James R. Osgood and Company. Hardcover. Boston, 1871. 8vo, publisher's green cloth, 433 pp. A beautiful copy of the first printing, in near pristine condition with slightest shelfwear to extremities of boards. About fine overall. One of 2,100 copies of the first edition, first printing, meeting all first printing points as specified in BAL 13139 (FO Monogram at heel of spine, points on pp. 274 and 293, etc.). "Unburdened by a philosophical system or program, Lowell as a critic possessed a scholar's care for detail and a stylist's delight in expression, and his major essays, such as "Chaucer" (1870), "Spenser" (1875), and "Dante" (1872), remain durable pieces of critical exposition, informed by an appreciation of the literary text in both its historical and linguistic complexities. These, along with many of his other prose pieces, were collected in Among My Books (1870), My Study Windows (1871), and Among My Books: Second Series (1876); not only did they establish beyond question Lowell's reputation as the nation's leading man of letters, but they were also among the most popular of his books." - ANB . Fine. 1871. First Edition. (Inventory #: 15729)
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