THE NEW-ENGLAND TRAGEDIES. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.


[original full leather binding] I. John Endicott. II. Giles Corey of the Salem Farms. Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1868. Original full brown morocco decoratively stamped in black, marbled endpapers, all page edges gilt.

First Edition (issued simultaneously with the London and the Leipzig editions) of this pair of "New England tragedies," drama in verse form: "John Endicott" takes place in Boston in 1665, and "Giles Corey" takes place in Salem in 1692 (at the time of the witch hysteria).

Standard copies were bound in green, purple, or terra-cotta cloth, but Blanck notes three full-morocco bindings, differing mainly in the cover device and in endpapers: this is his "A" morocco binding, one of the two with marbled endpapers. There were four printings in 1868, indistinguishable from each other; this copy has un-battered type in "Isaiah" on p. 12 and in "Upsall" on p. 71 -- which would indicate one of the earlier printings (if not the first). Condition is very good-plus (some rubbing at the joints and corners). Regular cloth copies of this title are not scarce, but any of the full-morocco bindings is quite uncommon. Blanck 12150. Item #14683

Price: $325.00

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