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Lowell, James Russell
Poems
published by John Owenj, 1844. First edition, large 8vo, (page height 9 5/16"), pp. [iii]-xii, 279, [1]; contemporary full black morocco, tooled panels on both covers, elaborate tooling on spine, lettered direct, a.e.g., marbled endpapers, the binder's ticket of Macdonald of Cambridge; once gilt-tooled, the gilt is tarnished, oxidized, and essentially perished, but traces still visible; the whole slightly rubbed; very good and sound. This copy with a faint contemporary pencil inscription: "Miss Mary J. Chadwick from G. H. T." This copy is more than two inches taller than the regular edition, but nearly an inch shorter than the large paper copies in its original binding of brown paper-covered boards as described by BAL. This is likely a L.P. copy in a special binding by Macdonald, and trimmed accordingly. BAL 13045; Howe Library VIII, JRL 22: "This one of a very few copies of the large paper edition. Wakeman thought that Owen, the publisher, made up a few copies for presentation to his own friends." Wakeman Sale, lot 811: "Excessively rare ... Only five copies are known to me and all (except the Foote copy which was rebound in full leather) are bound in half leather and have initials or names erased from the back of the binding. I must therefore conclude that Owen printed a few copies on large paper and had them bound as above for presentation to his own friends. In support of this, Lowell was at the time too poor to indulge in anything elaborate in bindings, and furthermore there is a copy of these poems in this collection which he gave to F. C. Briggs, who after Wm. Page w … [Click Below for Full Description]
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