Place and Imprint: New York: Published by E. Bliss, 1832.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: BAL 1603; American Imprints 11544.
Condition: Edges rubbed, but sound; very good copy.
Book ID: 28540
Physical Description12mo, contemporary black half calf, marbled paper boards, gilt lettering. Eight pages of publishers' terminal advertisements.
CommentsBryant’s second substantial collection of verse, which reprints the eight pieces from Poems, 1821 (including minor revisions to “Thanatopsis”) and adds 82 poems. An interesting copy: laid in is a manuscript note, probably in the hand of the publisher, to New York author and journalist James Lawson (1799-1880): "Mr. Bryant's Compliments to / Mr. Lawson and begs his acceptance / of a copy of the Talisman which / is just received from the Binder's / Dec. 14." On the verso of the front blank is a note in pencil in Lawson's hand, commenting on the quality of the binding: "I sent this edition in / 1833 [?] to a Binder in / Yonkers, highly recom- / mended to me - and / gave him a pattern / volume. / I would rather pay / the price of binding trice / told than feel as I do / at the manner in / which it is done." Lawson was a friend and collaborator with many New York writers of the period. See the DAB. The manuscript note refers to a copy of The Talisman, a literary annual to which Bryant was involved.