(Boston: Old South Fair Committee, 1879). 185 x 149 mm. (7 1/4 x 5 7/8"). , 35 pp. DELUXE EDITION.
HANDSOME CONTEMPORARY DARK BLUE MOROCCO, covers with plain and decorative gilt-ruled borders, corners with gilt acanthus leaves and rose motif, raised bands, spine gilt in compartments with framed floral tools and lettering, RED MOROCCO DOUBLURES with plain gilt rules and cornerpieces with circular blue morocco inlays on a field of gold stippling and scrolls, all within a dark blue morocco frame, cream-colored watered silk endpapers, all edges gilt. Housed in a folding blue cloth chemise with matching slipcase backed in light blue morocco, raised bands, compartments with gilt frames and lettering. Engraved frontispiece, title page vignette, decorative initials, and 12 in-text illustrations. THE FACING PAGES OF THE OPENINGS OF THE VARIOUS POEMS SIGNED BY CONTRIBUTING POETS HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW, OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES, JOHN GREENLEAF WHITTIER, JULIA WARD HOWE, EDWARD EVERETT HALE, AND JAMES FREEMAN CLARKE. BAL 12194B (1877 edition). A VIRTUALLY FAULTLESS COPY, the text immaculate, and the lavishly decorated binding unworn and glittering with gilt.
This is the deluxe edition of a work originally published in 1877 (without any autographs), containing the signatures of six major American poets and sumptuously bound in an extremely well-preserved binding. The book was published "for the Benefit of the Old South Preservation Fund" by a committee formed in 1877 to preserve the Old South Meeting House in Boston, an historic Congregational church and important gathering place in the lead-up to the American Revolution. After the Great Fire of 1872, which nearly destroyed the building, the "New" Old South Church was built in Copley Square, and the Meeting House reopened as a museum in 1877. The present work, evidently conceived as a fundraiser for the building, features poems that celebrate the "Old South" by poets who have strong connections to the Boston area. In addition to the signatures of each author, this copy also boasts a luxurious binding. Though unsigned, the quality of the work here is first rate, and was certainly done by a very talented artisan. This autographed edition seems to be very rare on the market: we were able to trace just one other copy at auction. (ST15504)
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PJP Catalog: 75.244