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February 17, 2013, 12:00 PM EST | Freeville, NY, US    Live Auction

Lot 5109: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow EVANGELINE A TALE OF ACADIE 1847 First Edition Epic Poem On Acadia American Literature Clamshell (10 views)

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow EVANGELINE A TALE OF ACADIE 1847 First Edition Epic Poem On Acadia American Literature Clamshell
Estimate: $600 - $750
Description: Title: Evangeline, a Tale of Acadie Author: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was an American poet and educator whose works include "Paul Revere's Ride", "The Song of Hiawatha," and "Evangeline." He was also the first American to translate Dante Alighieri's "The Divine Comedy" and was one of the five Fireside Poets. Longfellow was born in Portland, Maine, then part of Massachusetts, and studied at Bowdoin College. After spending time in Europe he became a professor at Bowdoin and, later, at Harvard College. His first major poetry collections were "Voices of the Night" (1839) and "Ballads and Other Poems" (1841). Longfellow retired from teaching in 1854 to focus on his writing, living the remainder of his life in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in a former headquarters of George Washington. His first wife, Mary Potter, died in 1835 after a miscarriage. His second wife, Frances Appleton, died in 1861 after sustaining burns from her dress catching fire. After her death, Longfellow had difficulty writing poetry for a time and focused on his translation. He died in 1882. Longfellow predominantly wrote lyric poems which are known for their musicality and which often presented stories of mythology and legend. He became the most popular American poet of his day and also had success overseas. He has been criticized, however, for imitating European styles and writing specifically for the masses. Publisher: William D. Ticknor & Company City: Boston Year: 1847 Printing Information: First Edition Binding Style: Hardcover Pagination: 160 pages Width: 5" Height: 7.75" Book Details: Condition / Notes: This copy is in the presumed Second State with "Lo" for "Long" in the first line of page 61 and four-page publisher's catalogue dated "October 1, 1847" at front of volume. Antique volume has been rebound in black cloth with stamped gilt lettering and decorative designs to spine. Book shows minimal external wear. Binding is tight. Volume has new endpapers. A small number of pages have taping to margins. Interior displays very occasional light spotting. Book is preserved in clamshell with gilt-lettered spine label. For lots which include only books, our shipping charge applies to any address within the fifty United States. For lots which are not books, the stated shipping cost in this listing will apply only to addresses within the continental 48 states. Within those parameters, the shipping cost for this lot will be: $4.50

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