An Essay on Dancing (1849) J. Townley Crane A. M.


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Crane, J. Townley. An Essay on Dancing. (Hunt & Eaton: New York, ND) (copyright 1849) Ninth Edition

18mo. 132 pages. Bound in olive publisher’s cloth with a very Victorian blind-stamped frame on the front and rear cover and the title and publisher in gilt on the spine. No illustrations.

Condition: Near fine. Head and tail of spine shows minor wear, gilt is very good. paper shows some minor tanning as expected in a book of this age. No foxing or staining. Light writing in pencil on front pastedown and rear free endpaper (what looks like an older bookseller’s inventory and price).

Jonathan Townley Crane (June 18, 1819 – February 16, 1880) was an American clergyman, author and abolitionist. He was born in Connecticut Farms, in Union Township, New Jersey, and is most widely known as the father of writer Stephen Crane.” – Wikipedia

“As a religious writer, his contributions appeared largely in the periodical literature of his denomination. Most notably, he wrote “Essay on Dancing ” (1848) in which he expounded its evils; despite his own personal lack of experience with dancing, he claimed he understood its evils” – Wikipedia