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Vintage book Evangeline by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, special 1895 Minnehaha Edition, famous Tale of Acadie in verse w/ silver cover detail

Vintage book Evangeline by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, special 1895 Minnehaha Edition, famous Tale of Acadie in verse w/ silver cover detail

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There is no other book like this one.

Evangeline has always struck me as a pretty name, a romantic name, and so I had the feeling this verse-novel would be a lovely, maybe tragic, but well-written and dreamy poem about a beautiful young girl with flowers in her hair.

I was somewhat right and somewhat wrong -- it is a love story, it has tragedy, but it is not dreamy -- instead it uses romantic language to bring to life the culture of a people and a land that has been lost to time -- Acadia -- and the struggles they had during the time of "The Expulsion of the Acadians," which took place in parts of Quebec and Maine, a territory that was colonized by France and known back then to be a very different place than those places are now.

It is actually Longfellow's most famous work, if you haven't heard of it, and once I read it I completely understood why. Having read many of his other works, I approached Evangeline with optimism and I wasn't disappointed. It was/is every bit as beautiful and compelling as I'd hoped, with lines like:

"And, as she looked around, she saw how Death, the consoler,
Laying his hand upon many a heart, had healed it forever."

"Still stands the forest primeval; but far away from its shadow,
Side by side, in their nameless graves, the lovers are sleeping.
Under the humble walls of the little catholic churchyard,
In the heart of the city, they lie, unknown and unnoticed;
Daily the tides of life go ebbing and flowing beside them,
Thousands of throbbing hearts, where theirs are at rest and forever,
Thousands of aching brains, where theirs no longer are busy,
Thousands of toiling hands, where theirs have ceased from their labors,
Thousands of weary feet, where theirs have completed their journey!"

And this, perhaps my favorite: "When she had passed, it seemed like the ceasing of exquisite music."

*Sigh* Don't you feel, too, that you could read his words for a whole afternoon, sitting under the shade of a tree with the sun falling through the leaves onto the pages, lighting up the phrases he uses and the sentences he crafts to tell whatever story he wanted, as long as it was his writing it? The wise things Longfellow says about death, something I myself have a very hard time with, brings almost a beauty to something so terrible, doesn't it? He's just masterful.

The rest of the poem is no less epic, and you should buy it and own it for your own, something to take down when you feel at your worst and want to remind yourself that somehow humans can see things and say things so beautifully, regardless of everything else. That is a power that still boggles my mind, and it is in books like this slim volume of vibrant, meaningful poetry that you can really come to remember the scope of such a power.

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

-Full title: Evangeline: A story of Acadie (Minnehaha Edition)
-Author: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
-Format: Hardcover, slim volume, special Minnehaha Edition, shining silver detail with beige binding on light blue boards, glossed frontispiece and title page, black and white portrait of author on frontispiece
-Condition: Awesome! Wonderful for a vintage book.
-Publisher: Wilmore-Andrews Publishing Company
-Copyright: Van Cleve-Andrews Co. 1895
-Date published: 1895
-Provenance: I got this one from a pretty dirty bookshop after some digging for the good stuff. This one stuck out because of its pastel and silver, unusual for the books it was buried in, and it was so slim I'm lucky to have found it! There are few of this edition left and no two are alike, so this was a special find. This was June 2017 in Connecticut
-Pricing: I priced this book based on the fact there are a few other of this special "Minnehaha Edition" but none are the same as the other, there are many different designs and this one seems to be absent from the internet--until now! :) I took into account its superior condition compared to some of the competing volumes, and not much else. The price was pretty obvious looking at those two details! :)
There is no other book like this one.

Evangeline has always struck me as a pretty name, a romantic name, and so I had the feeling this verse-novel would be a lovely, maybe tragic, but well-written and dreamy poem about a beautiful young girl with flowers in her hair.

I was somewhat right and somewhat wrong -- it is a love story, it has tragedy, but it is not dreamy -- instead it uses romantic language to bring to life the culture of a people and a land that has been lost to time -- Acadia -- and the struggles they had during the time of "The Expulsion of the Acadians," which took place in parts of Quebec and Maine, a territory that was colonized by France and known back then to be a very different place than those places are now.

It is actually Longfellow's most famous work, if you haven't heard of it, and once I read it I completely understood why. Having read many of his other works, I approached Evangeline with optimism and I wasn't disappointed. It was/is every bit as beautiful and compelling as I'd hoped, with lines like:

"And, as she looked around, she saw how Death, the consoler,
Laying his hand upon many a heart, had healed it forever."

"Still stands the forest primeval; but far away from its shadow,
Side by side, in their nameless graves, the lovers are sleeping.
Under the humble walls of the little catholic churchyard,
In the heart of the city, they lie, unknown and unnoticed;
Daily the tides of life go ebbing and flowing beside them,
Thousands of throbbing hearts, where theirs are at rest and forever,
Thousands of aching brains, where theirs no longer are busy,
Thousands of toiling hands, where theirs have ceased from their labors,
Thousands of weary feet, where theirs have completed their journey!"

And this, perhaps my favorite: "When she had passed, it seemed like the ceasing of exquisite music."

*Sigh* Don't you feel, too, that you could read his words for a whole afternoon, sitting under the shade of a tree with the sun falling through the leaves onto the pages, lighting up the phrases he uses and the sentences he crafts to tell whatever story he wanted, as long as it was his writing it? The wise things Longfellow says about death, something I myself have a very hard time with, brings almost a beauty to something so terrible, doesn't it? He's just masterful.

The rest of the poem is no less epic, and you should buy it and own it for your own, something to take down when you feel at your worst and want to remind yourself that somehow humans can see things and say things so beautifully, regardless of everything else. That is a power that still boggles my mind, and it is in books like this slim volume of vibrant, meaningful poetry that you can really come to remember the scope of such a power.

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

-Full title: Evangeline: A story of Acadie (Minnehaha Edition)
-Author: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
-Format: Hardcover, slim volume, special Minnehaha Edition, shining silver detail with beige binding on light blue boards, glossed frontispiece and title page, black and white portrait of author on frontispiece
-Condition: Awesome! Wonderful for a vintage book.
-Publisher: Wilmore-Andrews Publishing Company
-Copyright: Van Cleve-Andrews Co. 1895
-Date published: 1895
-Provenance: I got this one from a pretty dirty bookshop after some digging for the good stuff. This one stuck out because of its pastel and silver, unusual for the books it was buried in, and it was so slim I'm lucky to have found it! There are few of this edition left and no two are alike, so this was a special find. This was June 2017 in Connecticut
-Pricing: I priced this book based on the fact there are a few other of this special "Minnehaha Edition" but none are the same as the other, there are many different designs and this one seems to be absent from the internet--until now! :) I took into account its superior condition compared to some of the competing volumes, and not much else. The price was pretty obvious looking at those two details! :)

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