Cambridge, 1821 One of 750 copies. Original drab printed boards. Spot on front board and small area of creasing. Chipped spine neatly repaired. Heavy foxing to endpapers but the rest of the leaves are quite clean. The half title of Thanatopsis has an old ~1 inch tear repair. A rare survival in original boards. As icing, a signed and dated engraved photo of Bryant is affixed to front endpaper. Chemised in custom quarter-leather slipcase. Contains the first complete edition of Bryant's moving rhapsody on death, Thanatopsis, which is generally considered to be the first great poem written by an American.
Meditation on death...Poems - William Cullen Bryant, w/ signed & dated photo