Voices of the Night -- INSCRIBED

Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth

Editorial: Cambridge, MA: John Owen, 1839, 1839
Librería: Carpe Librum (Williamstown, MA, Estados Unidos de America)

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Inscribed by the author "Mrs. Charles Amory, from the author, with his regards and best wishes, December 25, 1839." The first edition of the author's first book of poems, printed in an edition of only 900 copies. BAL 12065. Longfellow met Amory (1808-1898) in 1829, when both were students at Gottingen. They renewed the acquaintance in 1836 when both found themselves at Harvard, where Longfellow had been appointed as a professor and Amory was studying medicine. In his journal for 1838, the poet referred to his friend as "my usual resource" for dinner. With three other companions, including the future senator Charles Sumner, the two formed a small circle known as "The Five of Clubs." In 1841, Longfellow would allude to Amory and two other friends with the same surname in his poem "To the River Charles": "thy name reminds me / Of three friends, all true and tried, / And that name, like magic binds me / Closer, closer to thy side." His wife, Martha Babcock Greene Amory (1812-1880) was the granddaughter of John Singleton Copley, and his first biographer. She married Amory in 1832, and chronicled their wedding journey - a grand tour of Europe -- in detailed letters published by D. B. Updike in two volumes in 1922. Small pencil inscription to second blank: "Morris Carter from S.G.D." S.G.D. is Susan Greene Dexter (1840-1903), the Amory's daughter. Carter (1877-1965), who wrote a biography of Isabella Stewart Gardner, was the first director of the Museum she founded, serving from 1924 until his retirement in 1955. An exceptional association copy with an impeccable provenance linking a number of the first families of Boston. Beautifully bound in full maroon leather decorated in gold. N° de ref. de la librería 15959

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Título: Voices of the Night -- INSCRIBED

Editorial: Cambridge, MA: John Owen, 1839

Año de publicación: 1839

Edición: First Edition.

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