1851 · New York
Early American edition of Gilfillan's study of the Bible as poetry, from Harper; Appleton also released an American edition in 1851. The work was reprinted several times and later released as The Poets and Poetry of the Bible.
Gilfillan was a Scot and one of the "Spasmodic" poets. The DNB notes this is "one of [his] most striking performances: he treated the prophets in much the same way that he had treated poets in his Gallery series, creating intense, impressionistic portraits of them in an attempt to convey their essential spirit and message."
A binder's label of Lane S. Hart of Harrisburg, PA, is attached to the front pastedown.
Provenance: Inscribed in pencil to Sydney P. D[ru?]mott from Mamma. Half-black roan with marbled paper covered boards, spine lettered and ruled in gilt, all edges speckled; joints (outside) rubbed and starting; front hinge (inside) cracked, with some offsetting on fly-leaves from binding. Inscription as above, one interior tear, waterstaining to bottom corner of a few gatherings, light to moderate age-toning, foxing, and spotting. A good, decent old book; used and ready to see more use. (Inventory #: 37248)