Item #8417 The Knickerbocker, or New York Monthly Magazine [The Village Blacksmith]. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
The Knickerbocker, or New York Monthly Magazine [The Village Blacksmith]

The Knickerbocker, or New York Monthly Magazine [The Village Blacksmith]

New York: November, 1840. 370-460pp. Octavo [23 cm] Light blue printed wrappers. Better than very good. Item #8417

This issue contains the first printing of the Longfellow poem 'The Village Blacksmith.' The inspiration for this poem is commonly believed to have come from the Cambridge smithy, which the poet passed every day as he walked to his position at Harvard College, but Longfellow told his father he wrote it in memory of their seventeenth-century ancestor, Stephen Longfellow, who was a blacksmith. The tree in question was a horse-chestnut tree that was not far away from Longfellow’s home in Cambridge. The poem was immensely popular and was routinely memorized by American school children through the 1950s. Rare.

Price: $400.00

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