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Book Condition: Near Fine
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was one of our greatest American poets. His other works include 'The Song of Hiawatha' , 'Evangeline', and 'The Courtship of Miles Standish'. This book is a First Edition and First printing. It is BAL 12150. The book is near fine and the boards are clean and decorated in gilt. This copy contains the 'TF' device at the bottom of the spine and the pendants in the device are more or less solid. BAL says that this is one of the first copies printed. It is a very early copy of a fine First edition. There is some shelfwear to the extreme top and bottom of the spine but it is quite light and all of the cloth is present. The outer corners of the book show a really small spot of wear and it is almost not worth mentioning. The book still has it's original brown endpapers and the front free endpaper (ffep) has a crease and a bit of scratching. The endpapers are in excellent condition for a book from 1868. Viewed from that perspective they seem almost new. The gilt on the front board is very bright and there is only a very small bit of fading to the gilt on the spine. The textblock is very clean with just a touch of toning and no foxing whatsoever. This is truly a very nice copy of this important book. 'The New England Tragedies' is a long dramatic poem composed of two dramas, each with a prologue and five acts. The first is titled 'John Endicott' and the second is called 'Giles Corey of the Salem Farms'. This is wonderful reading and what can I say about a first edition Longfellow? A great addition to the shelves of any collector. We are pleased to send pictures on request.