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First edition but includes previously published material; small octavo, [i] (half title)-[xiv], -216 pp.; later half leather has top of spine covering broken off and lacks the front cover, general age toning to interior but paper not fragile, on an added leaf there are six lines of music in an unknown hand with the note "The above is the Melody with the harmony referred to on pages 49 & 50", the end of the poem A Trip to Saratoga; includes A Visit from Saint Nicholas on pages -127 in its first appearance as a work formally recognized by the author as his own, it had previously appeared under his name in The New York Book of Poetry...in 1837 but this was more of an attribution and there is a minority view that Henry Livingston was the real author; BAL 14348. Photos available upon request.
First Appearance of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” MOORE, Clement C. Poems. New York: Bartlett & Welford, 1844. First edition, collected and published at the request of Moore's children. Contains the first appearance of his famous poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas” (“Twas the Night Before Christmas”) in a collection of his own verse. Twelvemo (7 1/4 x 4 3/4 inches; 184 x 121 mm). xi, [1, blank], -216 pp. Uncut in publisher's original brown paper boards. Printed paper spine label. Top edge brown, fore-edge uncut. Some of the letters on the spine label have been darkened with ink as the label is a bit rubbed. Some professional restoration to spine extremities and hinges. A chip to bottom of the spine. A bit of rubbing to boards and edges. Previous owner's bookplate on front pastedown. Previous owner's extensive old ink notes about this edition on front free endpaper. Chemised and housed in a quarter calf slipcase. Overall a very nice copy. “A Visit from St. Nicholas” appears on pp. 124-127. The poem was first published in The Troy Sentinel (N.Y. ), circa 1830 and not seen by BAL. There has been only one copy of The Troy Sentinel in the last 35 years. It sold in New York in 2006 in poor condition for about $65, 000. The first appearance of the poem in book form was in an anthology, The New-York Book of Poetry (New-York: 1837). Moore's Poems is much rarer than The New-York Book of Poetry and is the desired first edition since it contains only Moore's poems. “Moore, a professor of Hebrew, wrote this poem in 1822 as a Christmas gift for his children. A houseguest copied it in the fall of 1823, and later sent her copy to the editor of the Troy Sentinel, where it was first published, anonymously, December 23, 1823. It first appeared between covers in the New Brunswick, (N.J. ), Almanack, for...1825...Calculated by Joshua Sharp, Philadelphia and New Brunswick, . It was quickly picked up by Readers and Anthologies, some of the more notable appearances being in The New York Book of Poetry, 1837, and in Bryant's Selections from the American Poets, New York, 1840. The authorship was first disclosed in the Troy Budget, December 25, 1838” (Grolier, 100 American). BAL 14348. Grolier, 100 American, 52. HBS 65100. $7, 500. Poems
Very good(+) Contains the first book appearance of "A Visit from St. Nicholas, " otherwise known as "The Night Before Christmas." 216pp. 8vo, handsomely bound in contemporary full dark blue crushed morocco, elaborately gilt, with 6 spine panels & dentelles (front hinge weak). New York: Bartlett & Welford, 1844. First edition. Also contains a 7-line autograph note of presentation, dated 1850, laid in. "I wish I had something to send you, better than this little book..." The front hinge is cracked and repaired, otherwise a nice copy of a classic, and very scarce book.
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