New York: J. B. Ford and Company, 1874. Period B&W Lithographs mainly from engravings. 20th Edition. Decorated & gilt-stamped cloth. Thick quarto (9 1/2" x 6 3/4" x 2 1/8"), brown cloth decorated with black-rules & gilt-inlays; Introduction by William Cullen Bryant; illustrated with fine steel engraving of Bryant plus 16 handsome wood engravings & facsimiles of writing and signatures of 25 prominent poets (e.g., Emerson, Longfellow, Tennyson, Whittier, O.W. Holmes, EBB, Poe, Stowe, Julia Ward Howe); brown-coated endpapers, Index of Authors & Index of First Lines, xxxi, [xxxii] + 789 pages. Weight: 3 lbs. 5 oz. Very Good. Item #9704
Marvellous late 19th century compendium of poetry, song with many fine B&W period appealing images. Nicely illustrated gift book of mainly poetry. Handsome frontispiece engraving of William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878), American romantic "Fireside poet," journalist, and editor of the New York Evening Post.
Solid, tight, clean copy with remarkably bright and clean pages, plates, and devices. Overall moderate wear to cloth, which remains quite clean, withage- typical edge- and corner-wear. Previous owner's light pencil gift inscription [eraseable] dated "Aug '74" on a front endpaper. Clear plastic jacket added for protection.