Cambridge, Mass. John Owen, 1844. First Edition. Inscribed "From/J.R. Lowell - Elmwood/ 1844" on the half-title page. True first edition of this 1844 book, basically his first general collection (preceded by some shorter or occasional publications). This is evidently the "small paper" issue noted in BAL 13045 (7 1/16"x4 3/4") but this copy has been trimmed just a bit smaller (to 6 1/2"x 4 3/8") to accomodate a lovely full-leather binding featuring raised bands, gilt spine lettering and decorative devices, gilt rules to front and back covers, plus ruled gilt leather overlap inside front and rear covers (on all three sides, 7/8" in all around). There are a few pages with minor vertical creasing, and some minor foxing here and there, but overall this is a beautiful little copy of what is arguably his earliest comprehensive collection over a long career, with a contemporary dated (generic) presentation. (The binding duly notes "Presentation copy"). A couple minor rubs, one to a tip, and the other to top of spine, otherwise a very nice, display-worthy copy.
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