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Boston: James R. Osgood, . First Edition Small quarto (6-1/2" x 8-3/4") bound in full red crushed levant leather with gilt fillet borders and decorative spine and turn-ins with watered silk endpapers, all edges gilt. BAL 12166: First Issue of page 37. SIGNED "Henry W. Longfellow" and dated 1875 on a front blank and with a contemporary carte-de-visite portrait of him mounted to the following front blank. Very minor wear. About Fine (Item ID: 017698)

In 1874, Longfellow sold "The Hanging of the Crane" to the New York Ledger for $3,000, the highest price ever paid for a poem to that date.


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