Place and Imprint: New York: Harper & Brothers, MDCCCLXIII [for 1843].
Edition: First edition in book form, preceded by an edition in parts.
Bibliographical References: BAL 13632; Wright I, 1837; American Imprints 43-3398.
Condition: Cloth a little worn; some light foxing; very good copy.
Book ID: 28244
Physical Description8vo, original blind-stamped brown cloth, gilt lettering. Printed in double columns.
CommentsThe selected works of popular and respected Knickerbocker writer Cornelius Mathews (1817-1889), editor, poet, novelist and collaborator with Evert Duyckinck in founding the periodical Arcturus: Journal of Books and Opinions, among many other literary accomplishments. Perry Miller in The Raven and the Whale (1956) described Mathews as “almost the only man of letters outside of New England who gave serious thought to the problem of the new direction in which an American artist might develop, who sought vistas untenanted by Irving, Bryant and Cooper. To this end Mathews wrote essays, short stories, poems, novels, and plays, each of which has a uniquely American flavor" - as quoted in the DAB. A fine New York association copy: inscribed on the front free endpaper to American author and journalist "James Lawson, Esq / with the Respects / of the Author. New York. Dec. 19, 1843." Lawson (1799-1880) was a friend and collaborator with many New York writers of the period. See the DAB for Mathews and Lawson.