1871 · New York
The first separate book edition of William Cullen Bryant's lyrical poem, which originally appeared in his Thirty Poems (1864); an American romantic poet and longtime editor of the New York Evening Post, he established his reputation as poet with works such as "To a Waterfowl" and "Thanatopsis." Here his poem is => illustrated with 42 wood engravings from designs provided by notable artists such as Winslow Homer, Henry Fenn, and William John Hennessy, while William James Linton and others were responsible for the engraving.
A four-line bookseller's snipped catalogue entry is mounted on the front pastedown and shows a price of five shillings, six pence.
Binding: Publisher's brown morocco stamped in gilt, black, and blind with gilt lettering to front board and spine; five raised bands to spine, gilt-stamped turn-ins, and marbled endpapers. All edges gilt.
Provenance: On front fly-leaf, signature of "J. Favre(?)"; on verso of front free endpaper, another owner's penciled notes of purchase history and points of interest. (On a laid-in slip of paper, that second owner speculates that "Favre" was the French statesman Jules Favre (1809–80), but a quick search shows his signature did not match this one.)
BAL 1720. Bound as above, rubbed and abraded, corners bumped. Spots of staining to a handful of leaves, faint penciled swirl on p. 19, small tear to bottom edge of rear free endpaper; engravings protected by guard-sheets. => A nice copy with numerous, charming illustrations. (Inventory #: 37403)