Very Good. Item #5587
Burlington, NJ: David Allinson, 1815. First Edition. Small octavo; [ii], 206pp. Contemporary speckled calf with red title card and gilt lettering / rules to spine. Covers rubbed and bumped along edges and corners, with some general smudging and soiling. Pages toned, with moderate to occasionally heavy foxing throughout, along with a couple pressed leaves which have left offset marks. Previous owner's name on flyleaf and full title (Ann Gilpin on title, with her married name Ann R. Gabler on fyleaf -- most likely Ann Robinson Gilpin Stabler [1792-1882] of Sandy Spring, Maryland, whose husband Edward Stabler was a post-master, inventor of a seed drill and cornhusking device, and seal-striker for the U.S. Senate, House, Treasure, Post Office, and other government agencies). Binding is sound and pages unmarked.
Dillwyn was an unsuccessful businessman turned Quaker preacher. According to Appleton's Cyclopaedia of American Biography, "he claimed to have a foreknowledge of events, and this gift was conceded to him by the members of his denomination."
This copy from the personal library of author and language columnist William Safire.