An elegy on the much lamented death of the ingenious and well-belov'd Aquila Rose, clerk to the honourable assembly at Philadelphia, who died the 24th of the 6th month, 1723, aged 28.
- Philadelphia : Printed and sold by S. Keimer ..., 
1 sheet ( p.) ; 40 x 32 cm.
- .)o. w,e. e,he t.nt (S) 1723 (Q)
- Rose, Aquila, 1695-1723.
Printed ephemera -- Pennsylvania -- 18th century -- Specimens.
- Broadsides -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- 18th century.
- Place of Publication:
- United States Pennsylvania Philadelphia.
- "Composed directly in type (without intervening recourse to pen and paper) by Philadelphia's most eccentric printer-poet (Samuel Keimer) about the city's second most famous journeyman (Aquila Rose, poet and secretary to the Assembly) and worked off by the city's most famous printer and man of letters (Benjamin Franklin)."--C.D. Valentino, Samuel Keimer's Elegy on the death of Aquila Rose (Philadelphia: Carmen D. Valentino, 2000), p. 1. Franklin's contribution to the printing of the Elegy is recorded in his Autobiography; cf. Campbell, p. 10-11.
Imprint date from Sabin.
Broadside (horizontal chain lines).
Text printed in double columns within a mourning border.
Woodcut headband: "Unrecorded memento mori, 3.1 x 23.5 cm., entirely unknown outside of its use in this broadside. May have been cut by Keimer's first employee, Benjamin Franklin"--C.D. Valentino, Samuel Keimer's Elegy on the death of Aquila Rose, p. 4.
Text begins: What mournful accents thus accost mine ear ...
- Local notes:
- Acquired for the Penn Libraries with assistance from the Rosengarten Family Fund.
RBC copy: For a full description of this copy, see C.D. Valentino, Samuel Keimer's Elegy on the death of Aquila Rose (Philadelphia: Carmen D. Valentino, 2000), p. 4.
RBC copy has in lower right-hand margin ms. calculation in pencil "in the hand of Pennsylvania historian Samuel Hazard (1784-1870) ... figuring the broadside to be 105 years old in 1828."--C.D. Valentino, Samuel Keimer's Elegy on the death of Aquila Rose, p. 4.
RBC copy purchased for the Penn Libraries in 2015 from Carmen D. Valentino.
RBC copy formerly owned by Samuel Hazard and housed by him in a scrapbook with spine title: Views & portraits Philada. (For a description of the scrapbook and its other contents, see record for Ms. Coll. 1257) Cf. C.D. Valentino, Samuel Keimer's Elegy on the death of Aquila Rose, p. 9.
RBC copy formerly owned by Maria Percy Hazard (later Veitch; 1828-1919). Cf. C.D. Valentino, Samuel Keimer's Elegy on the death of Aquila Rose, p. 9.
RBC copy has some small tears mended along previous folds; portion of head margin torn off (with minor damage to headband) and mended with a blank leaf.
- Penn Provenance:
- Valentino, Carmen D. (former owner) (RBC copy)
Hazard, Samuel, 1784-1870 (former owner) (RBC copy)
Hazard, Maria Percy (former owner) (RBC copy)
- Penn Chronology:
- Cited in:
- Campbell, W.J. Collection of Franklin imprints in the Museum of the Curtis Publishing Company, X48
Evans, C. American bibliography, 2436
Hazard, S. "Curiosity." In Register of Pennsylvania, v. 2, no. 17 (8 November 1828): 262-263, p. 262
Hildeburn, C.R. Century of printing, 203
Sabin, J. Dictionary of books relating to America from its discovery to the present time, 73234
Valentino, C.D. "Summary inventory of Samuel Hazard's scrapbook views & portraits.” In Samuel Keimer's Elegy on the death of Aquila Rose, 10-12, I.3
- Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Rosengarten Family Fund.
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