American Melodies; Containing a Single Selection from the Productions of Two Hundred Writers.
Place and Imprint: New York: Linen and Fennell, 1841.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: BAL 14357 (Morris), 997 (Park Benjamin), 1166 (Robert Montgomery Bird), etc.; American Imprints 41-3619.
Condition: Some light foxing; edges skillfully repaired; very good copy.
Book ID: 27691
Physical Description16mo, original gilt- and blind-stamped red morocco, gilt lettering, a.e.g. Frontis, engraved title and two plates.
CommentsAn important anthology of American poetry that includes early and first appearances by Emma Willard, Albert Pike, Holmes, Bryant, Longfellow, Whittier, Simms, ad infinitum - and the first version of the most famous of American songs, Robert Montgomery Bird's "God Bless America." On the front free endpaper is an inscription to another American poet "H. T. Tuckerman / from the Publishers." Tuckerman (1813-1871) was a widely published poet and literary critic and one of the great men of letters of his era. See BAL and the DAB. 19th century bookplate on the front paste-down of C. B. Tillinghast.
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