1851 1st/1st The Golden Legend by Wadsworth Longfellow American Poetry

LONGFELLOW, Henry Wadsworth

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For after all, the best thing one can do when it is raining is let it rain.”

― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was one of the most important and well-known American poets of the 19th-century. He is highly regarded for his works such as ‘The Song of Hiawatha’ and ‘Tales of a Wayside Inn’. In 1851, Longfellow wrote one of his best, but curiously lesser-known poems, ‘The Golden Legend’.

 

This story is an allegorical tale of the struggle of good and evil between Lucifer and Christ. It follows a medieval Prince who had come strangely ill and could only be cured by the blood of a fair maiden who would willing give her own blood for the Prince.

In late 1851, Ticknor and Fields began publishing the first of 3600 copies of this book. Late in the in process, the title page date was changed to 1852 along with several changes to the text. Below is the list of first printing points that are found in this example (which were later changed).

 

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1851 1st/1st The Golden Legend by Wadsworth Longfellow American Poetry Allegory

 

For after all, the best thing one can do when it is raining is let it rain.”

― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was one of the most important and well-known American poets of the 19th-century. He is highly regarded for his works such as ‘The Song of Hiawatha’ and ‘Tales of a Wayside Inn’. In 1851, Longfellow wrote one of his best, but curiously lesser-known poems, ‘The Golden Legend’.

 

This story is an allegorical tale of the struggle of good and evil between Lucifer and Christ. It follows a medieval Prince who had come strangely ill and could only be cured by the blood of a fair maiden who would willing give her own blood for the Prince.

In late 1851, Ticknor and Fields began publishing the first of 3600 copies of this book. Late in the in process, the title page date was changed to 1852 along with several changes to the text. Below is the list of first printing points that are found in this example (which were later changed).

 

Item number: #11535

Price: $499

 

LONGFELLOW, Henry Wadsworth

 

The golden legend

 

Boston: Ticknor & Fields, 1851. First edition, first state

 

Details:

  • Collation: Complete
    • 4, [6], [2], 301, [1]
  • References: BAL 12102
  • First printing points: according to BAL
    1. 5, line 5 up: Fulgora
    2. 6, line 7: wardens
    3. 11, line 3: and restless.
    4. 14, last line: have heard
    5. 21, line 4 up: such books,
    6. 31, line 4: glow
    7. 32, line 6: wardens
    8. 139, line 11: ANACHIEL.
    9. 169, line 2 up: Ahr
    10. 176, line 7: King Rene
    11. 275, line 15: it,
    12. 291, line 1: That
  • Language: English
  • Binding: Hardcover; tight & secure
  • Size: ~7.5in X 5in (18.5cm x 12.5cm)

 

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11535

Categories

Arts & Architecture

Religion

Authors

LONGFELLOW, Henry Wadsworth

Printing Date

19th Century

Language

English

Binding

Hardcover

Book Condition

Excellent

Collation

Complete