First edition, first issue of Tales of a Wayside Inn by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Octavo, v, , 225pp, , 22pp ads. Publishers brown cloth, title in gilt on spine. Frontispiece portrait with tissue cover. Top edge gilt. Previous ownership bookplates affixed to front endpapers. Housed in custom red cloth chemise, title in gilt on spine. Publishers first edition, first state, with “Tales Of A Wayside Inn” appearing unpriced and described as “Nearly Ready” on page 11 of the advertisements. (Bal 12136). An excellent copy, in near fine condition.
Comments: Published in 1863, Tales of a Wayside Inn is a collection of poems by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. It contains one of Longfellow’s best known poems, Paul Revere’s Ride.