Publisher: Boston: Phillips & Sampson, 1845,
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: American Imprints 45-3179.
Condition: Boards soiled; some light foxing; Very good copy.
Book ID: 27887
Description8vo, original yellow glazed boards rebacked with a new printed paper label, a.e.g.
CommentsA scarce collection of 50 poems and sonnets by Henry Beck Hirst (1813-74), lawyer, poet, musician, amateur ornithologist, conchologist and botanist. Hirst was a native of Philadelphia, where he practiced law and pursued many other interests, including poetry. He contributed to numerous periodicals, published several volumes of poems, sheet music, and he had a keen interest in birds. His first work was a book about caged birds entitled, The Book of Caged Birds (1843), which also contained some of his poetry about birds, as does this volume. Hirst was a friend of Poe, who favorably reviewed this volume, but they had a falling out over Hirst's insistence that he, and not Poe, was the author of another bird poem, "The Raven." Apparently absinthe got the better of Hirst in his later life and he published no books after 1849.