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SOLD - Vintage book Poems by John G Whittier VERY RARE volume of beautiful gilt engraved design special 1886 ed dedicated to Henry B Stanton

SOLD - Vintage book Poems by John G Whittier VERY RARE volume of beautiful gilt engraved design special 1886 ed dedicated to Henry B Stanton

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There is no other book like this one.

I've done an exhaustive search and cannot find this edition, a very detailed book designed with such care it is stunning to behold. I know I used the word "behold" and that probably sounded stupid, but that's what came to mind while holding this book--it is just amazing to behold :)

The shining gold on the front and spine are nothing compared to the intricate engravings of a pegasus, flowers and vines, swirling manuscript ends and sunbeams, it is just unbelievable how books were created to look back in those days (1886 to be exact, with this particular book) and how little they sold for back then! I don't know how much this one went for but I can guarantee it was not enough. Not by a long shot.

Once you get past the outside of the book the inside grabs you just as much. "Poems" is John Greenleaf Whittier's masterpiece of poetry that stands alongside "The Poetical Works of John Greenleaf Whittier," another poetry collection of his, very nicely. Any collector or lover of poetry has to have this one in addition to whatever edition of that book they likely already own, as there were many, many copies printed when it came out, unlike this one which is harder to find.

But its words are lasting, and will last if the right person buys this book and keeps it for themselves to love and read the man's special works from his "Stanzas" to his "Miscellaneous Poems" as this book is broken into.

Some of my favorites are what is pictured, "The Black Fox," and "The Aerial Omens" to name only two.

Here is a quote from one of Whittier's various unnamed "Stanzas," many of which have to do with slavery and certainly the poet's anti-slavery sentiment which comes across so passionately in his words:

"Up now for freedom!--not in strife
Like that your sterner fathers saw--
The awful waste of human life--
The glory and the guilt of war:
But break the chain--the yoke remove,
And smite to earth Opression's rod,
With those mild arms of Truth and Love,
Made mighty through the living God!"

And one of my personal favorites, from "Toussaint L'Ouverture" --

"The moon was up. One general smile
Was resting on the Indian isle--
Mild, pure, ethereal; rock and wood,
In searching sunshine, wild and rude,
Rose mellow'd through the silver gleam,
Soft as the landscape of a dream."

Or these lines from "The Unquiet Sleeper":

"A bitter frost!--for the night was chill.
And starry and dark, and the wind was still,
And so when the sun looked out on the hills,
On the stricken woods and the frosted rills,
The unvaried green of the landscape fled,
And a wild, rich robe was given instead."

There are so many cool poems (I don't know what else to call them aside from very cool, he was a cool writer with cool ideas and a strong heart, that is the description that comes to mind. Sorry for the lack of a better more articulate, educated description! Haha) in here that I read this book in nearly one sitting, I just couldn't stop!

I hope someone else will find this rare volume and buy it to put on their shelf, and take it down and read it as quickly as I did, taking it in at a fast pace, and then taking it down again to read later on slower, learning and enjoying it more and more as they pore over the words time and time again. There is always something new that hits you when you reread poetry, isn't there?

And here's the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full title: Poems by John G. Whittier
-Author: John Greenleaf Whittier
-Format: Hardcover, special 1886 edition, black and white illustrated frontispiece protected by wax sheet between title page, red border on every page, gilt page-ends and gorgeous engraved and gilded cover and spine in grayish teal, burgundy and of course the gold! Endpapers are a flowered pattern in black and white.
-Condition: The wax sheet is somewhat detached (although I feel weird even writing that it's so stupidly insignificant haha), but otherwise the book is in perfect condition with only browning pages that tell of its age (making it even more beautifully antique) and no writing or marks inside whatsoever.
-Publisher: Worthington Co., New York
-Copyright: Unstated but research indicates John G Whittier, 1886
-Date published: 1886
-Provenance: I'll never tell! This one was a special find however, that happened upon me in a very fateful way in Connecticut this past month, May 2017.
-Pricing: The book is priced based on the fact it is so rare there is no other copy like this out there, and its reputation as a work of pure artistic talent in poetry historically. Any of Whittier's works are worth a lot of money, but this copy specifically dedicated to Henry B Stanton is a masterpiece and higher up on the chain of his books comparatively.
There is no other book like this one.

I've done an exhaustive search and cannot find this edition, a very detailed book designed with such care it is stunning to behold. I know I used the word "behold" and that probably sounded stupid, but that's what came to mind while holding this book--it is just amazing to behold :)

The shining gold on the front and spine are nothing compared to the intricate engravings of a pegasus, flowers and vines, swirling manuscript ends and sunbeams, it is just unbelievable how books were created to look back in those days (1886 to be exact, with this particular book) and how little they sold for back then! I don't know how much this one went for but I can guarantee it was not enough. Not by a long shot.

Once you get past the outside of the book the inside grabs you just as much. "Poems" is John Greenleaf Whittier's masterpiece of poetry that stands alongside "The Poetical Works of John Greenleaf Whittier," another poetry collection of his, very nicely. Any collector or lover of poetry has to have this one in addition to whatever edition of that book they likely already own, as there were many, many copies printed when it came out, unlike this one which is harder to find.

But its words are lasting, and will last if the right person buys this book and keeps it for themselves to love and read the man's special works from his "Stanzas" to his "Miscellaneous Poems" as this book is broken into.

Some of my favorites are what is pictured, "The Black Fox," and "The Aerial Omens" to name only two.

Here is a quote from one of Whittier's various unnamed "Stanzas," many of which have to do with slavery and certainly the poet's anti-slavery sentiment which comes across so passionately in his words:

"Up now for freedom!--not in strife
Like that your sterner fathers saw--
The awful waste of human life--
The glory and the guilt of war:
But break the chain--the yoke remove,
And smite to earth Opression's rod,
With those mild arms of Truth and Love,
Made mighty through the living God!"

And one of my personal favorites, from "Toussaint L'Ouverture" --

"The moon was up. One general smile
Was resting on the Indian isle--
Mild, pure, ethereal; rock and wood,
In searching sunshine, wild and rude,
Rose mellow'd through the silver gleam,
Soft as the landscape of a dream."

Or these lines from "The Unquiet Sleeper":

"A bitter frost!--for the night was chill.
And starry and dark, and the wind was still,
And so when the sun looked out on the hills,
On the stricken woods and the frosted rills,
The unvaried green of the landscape fled,
And a wild, rich robe was given instead."

There are so many cool poems (I don't know what else to call them aside from very cool, he was a cool writer with cool ideas and a strong heart, that is the description that comes to mind. Sorry for the lack of a better more articulate, educated description! Haha) in here that I read this book in nearly one sitting, I just couldn't stop!

I hope someone else will find this rare volume and buy it to put on their shelf, and take it down and read it as quickly as I did, taking it in at a fast pace, and then taking it down again to read later on slower, learning and enjoying it more and more as they pore over the words time and time again. There is always something new that hits you when you reread poetry, isn't there?

And here's the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full title: Poems by John G. Whittier
-Author: John Greenleaf Whittier
-Format: Hardcover, special 1886 edition, black and white illustrated frontispiece protected by wax sheet between title page, red border on every page, gilt page-ends and gorgeous engraved and gilded cover and spine in grayish teal, burgundy and of course the gold! Endpapers are a flowered pattern in black and white.
-Condition: The wax sheet is somewhat detached (although I feel weird even writing that it's so stupidly insignificant haha), but otherwise the book is in perfect condition with only browning pages that tell of its age (making it even more beautifully antique) and no writing or marks inside whatsoever.
-Publisher: Worthington Co., New York
-Copyright: Unstated but research indicates John G Whittier, 1886
-Date published: 1886
-Provenance: I'll never tell! This one was a special find however, that happened upon me in a very fateful way in Connecticut this past month, May 2017.
-Pricing: The book is priced based on the fact it is so rare there is no other copy like this out there, and its reputation as a work of pure artistic talent in poetry historically. Any of Whittier's works are worth a lot of money, but this copy specifically dedicated to Henry B Stanton is a masterpiece and higher up on the chain of his books comparatively.

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Absolutely! I'm willing to do anything to get this book to you, but I will not write on it. If it is not in the condition you want, I know preservation techniques and will certainly oblige as best I can. You just need to let me know.
I will wrap the book any way you want. It is special and so are you, you deserve it! I will also write cards, include photographs, anything you'd like that would make this transaction more, well, you.
I won't tell you how to care for your book, but as to how they are cared for now, they are housed in two places -- some are wrapped in plastic in my main room in the part of the house that used to be a quaint B&B, lined on lovely old wooden bookshelves; others are stacked in piles or leaning on cool, creative and different bookends all round the room, and all are given care, attention, and kept away from my dog :)

Others sit in my library, in built-in authentic 1800s wooden and glass-door library shelves that line the walls in a secluded room in a historic home on the shore. With vintage, warm lamplights over the tiny marble fireplace, the library's windows catch plenty of sunlight--the books are in good homes and will arrive undamaged.
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I am more than willing to hunt down a specific book for you. This can take time, however, and would be a matter of personal back-and-forth on the site so you would have to keep in contact. There is no guarantee. I'm good at finding things however, and if I cannot find it to sell to you myself I will direct you to where I can find it online, if I can.

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Contact me directly via the site and I will do my absolute best to help correct it. There should be no problems.
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