The Cathedral. James Russell Lowell.

The Cathedral.

Boston: Fields, Osgood, & Co., 1870. 12mo, 53 pp. Title page printed in black and red and with engraved vignette and tissue guard. Original green pebbled cloth, beveled edges, upper board and backstrip decoratively stamped in gilt, lower board blind stamped, brown coated endpapers. Cloth very lightly rubbed, preliminaries foxed, very good with a gift inscription dated December 25th 1869 and the bookplate of Alfred Sutro. First edition with ALS by the author tipped in. The one-page letter on embossed "L" letter paper (foxed) is headed "Elmwood, 12th Jan, 1872" and is brief and businesslike, thanking a company for "the promptitude with which they have executed my commission" and referring to enclosed payment. It is signed "J R Lowell". The Cathedral is a long and ambitious poem from late in Lowell's career that treats of the conflicting claims of Christianity and modern science. According to the publisher's records 3016 copies were printed December 17, 1869 and bound during the period December 18, 1869 to February 25, 1870. The Christmas gift inscription on the flyleaf suggests that this copy must have been among the first to be bound. BAL 13135. The bookplate is that of Alfred Sutro (1869-1945), a prominent San Francisco lawyer and book collector and a former president of the Book Club of California. Item #122837

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