Astraea: the balance of illusions. A poem delivered before the Phi Beta Kappa society of Yale College, August 14, 1850.

Boston: Ticknor, Reed and Fields, 1850. 12mo. 39 pp. FIRST EDITION. Original yellow printed boards, cover soiled; a few occasional spots to interior, otherwise a clean uncut copy housed in a cloth folding case. Inscription to verso of title. Item #12249

First edition, first printing, state A, without the advertisement between front endpapers; binding A. Until the Cambridge edition of 1895, this poem never appeared as a whole in any of the American editions of Holmes’ collected works. Only seven parts of this work appeared in Songs in many keys, 1862, representing less than half of the full poem. BAL, 8757; C&T, p. 47; Cushing, H405; Osler 4938.

Price: $300.00

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