Saxe | John Godfrey

The Poetical Works of John Godfrey Saxe

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The Poetical Works of John Godfrey Saxe, as published in 1882.

Octavo, vi, 259pp. Full brown morocco, patterned trim stamped in blind to covers. Five raise bands, title in gilt on spine. All edges gilt, gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers. Stated “Household Edition” on copyright page, no additional printings listed. Solid text block, light rubbing to hinges of leather. A near fine example.

John Godfrey Saxe was an American poet born on June 2, 1816. He is best known for bringing the Indian parable “The Blind Men and the Elephant” to a Western audience. Saxe graduated from Middlebury College in 1839, and after a stint in law and various business ventures, he began publishing poetry that garnered significant attention. His works include “The Rhyme of the Rail” and “The Puzzled Census-Taker.” Despite running for governor of Vermont and his involvement in politics, he remained more prominent in literary circles, contributing to publications like Harper’s Magazine and The Atlantic.

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Houghton Mifflin and Company


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