Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was the author of Evangeline, The Song of Hiawatha, and many poetry collections, Longfellow (1807-1882) was America’s greatest poet of the nineteenth century. He was also a translator, educator, and novelist.
The collection consists of 52 items dating from 1850 to 1911 specifically, 2 letters, 4 books, 2 Autograph albums, 27 Photo cards (6 CVD’s, 4 Cabinet Cards, 19 Post cards), 5 pieces of sheet music, 4 others (card, first day of issue envelope with 3 Longfellow stamps and reading circle/statue association memberships, 2 calendars, 2 cigar labels and 2 Engraved Prints
• ALS to his publisher, “Cambridge July 2 1850. Please deliver to the bearer a set of my books in linen binding and pass to my account. Henry W. Longfellow. To Messrs. Ticknor & Co Boston.”
• ALS addressed My Dear Sir [Leonard Brown], 18 August 1879, thanking Brown for sending Poems of the Prairies and that Longfellow looks forward to reading it.
• Saggi de’ novellieri Italiani d’ogni secolo: tratta da’ più celebri scrittori, con brevi notizie intorno all vita di ciascheduno. Boston: Presso Gray e Brown, 1832. Brown cloth, paper label on spine, black spots on lower board, minor damage to top of spine, small piece missing from front free endpaper, foxing throughout.
• Hyperion, A Romance. New-York: Published by Samuel Colman, 1839. First edition. BAL 12064; Wright I, 1707. Setting B, no priority assigned. 2 volumes: , 213, [3 (blank)]; , 226 pp. Untrimmed. Original drab boards with printed paper title labels (faded somewhat) to spines. Brown endpapers. General wear and soiling to bindings. Paper chipping at spine ends. Prior owner signature vol I. Foxing. Piece torn and missing on one leaf at the end of vol. II. A very good set.
• Evangeline. Springfield, Mass.: Milton Bradley Company, 1922. Dark blue cloth in pictorial jacket (slightly torn and chipped), otherwise in very good condition. With introduction and prose version by Bailey and illustrated with scenes from the moving picture by William Fox, featuring Miriam Cooper.
• Voices of the Night. Cambridge: John Owen, 1839. Brown paper boards with paper label on the spine. Upper board repaired and reattached. Longfellow's first book of poems. BAL 12065.
Longfellow and Carolyn Sherwin Bailey.
2 Wadsworth brand Autograph Albums
• Companion Autographs (Perry Mason & Co, 1877), album containing facsimile autograph sentiments from celebrities (Longfellow, Lincoln, Alcott), with actual written sentiments from unknown people, upper board detached from the text block.
• The Longfellow Album, illustrated brown paper boards with a Longfellow motif, several pages in color with his poems, autographs and written sentiments in the album addressed to Annis, who lived in Columbus, Ohio, 1885-8.
36 Ephemera: 27 Photo cards (6 CVD’s, 4 Cabinet Cards, 18 Post cards) 2 Calendars, 5 Sheet music and 3 others:
• 2 London Stereoscopic Company, Longfellow’s signature in facsimile; 54 Cheapside.
• Carte-de-visite, Longfellow’s signature in facsimile, middle age, cravat and jacket, London Stereoscope Company, sold by Rodrigees.
• Longfellow, n.d, verso advertising George Keyes’ Son & Co.
• ND, younger Longfellow, his name printed on reverse.
• 2 Older Longfellow cards, one with Sarony / 680 Broadway and name hand printed on verso and the other with his name printed on front bland blank.
4 Cabinet cards:
• Elderly Longfellow, n.d., Friedr. Bruckmann’s Verlag in München & London;
• Elderly Longfellow, n.d., some discoloration at the top right. G.W. Pach, photographer, mo. 841 Broadway, New York.
• Elderly Longfellow, n.d, holding pencil and paper.
• no date, 4-1/4 x 6-1/2 inches card with photo mounted on it. 1-1/4 inch tear to top of card going slightly into the photo background but not the image.
19 photo Post cards:
• Post card, Longfellow house, E.F. Hunt Stationers, post-marked 3 November 1904.
• Photo card, “Our Beloved Poets”, Longfellow with Emerson, Lowell, Homes, Whittier, and Bryant. Verso blank. Copyright 1906 by M.I. Shean, Boston.
• Color photo post card, Detroit Photographic Co., post-marked 6 December 1906.
• Color post card, Longfellow, fence and flowers, poem “In all places then and in all seasons….”, copyright C. Eckston, post-marked 4 April 1908.
• Photo postcard with image of Longfellow and poem, “How Success Is Won”, post-marked 5 January 1909.
• Photo post card of Longfellow and Craigie House, his house in Cambridge, Mass., post-marked 29 April 1909.
• Color photo postcard, birthday greetings with short poem, post-marked 17 May 1911.
• Color post card, Portland, Maine, Longfellow and lighthouse, post-marked 8 July 1911.
• Post card of portraits of a group of six Portland celebrities, Hugh C. Leigton Co., Manufactuers, n.d.
• Color post card in red and brown, oval image of Longfellow outlined in red, “The Psalm of Life”, n.d.
• Post card, Longfellow`s birthplace, Portland, Maine, poem “Often I think of the beautiful town…”, n.d. (11 December).
• Color post card with color image of elderly Longfellow, no. 112982, n.d.
• Color post card of the Wadsworth Longfellow House, Portland, Maine, no. 12528, Photostint, Detroit Publishing Co., n.d.
• Post card of Longfellow from a crayon portrait made in 1846 by Eastman Johnson, H.J. Burrowes Company, Portland, Maine, n.d.
• Color image Tuck’s postcard, design by C.W. Quinell, verso blank, n.d.
• Color image postcard, issued by Geo. E. Keith Company (Campello, Brockton, Mass.), verso blank, n.d. Poem quoted: “Lives of great men remind us….”
• Small photo card of Longfellow, advertising four of his books, marked G, image of Evangeline on verso.
• Post card, Evangeline series, woman pouring water, quotation from Longfellow, W.G. MacFarlane, New York, n.d.
• Color photo postcard with image of Longfellow (numbered 66444), verso blank, n.d.
• ND, unused of Longfellow's home in Cambridge, Mass. Very good condition.
2 Cigar labels color image of Longfellow:
• Inner cigar label (title and design owned by P.R.C. Co.), Hiawatha – Minnehaha, 6" × 9", n.d.; • Outer cigar box label, color portrait.
• 1 First day of issue envelope with 3 Longfellow stamps. Postmarked from Portland, Maine on Feb. 6, 1940 Condition: very good with minimal signs of age or wear.
• The Young People`s Reading Circle of Indiana paper, image of Longfellow,
• Photo card with excerpt of poem issued by the Longfellow Statue Association of Maine, issued to Richard D. Small, a contributor to the fund.
• Small card with Longfellow image and printed, “Tales of a Wayside Inn” and with woman on verso carrying items.
• Longfellow Calendar. Color pictorial cards for each month. London: Ernest Nister; New York: E.P. Dutton, 1898.
• Longfellow Calendar for 1903. 6 color pictorial cards with a pink ribbon featuring an image from a Longfellow story and quotation. New York: E.P. Dutton.
5 Sheet music:
• With words by Longfellow: M.W. Balfe. The Arrow and the Song. London: The Orpheus Music Publishing Co., [18?]. Lady Carew.
• The Bridge. Chicago: The National Music Co., [18?]. The first and last leaves detached. James Ernest Perring.
• Beware! Cavatina [begins: "I know a maiden"]. New York: Wm. A. Pond & Co., . T. Wilkinson Stephenson.
• Ships That Pass in the Night. New York: Boosey & Co., 1914. Joseph McCarthy and Fred Fisher.
• Evangeline. New York: McCarthy & Fisher, 1919. “Inspired by the great screen production of Longfellow’s immortal poem produced by Fox Film Corporation.” Pictorial wrapper.
2 Engraved Prints:
• ND, measuring 6 1/2 x 10 " of Longfellow in his later years - Condition: light soiling, otherwise, overall very good condition.
• ND, 8" x 11" of a YOUNG LONGFELLOW. Engraved at J.M. Butler's Establishment from a painting by Lawrence - Condition: Engraving image itself is in good condition but white paper areas show soiling & torn edges.
Collection on consignment with LDRB.