Sangen om Hiawatha [The Song About Hiawatha]; [The Song of Hiawatha]. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
Sangen om Hiawatha [The Song About Hiawatha]; [The Song of Hiawatha]
Sangen om Hiawatha [The Song About Hiawatha]; [The Song of Hiawatha]
Sangen om Hiawatha [The Song About Hiawatha]; [The Song of Hiawatha]
Sangen om Hiawatha [The Song About Hiawatha]; [The Song of Hiawatha]
Sangen om Hiawatha [The Song About Hiawatha]; [The Song of Hiawatha]
Sangen om Hiawatha [The Song About Hiawatha]; [The Song of Hiawatha]
Sangen om Hiawatha [The Song About Hiawatha]; [The Song of Hiawatha]
Sangen om Hiawatha [The Song About Hiawatha]; [The Song of Hiawatha]
Sangen om Hiawatha [The Song About Hiawatha]; [The Song of Hiawatha]
Sangen om Hiawatha [The Song About Hiawatha]; [The Song of Hiawatha]
Sangen om Hiawatha [The Song About Hiawatha]; [The Song of Hiawatha]

Sangen om Hiawatha [The Song About Hiawatha]; [The Song of Hiawatha]

Copenhagen: Otto B. Wroblemskys, 1860. Wrappers. A Near Very Good copy of the first Danish edition, first printing, of Longfellow's great work, a long Poem in the form of an Epic which tells the story of the life of the Indian Hiawatha, in a Good example of the RARE DUST JACKET. [Many of the leaves/pages are unopened at their top and or leading edge, so the book likely remains unread.) A copy distinct from all other copies known to us in that it wears the original dust jacket which, while showing significant wear -- including the loss of the spine panel, is not only quite NOTABLE COPY WEARING AN IMPORTANT DUST JACKET for this work but also is an IMPORTANT LONGFELLOW DUST JACKET. This copy is discussed ON PAGES 89 AND 90, AND IS SHOWN ON PAGE 90, of Mark Godburn's excellent work titled "Nineteenth-Century Dust-Jackets" published by Oak Knoll Press in the US and by Private Libraries Association in the UK. In his excellent book, Godburn states: "Jackets issued in northern Europe in the 1860s and 1870s show similar patterns of use and development as those issued elsewhere. Swiss, Danish, Dutch and Swedish jackets were issued over bindings of cloth, boards and wrappers, and had printing that ranged from minimal to the widely popular title-page format. Even the practice of discarding jackets before or just after purchase seems to have been as common in northern Europe as it was in other places. Documentary evidence for this has been found on two Scandinavian jackets, one issued in Denmark, the other in Sweden. // The Danish jacket was issued on Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's Sagen om Hiawatha (1860). This book was bound in printed wrappers and had a separate coarse brown jacket with the author and title on the front together with the line: "Expl. tages ikke tilbage uden dette omslag" ('Copy not taken back without this wrapping.'). The Swedish jacket carried a similar statement.... // That at least two publishers found it necessary to print such statements directly on their jackets suggest several things besides the proclivity of booksellers and customers to discard them. It suggests that for some publishers dust-jackets were not a novelty or an option by this time but a necessity, even for books in wrappers that were likely to be rebound after purchase." Thus, at the time this book was published, dust jackets were considered (or beginning to be considered) to be more important than they had been considered to be earlier in the Century, when either the sellers and their customers likely would have previously simply have discarded them, the seller before putting them out for sale and in other cases the customer discarding them after purchase of the desired book. In short, the dust jacket was finally being seen to be an important component of the book. While this copy shows foxing/toning to the wrappers and to the early pages, as well as a crack near the spine center, and the dust jacket is, as mentioned above, worn, this is an IMPORTANT COPY and, as Mark Godburn has stated to this seller, is "No doubt the earliest surviving Longfellow jacket." A Good + or perhaps a bit better RARE HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW ITEM, being a Danish publication of Longfellow's work "The Song of Hiawatha" wearing THE EARLIEST SURVIVING LONGFELLOW DUST JACKET presently known to exist. RARE INDEED. Very Good / good. Item #2724

Price: $450.00

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