lane & Scott, 1851. Very Good -. Item #14357
New-York: Lane & Scott, 1851. Reprint. Small 12mo; publisher's brown blind-embossed cloth, gilt-tooled spine; 132,(ads)pp. Minor soiling to covers, spine slightly cocked and starting to split significantly along rear hinge, foxing to preliminaries, else a Good to Very Good copy overall.
New Jersey clergyman's attack on the practice of dancing, "'a waste howling wilderness,' whose only fruit is the apples of Sodom" (p. 4). The author also promises the reader that while he has himself never "experimentally" tried dancing, he feels safe in his authority on the subject, just as one who has never been hanged can expostulate on the subject of capital punishment.