Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1863.
First American edition, published shortly after the English. First state of pages 125 and 174 with readings "Whistled, saying" and "His only pastime"; 22 pages of publisher's advertisements at the back dated November 1863,page 11 of the publisher's advertisements listing this work as "Nearly ready" and without a price. Pictorial title-page. 1 vols. 12mo. Includes ‘Paul Revere’s Ride’. Original blue-green pebbled cloth, covers blocked in blind, spine lettered in gilt, t.e.g. Spine ends bumped, else fine. Boxed. BAL 12136. Item #316047
Longfellow's “Canterbury Tales,” with a group of travellers staying in an inn near Boston telling their tales. Many of the poems are based on classical sources, and some of the people are identifiable from among Longfellow's friends: the poet is Thomas William Parsons; the student, Henry Ware Wales; the Sicilian is Luigi Monti; the Spanish Jew is Israel Edrehi; the landlord is Lyman Howe, innkeeper at Sudbury; the theologian is Daniel Treadwell and the musician who plays upon a Stradivarius is Ole Bull, the Norwegian violinist. Notable as the first collection to include “The Landlord’s Tale: Paul Revere’s Ride”, Longfellow’s classic American poem, commonly known as “The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere”.
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