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THE COURTSHIP OF MILES STANDISH

THE COURTSHIP OF MILES STANDISH

Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth A Longfellow-penned, SIGNED-and-dated quotation from "A Psalm of Life" (stanza 1: on 4 3/4" x 6" stock) has been tipped in between the frontal leaves (after the brown-coated front free endpaper & before the half-title), small 8vo (4 3/4" x 7 1/2"), original publisher's brown cloth with gilt title on spine and decorative blindstamping and bordering rules on front cover, brown-coated endpapers, 215 pages, [1] blank verso + [1],2-11,[12] pages of Ads for Ticknor and Fields inserted at rear, dated October, 1858. Housed in a fine quarter-Morocco brown leather and thin-ribbed purple cloth slipcase with five hubs & elaborate gilt patterning on spine with protective sliding tri-fold purple inner casing to protect this splendid volume. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882) was a great American poet and educator whose works include "Paul Revere's Ride," The Song of Hiawatha, and Evangeline, and "A Psalm of Life" (1838) which were and remain mainstays of national culture. He was also the first American to translate Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy, and was one of the five Fireside Poets from New England. In addition to being in SUPERIOR overall condition, this impressive volume includes a handsome Longfellow SIGNED-and-dated poem dated June 3, 1875 (with one horizontal fold: 4 3/4" x 6"): it is the first stanza from one of his most famous poems, "A Psalm of Life." "Tell me not, in mournful numbers, Life is but an empty dream! For the soul is dead that slumbers, And things are not what they seem." The handsomely written poem has been professionally affixed to a ~1" strip inserted before the half title. The front free brown endpaper has affixed a single sheet advertising Scott's Waverley novels, noted by BAL (V, p.497) as present in some early copies. The inner hinges (front and rear) have been professionally reinforced with brown-shaded binder's tape. The cloth is in remarkable condition: clean, minimally rubbed, with moderately faded gilt on the spine, and a minute (~1/16") chip lost from the upper spine by the rear upper gutter. There is also an attractive bookplate by the previous booklover on the front pastedown (from whose local estate we obtained this fine copy). First edition, First printing. First issue with "Cry of pain on crags Caucasian, (p.119, last line); and "The revel of the treacherous wine," (p.124, line 3); and twelve pages of ads for Ticknor & Fields inserted at the rear dated October, 1858. BAL 12122. Slipcase: Quarter Brown Morocco and purple cloth over boards