New York: Samuel Hueston, 1855. FIRST EDITION. With frontispiece and 48 engraved plates, tissue guards present, including portrait of Holmes. Full calf, decorated in blind in a flower and star pattern and gilt by Somerville, back cover detached, spine cracked and small piece missing at foot. Item #12257
First edition of a gift book issued to raise money to build the editor a cottage overlooking the Hudson River. Holmes’ contribution was A vision of the Housatonic (this was the original title, it being changed later to After a lecture on Wordsworth). Other contributions include Conversations With Talma by Washington Irving, The Bride of the Ice-King by Donald Mitchell, A Curt History of The United States: In The Hebraic Manner by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft, and works by Longfellow, Lowell, Bryant, J. T. Fields, Sargent, and G. W. Curtis, many printed here for the first time. BAL, 1033; C&T, pp. 420 & 536.