James Russell Lowell
Title MELIOEUS-HIPPONAX. The Biglow Papers, Edited, with an Introduction, Notes, Glossary, and Copious Index, by Homer Wilbur
Book Condition Collectible: Very Good
Edition First Edition
Publisher Cambridge, MA George Nichols 1848
Seller ID LGES5299-82
FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 190 x 125 mm. 12, xxxii, 163, [1 blank] pp. Notices of Independent Press, Proemium, "Note to Title-Page," Introduction, glossary, index; text un-marked, occasional light foxing. Original blind-stamped green cloth, gilt spine; binding square and tight, corners bumped, cloth on fore-edge of the covers showing through at the top, spine faded, small hole in the cloth on the front hinge. Pencil gift inscription in preliminaries. Very Good. Lowell's satiric poem, written in a rustic New England dialect was inspired by Lowell's opposition to the recruiting drive for the Mexican-American War. It established Lowell as a leader of the anti-slavery movement. In 1848, Lowell published The Biglow Papers, later named by the Grolier Club as the most influential book of 1848. The first 1,500 copies sold out within a week and a second edition was soon issued, though Lowell made no profit having had to absorb the cost of stereotyping the book himself. The book presented three main characters, each representing different aspects of American life and using authentic American dialects in their dialogue. Under the surface, The Biglow Papers was also a denunciation of the Mexican-American War and war in general. BAL 13068; Grolier Club, One Hundred Influential American Books Printed Before 1900, No. 57.
James Russell Lowell, The Biglow Papers, MELIBŒUS-HIPPONAX. The Biglow Papers, Edited, with an Introduction, Notes, Glossary, and Copious Index, by Homer Wilbur