1858. Boston: Ticknor & Fields, 1858.
8vo, [i-vi], -215 pp. Original purple blind-stamped publisher’s cloth with gilt-stamped central medallions and backstrip, brown coated endpapers, cloth a little worn, crown of backstrip chipped, cloth on hinges just beginning to split, rear endpaper neatly excised. A sound, unsophisticated copy.
§ First edition, first printing with "The revel of the treacherous wine" as the last line on p.19, in the cloth, gilt-extra binding, one of three binding styles described by Blanck (BAL12122, no priority). An important Longfellow volume with some of his most famous poems. Longfellow claimed that his tragi-comic ballad of a Pilgrim love triangle was inspired by true events; he was himself descended from the Plymouth Pilgrims, including the real-life namesakes of his poem’s protagonists. Item #105997