Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1883. First Edition. Decorated & gilt-stamped cloth. 12mo (7 1/8" x 4 1/2"), original publisher's brown pictorial cloth with gold lettering on spine and Art Nouveau Golden Full Moon above the ocean & behind tree and rocks, illustrated with lithograph after engraving of Whittier with facsimile signature used as frontispiece (plus tissue guard), t.e.g., viii, 9 - 85 pages + 12 Ads. Very Good / None [archival polyester-sleeve added]. Item #6389
John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892) was an American Quaker poet and advocate for the abolition of slavery. Many considered him and his work a national treasure, causing his birthday to be made a holiday in many states.
He is now largely remembered for his anti-slavery writings and such poems as Barbara Frietchie, "The Barefoot Boy", "Maud Muller" and Snow-Bound.
SCARCE: clean and solid copy with clean pages and somewhat rubbed cloth. Light tan offset to frontispiece and title page caused by tissue guard. BAL 22026. Currier, Whittier Bibliography, pp.146-47.