Publisher: New York: Adlard & Saunders, 1838.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: BAL 14355; American Imprints 51776.
Condition: Twentieth century bookplate on front pastedown; very good copy.
Book ID: 17293
Description8vo, original blind- and gilt-stamped blue-gray cloth (skillfully rebacked), gilt lettering.
Comments¶ Morris’ first book, which includes his famous poem “The Oak,” the first line of which is “Woodman, spare that tree!” See Merle Johnson, You Know These Lines, pages 120-121. Morris, an influential Knickerbocker literary figure, was the founder and editor of the New York Mirror, an early American literary magazine which encouraged and published the works of Bryant, Willis, Paulding, Fay (to whom this book is dedicated) and Halleck. Inscribed on the front free endpaper: “Hon. William T. McCoun [sp?] / Chancellor of the State of New York / with the profound esteem / and most respectful complements of / The Author.”.