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[LONGFELLOW, Henry Wadsworth, editor]
Manuel de Proverbes Dramatiques
Portland, Maine: Samuel Coleman, 1830. Split to front joint, label chipped, some soiling; foxed, but in entirely original condition. 8vo (198 x 115 mm). [4], 288 pages. Half-title. Original cloth, printed paper spine label, uncut and largely unopened. Provenance: James Greenleaf, Longfellow's brother-in-law, see below (contemporary ownership signature on front free endpaper) - P. K. Foley (1903 purchase identification on slip tipped to rear pastedown). FIRST EDITION, second issue, containing 288 pages and the errors in pagination on p. 278 and 288. BAL describes a "preliminary edition" of 156 pages only, comprising roughly half of the work, i.e. the first seven 'proverbes dramatiques' to which an additional seven were added to this issue. The "preliminary edition" is more accurately described as the first issue, and since its spine label read "Tome I" it seems evident that the plan was to publish the work in two volumes. Livingstone notes that the first portion was largely reset for the second issue. Longfellow had joined the faculty of his alma mater Bowdoin in late 1829 (his grandfather was a cofounder of the college, and his father a trustee). While teaching in his first year as a professor of languages, Longfellow anonymously edited three volumes to be used in French courses, all of which were published by Coleman in 1830. He wrote to Alexander Slidell Mackenzie that the present work collected short comedies, "such as are performed in the Soirées of Paris... I shall send you the 'première livraison' [BAL's preliminary edition] with the grammar: for from necessity I s … [Click Below for Full Description]
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