Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1880. Small 4to. Dark blue bevel-edged cloth with ornate gilt lettering and embossed black and pale blue decorations. 103pp (rectos only). All edges gilt. Tissue-guarded frontispiece, numerous illustrations. Very good. Bit of edgewear at tips and mainly at spine head/tail; inner front hinge lightly cracked but quite strong, while text block is tight and fine. Item #49660
Handsome first U.S. edition, bearing many steel engravings by many notable illustrators of the day (some full page, many in text). First published when the poet was barely twenty years old and put into its final form in 1853, this is the first separate American edition. Text and accompanying images are bright and superb, as is the binding despite faint wear. Often found in brown cloth and green cloth, no priority is established and this seldom seen blue cloth is most striking.