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WHITTIER, John Greenleaf.

Mabel Martin.

A Harvest Idyl. With Illustrations.

Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1876 Stock Code: 146006
£1,750.00
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Inscribed by Longfellow to his youngest daughter

Third edition thus, inscribed on the front free endpaper verso by the American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1883) to his youngest daughter "Annie Allegra Longfellow on her twentieth birthday with her father's love. Nov. 8. 1875". This is a an attractive copy with a lovely association.

The last of Longfelow's six children, Anne Longfellow (1855-1934) was immortalized in his 1860 poem "The Children's Hour" as "laughing Allegra" in the verse "From my study I see in the lamplight,/Descending the broad hall stair,/Grave Alice, and laughing Allegra,/And Edith with golden hair". The following year saw the tragic death of wife and mother Frances "Fanny" Elizabeth Appleton (1817-1861), who accidentally set herself on fire and died of her burns, after which Longfellow found himself unable to compose poetry and turned his energies to the ambitious translation of Dante's Divina Commedia. He found a connection with one of his daughters, Edith who was two years older than Anne, through teaching her to read Italian poetry with him, and remained a loving father, as shown in this warm inscription.

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Description

Octavo. Original green pebble-grain cloth, decorative titles in gilt to spine and in gilt and black within decorative black frames to front board, brown coated endpapers, all edges gilt.

Illustrations

Tissue-guarded frontispiece and numerous in-text illustrations.

Condition

Cocked, a hint of wear to corners, the binding otherwise sound and bright, internally clean and fresh; a very good copy indeed.

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