Publisher: Philadelphia: Joseph Healy; Boston: Weeks, Jordan; New York: John S. Taylor, 1838.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: BAL 21710, binding A; American Imprints 53638.
Condition: Edges a little rubbed; light foxing; very good copy.
Book ID: 28115
Description12mo, original floral patterned blue-green cloth, gilt lettering on the upper board.
Comments¶ An early and substantial collection of over 50 poems by John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1891). The first part contains 24 of his memorable abolitionist poems, collected for the first time with his approval. In 1837, Isaac Knapp of Boston published Whittier's Poems Written During the Progress of Abolition Question, but it was issued without Whittier's permission, and according to the poet, was riddled with typos, etc. Lending library label of the Suffolk Lyceum Library, with their rules, on the front paste-down. On the front free endpaper is an intriguing faint pencil inscription to a "Mrs. Mary [??] Lincoln / a present from / Mr. Lincoln / March 10th, 1845." Extensive research on this has led . . . nowhere.