How Lisa Loved the King

ELIOT, George. How Lisa Loved the King.

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ELIOT, George. How Lisa Loved the King. Boston: Fields Osgood, 1869.

8vo., original green cloth lettered in gilt on upper board; pp. [vi], 48; [vi]; a little rubbing to cloth, and pages evenly browned throughout; otherwise a very good copy.
First edition. This long poem first appeared in Blackwood's Magazine in May 1869; shortly afterwards being published in book form in America, as here, by Fields & Osgood. It did not appear in book form in England until 1874 when it was included in The Legend of Jubal and Other Poems.
From a contemporary review: " It is the sweetest of trifles--a rosebud dropped in her garlanded path, the fragrance of which will linger long with every lover of lofty or graceful thought wedded to verse...Slender in pages as is this little poem--in the estimation of the author probably not worth making a book of--it is yet so truly poetic in its conception and treatment, that we know not, in the wide range of more pretentious volumes, a better companion for a Summer afternoon than the sweetly touching story, "How Lisa Loved the King."