1856 The Poetical Works of Henry Longfellow. Gauffered edges. Extra-illustrated.

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An extra-illustrated and gauffered mid-19th century edition of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's Poetical Works. Bound with attractively blind-tooled boards and the title in gilt on the spine.

About the Work -

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (February 27, 1807 – March 24, 1882) was an American poet and educator whose works include "Paul Revere's Ride", The Song of Hiawatha, and Evangeline. He was also the first American to translate Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy and was one of the five Fireside Poets from New England. Longfellow wrote many lyric poems known for their musicality and often presenting stories of mythology and legend. He became the most popular American poet of his day and also had success overseas. He has been criticized, however, for imitating European styles and writing specifically for the masses.

Physical Attributes -

Measures approx. 17 x 10 x 3 cm. Leather binding. Title in gilt on spine with four other blind-tooled compartments between five cords. Gauffered edges. All edges gilt (AEG). Extra-illustrated. Pages - 371 numbered pages.

Condition -

See pictures. Binding sunned with ghost of facing books on front and rear board, spine lightened. A little wear at edges. Silk ribbon detached at top-edge. Pencil bookseller notes on 1st blank unpaginated pages; at the verso there are two gift inscriptions, one from 1857 and one from 1955. Tissue guard at page 114 loose. Plates have some toning/foxing, but not bad (see pics). All the extra-illustrated plates have been trimmed to a smaller size than the book.

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