early American book publishing, book collecting, rare books, illustrated books, engraving
Arts and Humanities | History
As a committed book collector, David Fraser searches for the first American illustrated book ever published in the United States in order to shed light on early American book publishing.
After an analysis of one candidate, Charlotte Smith's Sonnets, Fraser determines it does not quite fit the criteria of first illustrated American book. Instead, he nominates M'Fingal: A Modern Epic Poem in Four Cantos by John Trumbull.
Fraser, David A. "From the Collector's Library: The First Illustrated American Book." The Courier 11.1 (1973): 65-70.