N.p: March 10, 1864.
4 pp. manuscript inlaid to size, extra-illustrated with 2 engraved portraits, an engraved view of Longfellow's Cambridge home, and a letterpress printed edition of the poem. 4to. 'Grave Alice, and laughing Allegra, / And Edith with golden hair': The Children's Hour. Full red morocco gilt, front cover with triple gilt rule border with decorative floral cornerpieces around central gilt title, spine titled in gilt, silk moiré endpapers, a.e.g. by C. Walters. Joints lightly rubbed, faint traces of dampstain to inner hinges (bottom two inches only, not affecting contents), small repaired tear on one mount. Fine. Provenance: Estate of Katherine Graham. Item #239709
Beautiful presentation of this fair copy by Longfellow of one of his most delightful poems, "The Children's Hour"
[ ... ]
Descending the broad hall stair,
Grave Alice, and laughing Allegra,
And Edith with golden hair.
A whisper, and then a silence:
Yet I know by their merry eyes
They are plotting and planning together
To take me by surprise.
[ ... ]
I have you fast in my fortress,
And will not let you depart,
But put you down into the dungeon
In the round-tower of my heart.
[ ... ].
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