Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1855. First edition. Original publisher's cloth embossed in blind with gilt to spine. Yellow endpapers. Cloth frayed at head and foot of spine; shelfwear to corners. Small tear to foot of spine near rear joint. Light scattered foxing and some general toning throughout. Pencil annotations to pages 268-271. Two small ferns pressed between pages 286-287 and 294-295. Collates iv, 316: complete, with 12 page publisher's catalogue bound in after the endpaper. Housed in a full red crushed morocco slipcase embossed with the initials of Ohio collector B. C. Hoffman.
Longfellow’s well-known epic poem tells the story of Ojibwe warrior Hiawatha and his love for Minnehaha, a Dakota woman. Longfellow based his fictional poem partly on Ojibwe oral tradition but also contains many of Longfellow’s own inventions. (Item #3123)