[KEY, Francis Scott (1779-1843)]
Defence of Fort M'Henry [i.e. the Star Spangled Banner, on p. 433-434 in The Analectic Magazine ... Volume IV]
Philadelphia: Moses Thomas, 1814. 8vo. iv, 524pp, plus engraved additional title and engraved portraits of Barlow, Porter, Pike and Scott. Foxing.
Contemporary sheep, red and black morocco labels
First magazine printing of the Star Spangled Banner.
Key's four-stanza poem, originally titled "The Defence of Fort M'Henry" but soon after given the new title "The Star-Spangled Banner", was published within the November issue of The Analectic Magazine, just seven weeks after the bombardment which famously inspired its writing. An introduction explains the circumstances under which it was written, adding that "these lines have already been published in several of our newspapers; they may still, however, be new to many of our readers. Besides, we think that their merit entitles them to preservation in some more permanent form than the columns of a daily paper."
BAL 11081, G; Filby & Howard, Star-Spangled Books, B18.