The Poets of America: Illustrated by One of Her Painters. John Keese.

The Poets of America: Illustrated by One of Her Painters.

New York: Published by S. Colman, 1840. Third edition (see below). 8vo, publisher’s gilt- and blind-stamped pebbled green sheep, 284 pages, a.e.g. Frontis, engraved title page, illus. Fragile binding a bit rubbed and sunned, with a shallow two-inch crack to the joint from the head of the spine; light foxing throughout; a very good copy. Item #19646

An important and attractive early anthology of American verse edited by the book auctioneer Keese, with illustrations from American painter John G. Chapman. Includes such early American poetical stalwarts as Percival, Drake, Halleck, Longfellow, Sigourney, and Bryant. Small early neat ink ownership signature dated March, 1840 to a front blank. Sabin 31763; Hamilton 491; BAL 3277 (Willis Gaylord Clark). See BAL vol. 1, page 232-233 for the points of difference between the three editions (corrections, inserted cancels, etc.), this the third of three 1840 editions with engraved title page state C, page [18] engraving in state C, engraved borders of pp. 48-49 in state B, pages 90-91 in state D, engravings to pages 222-223 in state C, page 299 engraving in state B. Curiously, the binding a variation of what BAL calls the first edition binding.

Price: $150.00

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