London: Printed by T.Bensley, Published for the author by Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, 1809. [iv], -134 pp. + adv [16 pp]. 4to. 29 cm. Cloth. First edition. A very good copy, small chip to lower fore corner of title leaf, scattered foxing and occasional soiling, edges browned, impressions clean, binding solid. A nice copy. Sabin 10268. CBEL III:183. Item #28630
Signed on the the title by Edwin Waugh (1817-1890), poet, often cited as "the Lancashire Burns." Errata slip before part I. Advertisement dated Dec. 1, 1808, bound in at rear. Called the greatest example of Campbell's genius by a contemporary American reviewer, Gertrude of Wyoming took as its subject the 1778 American Revolutionary War Battle in the Wyoming Valley of Pennsylvania between pro-revolution colonists and British Loyalists with their Iroquois allies. Three hundred colonists were massacred, tortured, and many killed after surrendering. British critics attacked Campbell for this poem, and Walter Scott suggested that the theme was not appropriate since it was "one in which Britain was disgraced by the atrocities of her pretended adherents."