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Exhibition Themes > Literature > 196. Phyllis Wheatley

196.  Phyllis Wheatley (1753-1784).  Poems on various subjects, religious and moral. London: Printed; Philadelphia: Re-printed, Joseph Crukshank, 1786. RBML

This is the first American edition of the first book of poems by an African-American and the first substantial work by an African-American to be published in this country. Although the English edition is common, there are only seven known copies of the American edition.

Purchased on the Charles W. Mixer Fund, 1983

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