The Poetical Works

LOWELL, James Russell; [Thomas HUGHES, Ed.]. The Poetical Works.

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LOWELL, James Russell; [Thomas HUGHES, Ed.] The Poetical Works London: Macmillan and Co., 1896.

8vo., half vellum over green cloth boards, with spine prettily, and elaborately decorated in gilt in an art nouveau style, constrasting leather label gilt to spine; upper edge gilt, outer edge untrimmed; marbled endpapers; frontispiece portrait of the poet behind mounted tissue guard; pp. [vii], vi-xxxvi, [i], 2-548, [ii]; a beautiful, fresh copy, externally near-fine, the label a little rubbed, with just a hint of dusting to the upper edge; very light spotting to endleaves and one or two damp marks to frontis.
Reprint of the first edition, first published in 1891, in a fine binding by Riviere & Son.
A charming collection of poems by James Russell Lowell, an American Romantic 'Fireside' Poet and ardant abolitionist, whose depiction of the 'true' Yankee dialect, as well as his many satires, was an inspiration to writers such as Mark Twain. The Introduction has been provided by Thomas Hughes, of Tom Brown's School Days fame.