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Group Title: Parker Dexter Howe Library
Title: The Parkman Dexter Howe Library
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Title: The Parkman Dexter Howe Library
Physical Description: 10 v. : ill., facsims., port. ; 28 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Howe, Parkman Dexter, d. 1980
Ives, Sidney
Rheault, Charles A
Goodspeed, George T
Stoddard, Roger E
Borst, Raymond R
Myerson, Joel
O'Neal, David L
O'Neal, Mary T
MacDonnell, Kevin B
Baum, Rosalie Murphy
Pickard, John B
Tanselle, G. Thomas ( George Thomas ), 1934-
Crane, Joan St. C
Lancaster, John, 1943-
Hurff, Carmen Russell
Tilton, Eleanor Marguerite, 1913-
Winship, Michael
University of Florida
Publisher: University of Florida
Place of Publication: Gainesville
Publication Date: 1983-
Subject: American literature -- Bibliography -- Catalogs -- New England   ( lcsh )
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bibliography   ( marcgt )
catalog   ( marcgt )
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Statement of Responsibility: Sidney Ives, general editor.
General Note: Limited edition of 500 copies.
General Note: Includes index.
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Volume ID: VID00004
Source Institution: University of Florida
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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
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    Half Title
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    Title Page
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    Editorial board
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    A descriptive catalogue of the William Cullen Bryant collection
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        Table of Contents
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        Works cited
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        The William Cullen Bryant collection
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    A descriptive catalogue of the Emily Dickinson collection
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        The Emily Dickinson collection
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    A descriptive catalogue of the Edwin Arlington Robinson collection
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        The Edwin Arlington Robinson collection
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Parkman Dexter Howe


3k PART IV t

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Henry Adams, Amos Bronson Alcott, and Louisa May Alcott
by John Alden
Robert Frost
by John Lancaster
Nathaniel Hawthorne
by C. E. Frazer Clark
Oliver Wendell Holmes
by Eleanor M. Tilton
James Russell Lowell
by Kevin MacDonnell
Herman Melville
by G. Thomas Tanselle
Edna St. Vincent Millay
by Ruth Mortimer
John Greenleaf Whittier
by J. Benedict Pickard


PART I: Early New England
by Roger E. Stoddard
PART II: Henry David Thoreau
by Raymond R. Borst
Ralph Waldo Emerson
by Joel Myerson

PART III: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
by David and Mary O'Jeal
Richard Henry Dana, Jr.
by Kevin MacDonnell
Sarah Orne Jewett
by Rosalie Murphy Baum

Catalogues may be ordered by subscription or individually from
Howe Library, 551 Library West, UF, Gainesville, Florida 32611


Parkman Dexter Howe




The William Cullen Bryant Collection
Motley F. Deakin

The Emily Dickinson Collection
Joel Myerson

The Edwin Arlington Robinson Collection
A. Carl Bredahl





Raymond Gay-Crosier, Chairman; Professor of French
Alistair M. Duckworth, Professor of English
Sidney Ives, University Librarian for Rare Books & Manuscripts
John D. Seelye, Graduate Research Professor of English


John Alden, Emeritus Keeper of Rare Books
Boston Public Library


John Lancaster, Special Collections, Archives, Amherst College
Ruth Mortimer, Rare Books, Smith College
Roger E. Stoddard, The Houghton Library, Harvard University
Michael Winship, Editor, Bibliography of American Literature

(Revised for vol. 4)
The Parkman Dexter Howe Library.
Maps on lining paper.
Includes indexes.
Contents: pt. 1. the collector and the collections / Charles A. Rheault, George T.
Goodspeed, Parkman Dexter Howe. A descriptive catalogue of the early New England
books / Roger E. Stoddard pt. 2. The Henry David Thoreau collection / Raymond R.
Borst. The Ralph Waldo Emerson collection / Joel Myerson pt. 4. The William
Cullen Bryant collection I Motley F. Deakin. The Emily Dickinson collection / Joel Myer-
son. The Edwin Arlington Robinson collection / A. Carl Bredahl.
1. American literature New England Bibliography Catalogs. 2. University of
Florida. Dept. of Rare Books and Manuscripts Catalogs. 3. Howe, Parkman Dexter,
d. 1980 Library Catalogs. I. Howe, Parkman Dexter, d. 1980. II. Ives, Sidney.
III. University of Florida.
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1986 The University of Florida

All rights reserved


AS we go to press, contemporary poets seem to be finding a new
interest in William Cullen Bryant: Robert Bly writes to the
present editor, "I have the feeling that 'To a Waterfowl' will still be
very visible in the language two or three hundred years hence. It con-
tains some alchemical mingling of despair, late evening and hope which
makes it highly original. As for 'Thanatopsis,' I find myself reciting it,
often, when I walk in the woods and so I believe it is very much alive."
Bryant himself walked in the woods,
S. when the ills of life
Had chafed my spirits-when the unsteady pulse
Beat with strange flutterings-I would wander forth
And seek the woods. The sunshine on my path
Was to me a friend ...
S. Then the chant
Of birds, and chime of brooks, and soft caress
Of the fresh sylvan air, made me forget
The thoughts that broke my peace, and I began
To gather simples by the fountain's brink,
And lose myself in day-dreams .
A Winter Piece,
and Norbert Krapf's collection of verse and prose, Under Open Sky:
Poets on William Cullen Bryant, by Richard Wilbur, John Hollander,
Richard Elman, Richard Eberhart, Paul Engle, and William Stafford,
among others, has just been published by the Stone House Press in
Bryant's town of Roslyn, New York.
We hope these descriptions of printings collected by Mr. Howe will
stimulate interest in Bryant's publications; they range from his famously
rare first book to the feuilletons scattered in the Evening Post and yet
uncounted, as Motley Deakin points out. Aside from the newspapers,


scholars will find a substantially complete corpus of Bryant's writings
and rewritings at the University of Florida.
Emily Dickinson had the great advantage of almost totally posthu-
mous publication, so her reputation never underwent the swings of
Bryant's. Editors continue to refine the transcription of texts from the
supple confusions of her script, as has most recently Ralph Franklin, in
an elegant edition of "The Master Letters," Amherst College Press,
1986, a gift from John Lancaster that arrived too late for inclusion in
this catalogue. We have two short notes in her hand, both published,
and a solid if unremarkable shelf of first printings. Joel Myerson
described these on an earlier visit to Gainesville, and we have waited
until this centenary year of Miss Dickinson's death to publish our
The centenary of Edwin Arlington Robinson's first publication is ten
years hence, and for the first time we catalogue poetry written mostly
in the twentieth century. A lucky trip by the editor to Cambridge,
Massachusetts, coincided with the dispersal of an important collection
of Robinson, enabling our friends in the Howe Society to buy for the
Library a number of supplementary texts; Carl Bredahl has added them
to his careful descriptions.
The next catalogue in this series will be of the most voluminous
aggregation in the Howe Library: letters, manuscripts, legal papers,
memorabilia, and printings of John Greenleaf Whittier, a friend and
neighbor of Mr. Howe's grandfather and a favored target of Mr. Howe's
collecting. The descriptions are by Ben Pickard of the Florida faculty,
who added materials assembled by his grandfather, Samuel T. Pickard,
Whittier's biographer and nephew by marriage. This appears to be
the largest trove of undescribed Whittier documentation in existence,
and Part V will bulk accordingly.
It goes without saying (but one does say it) that the regular appear-
ance of these catalogues would not be possible without the industry
and skills of my assistant, Carmen Russell Hurff, and the hard work
of our faculty and friends.
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A Descriptive Catalogue of
the William Cullen Bryant Collection

Motley F. Deakin



The William Cullen Bryant portion
of the Howe Library
was purchased with funds
given by the estate of Ralph R. Bailey,
courtesy of Yames D. Camp, Jr.


Foreword 7

The William Cullen Bryant Collection 11
Manuscripts 71
Ana 75

Provenances 81
Authors and Titles 84


FRONTISPIECE: William Cullen Bryant, 1794-1878 facingpage 3
(wcB 168)

PLATE I: First Edition of Bryant's First Book (wcB 1) 10

PLATE II: Second Edition of Bryant's First Book 11
(WCB 2, WCB MS 2)

PLATE III: "Ancient of Days!" (WCB 96) 34

PLATE IV: "Two Hundred Times Has June Renewed" 35
(wcB 114)

PLATE v: "The Tides," Corrected Proof (WCB MS 6) 50

PLATE VI: The Goethe Address (WCB MS 9) 51

To Lydia

"Du bist die Ruh, du bist der Frieden"


M ANY of the printed works of William Cullen Bryant collected
by Parkman Howe are scarce, and some are so rare that the
Bibliography of American Literature locates only the Howe copy. They
include printings from the whole range of Bryant's career, but Mr.
Howe's greatest success was in finding publications by Bryant as a boy
and young man living in Massachusetts. The collection thus compares
favorably with the holdings at Yale and Harvard, those most frequently
cited by BAL.
Among the rarities are Bryant's first published poem, The Embargo
(1808), which appeared when he was thirteen years old, and a copy
of the second edition (1809), containing three additional short verses
in his autograph. In the collection are two copies of his Poems (1821)
in variant bindings and the first printing (1820) of five hymns he wrote
at the request of Catherine Sedgwick. Writing hymns was for Bryant
a lifelong interest, and they became in his mind a form comprehensive
enough to include meditations on nature, as in "A Forest Hymn." His
translations are evidence of an impressive command of languages,
mostly self-taught. Translations from modern and ancient languages
appeared early and late in his career, culminating late in life with his
Iliad and Odyssey.
The Howe Collection demonstrates Bryant's varied literary produc-
tion in poetry and prose. A description of it shows just how diverse his
career was, and how intense his commitment to letters. It soon becomes
apparent, also, that for whatever reason, he has not had the biblio-
graphical attention given to many of his contemporaries.
Bryant said that he did not like illustrations added to his poetry, but
his books contain fine examples of contemporary illustration, and some


single-poem, deluxe, editions appear to have been sold largely on the
strength of the art work. But his relations with artists was more posi-
tive than this suggests: he edited one of the most popular collections
of views and scenes of America, and he was an important force in the
establishment of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
I have cited mainly the Bibliography of American Literature and Henry
C. Sturges's Roslyn edition of the poetry-a useful work, but one with
many errors. Perhaps a future scholar will prepare an authoritative
bibliography. It will be more of a task than might at first appear,
because of the mass of journalism buried in Bryant's newspaper, the
NJ\ew York Evening Post.
I want to thank Sidney Ives and Carmen Russell Hurff for their
encouragement and patience.


Jacob Blanck. Bibliography of American Literature. New Haven: Yale
University Press, 1955- Vols. 1-7.

Charles H. Brown. William Cullen Bryant. New York: Charles
Scribner's Sons, 1971.

Parke Godwin. A Biography of William Cullen Bryant, with Extracts
from His Private Correspondence, and Prose Writings of William Cullen
Bryant. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1883-1884. 4 vols.

William Cullen Bryant. The Letters of William Cullen Bryant. Edited by
William Cullen Bryant II and Thomas G. Voss. New York: Fordham
University Press, 1975-1984. 4 vols.

William Cullen Bryant. Representative Selections. Edited by Tremaine
McDowell. New York: American Book Company, 1935.

Parkman Dexter Howe. "William Cullen Bryant," unpublished typescript.

Judith Turner Phair. A Bibliography of William Cullen Bryant and His
Critics, 1808-1972. Troy, N.Y.: Whitson, 1975.

William Cullen Bryant. The Poetical Works of William Cullen Bryant.
With chronologies of Bryant's life and poems and a bibliography of his
writings by Henry C. Sturges and a memoir of his life by Richard Henry
Stoddard. New York and London: D. Appleton and Company, 1919.

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WCB 1 The Embargo, or Sketches of the Times; a Satire. By a Youth
of Thirteen. Boston, 1808.
BAL 1582; Sturges p. lxxvii. Original self-wrappers, cover title. One of the
great rarities of American literature. "Copies at Harvard, Massachusetts His-
torical Society, Williams (Hoe-Wallace), Boston Athenaeum, New York
Public (W.T.C. Howe)"-PDH. 1I In his "autobiography" (Godwin, I,
27-28), Bryant described the origin of this poem: "Under Mr. Jefferson's
administration, in consequence of our disputes with Great Britain, an embargo
was laid in 1807 upon all the parts of our republic, which, by putting a stop to
all foreign commerce, had a disastrous effect upon many private interests, and
embittered the hatred with which the Federalists regarded their political ad-
versaries, and particularly Mr. Jefferson. I had written some satirical lines
apostrophizing the President, which my father saw, and thinking well of them,
encouraged me to write others in the same vein. This I did willingly, until the
addition grew into a poem of several pages, in the midst of which the lines of
which I have spoken took their place." Bryant's father had the poem printed
at his own expense, and it soon sold out. In later years Bryant remembered
this poem with chagrin. f Ink signature on title page, "Jno Pickeringjr's-."
In what appears to be the same ink, a "c" in the upper right hand corer.
See Plate I.

W CB 2 The Embargo; or, Sketches of the Times. A Satire. The Second
Edition, Corrected and Enlarged. Together with the Spanish
Revolution, and Other Poems. Boston, 1809.
BAL 1583; Sturges pp. lxxvii-lxxviii. Slate-blue unprinted paper wrappers.
First appearance of Bryant's name on a title-page. Except for "The Em-
bargo," all poems appear for the first time. On p. [3] is an "Advertisement"
by "friends of the writer" certifying Bryant's age. Sf On the verso of the
"Advertisement" leaf are three short verses in ink. See WCB MS 2, Plate 2.


WCB 3 Salem Gazette, Tuesday, July 28, 1812.
Salem [Massachusetts] 1812.
Sturges p. xl. Folio newspaper format, unpaged. Column 1 [p. 4]. Early
printing of "Ode, By Mr. W. C. Bryant, Sung at the Late Celebration [July
4] in Northampton." The ode, sung to the tune of "Ye Gentlemen of Eng-
land," is filled with patriotic defiance generated by the War of 1812; Godwin
described it as "a sort of Tyrtaean blast" (Godwin, I, p. 106). It was written
at the request of the Washington Benevolent Society of Boston and was also
printed in the Hampshire Gazette on July 15, 1812 (Brown, p. 57, footnote);
neither Godwin nor Brown mentions the Salem Gazette printing.

WCB 4 The North American Review and Miscellaneous Journal.
Boston, September, 1817.
Sturges p. cix. Half-morocco. First printings, pp. 334-36, 338-41, a transla-
tion from Horace (Ode II, Book I), an imitation of Horace (Ode IX, Book I),
"Thanatopsis," and "A Fragment," the title of which was changed later to
"Inscription for the Entrance to a Wood." Sturges lists only "Thanatopsis"
and "A Fragment." 5 The author of none of these poems is identified,
though the translation of the ode is preceded by a note signed "B-." This
form of "Thanatopsis" consists of two poems, the first being four quatrains of
iambic tetrameter, the second, a section (lines 17-66), with some emenda-
tions, of what would be the final version of "Thanatopsis." According to the
editors of Bryant's letters, the imitation of Horace's Ode IX, Book I, was
written first as a letter to Elisha Hubbard, December 1, 1814 (Letters, I,
46-47). f Bryant's father, a state legislator at the time, was responsible for
the printing of these poems. For some time there was confusion as to whether
the father or the son was the author. As Bryant recalled, the title "Thana-
topsis" was created by one of the editors of the AVorth American Review
(Brown, p. 80).

WCB 5 An Oration, Delivered at Stockbridge. July 4th, 1820.
Stockbridge [Massachusetts] 1820.
BAL 1585; Sturges p. xciii. 12-page pamphlet, full crushed levant. At this
time Bryant was a practicing lawyer in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, and
served as town clerk, 1815-1825. He prepared this oration at the request of
the Theodore Sedgwicks for delivery at Old Church. According to William


Pitt Palmer, "Mr. Bryant's delivery was modest and graceful. I got a position
in the gallery quite near the speaker, and have not yet forgotten how fair and
large and prominent his forehead appeared to me, under the brown locks that
curled, if I mistake not, around it" (Brown, p. 93). In his oration Bryant
attacked the Missouri Compromise. f Bookplates of Jacob Chester Cham-
berlain and Walter Thomas Wallace. Ink signature on title, "D. Noble. Aug.
16, 1820."

WCB 6 [Henry Devereux Sewall, ed.] A Collection of Psalms and
Hymns,for Social and Private Worship. New York, 1820.
B AL 1586; Sturges p. xliv. Red morocco, gilt. First printing of five hymns by
Bryant. This collection was compiled by Henry D. Sewall for the Unitarian
Society of Massachusetts as a recognition to Henry Ware on his installation
as pastor of a new Unitarian church in New York City. One of Sewall's goals
was to make the collection nonsectarian. Persuaded by Catherine Sedgwick,
Bryant contributed five hymns; he was then a member of the Congregational-
ist Church in Great Barrington. Most of the psalms and hymns are identified
by author or source, but Bryant's and seven other pieces are marked by an
asterisk: Sewall stated that "Those with an asterisk [*] affixed to them, are
originals, for which the Compiler is principally indebted to his friends."
Sewall altered Bryant's hymns, advised him in a letter of the changes, and
commented, "I have no room to enter into a critical defense of these alter-
ations-nor am I disposed." When Bryant reprinted his hymns in 1864, he
changed them back to what he wanted (Letters, I, 96, ft. 2). f The front
cover is stamped "Julia Ann Tuthill." On free front endpaper in ink, Spence-
rian style, is "Daniel Tuthill."

WCB 7 Poems. Cambridge, 1821.
BAL 1587; Sturges pp. lxxviii-lxxxi. Two copies, printed boards, wrappers.
Contains "The Ages," "To a Waterfowl," "Translation of a Fragment of
Symonides," "Inscription for the Entrance into a Wood," "The Yellow Vio-
let," "Song" ["Soon as the glaz'd and gleaming snow"], "Green River,"
"Thanatopsis." The impetus for this first published collection of Bryant's
poems was "The Ages," which he wrote for the Phi Beta Kappa Society. He
read the poem at Harvard commencement on August 30, 1821, in the Old
Congregational Church. It was received so well Bryant was encouraged by
Dana and others to print his poems. "Thanatopsis" appears substantially in


its final form. Bryant hurriedly revised his poems while in Boston, but many
of his revisions were restored to earlier readings by the editors, E. T. Chan-
ning and Richard Henry Dana, Sr. Commenting on these editorial changes,
Bryant wrote to Dana, "I am definitely obliged to you for the trouble you
have taken with them-and submit as you could wish to your restoration of
the altered passages" (Letters, I, 110-11). I PDH: "In the Wakeman cata-
logue P. K. Foley is quoted as saying that he had never seen another copy in
wrappers, besides the Chamberlain-Wakeman copy. This is another copy and
the only one I have ever seen." BAL locates only the Harvard copy in wrap-
pers. f On front paste-down of the copy in boards is a book label with ink
signature, "Chas. Fisher. 1846." In another hand, "Joseph W. Homer from
Mother." f In wrappered copy, on free front endpaper, signature of"E. Tor-
rey"; on free back endpaper, a list of novels by Sir Walter Scott.

WCB 8 [Richard Henry Dana, Sr., ed.] The Idle Man.
New York, 1821-1822.

BAL 1588; Sturges pp. cix, cx. Vol. I, Parts 1-5 [wanting Part 6]. Original
wrappers. First printings of "Green River" in Part 2, pp. [61]-63; untitled
poem ("When insect wings are glistening in the beam") in Part 3, pp. [74]-
76; "Winter Scenes" in Part 4, pp. [61]-64. The untitled poem was later
"A Walk at Sunset"; "Winter Scenes" was changed to "A Winter Piece."
Part 1 contains two poems,"Written in Spring," pp. [54]-56, and "To E****,"
pp. 56-57, which PDH states are by Bryant but were never collected. The
missing Part 6 prints "The West Wind." if Both Godwin and Sturges erro-
neously state that "The Burial Place" was printed in The Idle Man, and the
editors of Bryant's Letters perpetuate the error (I, 106, fn. 2). B AL and Brown
correct this. Richard H. Dana, Sr., in his collected Poems and Prose Writings,
Boston, 1833, commenting on other compositions in The Idle Man, stated
that "the poetry from Mr. Bryant .. [is] lying amongst his other beautiful
and precious things in the work [WCB 44] which he not long ago gave to
the world." [ In Part 1, on free front endpaper, initials, "WPM"; on front
wrapper of Part 2, signature, "W. P. Mark."

WCB 9 [Henry Devereux Sewall, ed.] A. Collection of Psalms and
Hymns, for Social and Private Worship ... Second Edition.
New York, 1823.

See BAL 1586. Calf. Bryant made some changes in his hymns. PDH notes


some of these, such as, "The last two lines of the fifth stanza [in Hymn 157]
are changed from
Though with a pierced and broken heart,
And spumed of men, he goes to die.
Nor hopeless sorrow break the heart,
That spurned of men, fears not to die."
He comments: "There are no copies of this [edition] in the Chamberlain,
Wakeman or Wilson collections, but the Wakeman Catalogue makes mention
of the book, saying that the 1827 'second' edition is 'really a reprint of the
privately printed edition of 1823' [i.e., this]." f "Thomas Davis" stamped
on black roan label on front cover. On free front endpaper, pencil signature,
"Laura D. Russell"; on page 420, pencil signature, "Thomas Davis, pew 40."

WCB 10 "Rizpah," in The United States Literary Gazette.
Boston, April 1, 1824.
Sturges p. lxviii. Original wrappers. First printing, p. 12, cols. 1-2, prefaced
by a passage from 2 Samuel, xxi, 9, 10. Sturges incorrectly gives the publi-
cation date as April 12. JS This poem is a marked example of Bryant's efforts
to avoid strict rhythm in his poetry. Poe disliked the poem, describing it as
"having a frisky or fidgetty rhythm singularly ill-adapted to the lamenta-
tions of the bereaved mother" (Brown, 111).

WCB 11 "The Old Man's Funeral," in The United States Literary
Gazette. Boston, April 15, 1824.
Sturges p. lxviii. Original wrappers, First printing, p. 31, col. 1. Sturges
incorrectly gives the date as May 1, 1824. This printing contains an error
noted in a letter from Bryant to Theophilus Parsons, the editor: "At the end
of the first line of the third Stanza run is printed for won" (Letters, I, 155).
The error, however, is in the first line of the fourth stanza, not the third

WCB 12 "The Rivulet," in The United States Literary Gazette.
Boston, May 15, 1824.
Sturges p. lxviii. Original wrappers. First printing, p. 44, col. 3, and p. 45,
col. 1. In the poem Bryant remembers a stream near his childhood home.


WCB 13 "March," in The United States Literary Gazette.
Boston, June 1, 1824.
Sturges p. lxviii. Original wrappers. First printing, p. 64, col. 1, prefaced by
the editor's note: "The following should have been printed some months
since; but poetry like this, can never be unseasonable."

WCB 14 "To ," in The United States Literary Gazette.
Boston, June 15, 1824.
Sturges p. lxviii. Original wrappers. First printing of this sonnet, p. 75, col.
3, in memory of his favorite sister Sarah, who died of consumption. The title
was changed later to "Consumption."

W CB 15 "An Indian Story," in The United States Literary Gazette.
Boston, July 1, 1824.
Sturges p. lxviii. Original wrappers. First printing, p. 92, cols. 2-3. Bryant
presented the Indian colorfully and sympathetically, as having simple desires
and virtues. He also used the Indian to illustrate his theme of time and
evolving civilizations.

WCB 16 "Summer Wind," in The United States Literary Gazette.
Boston, July 15, 1824.
Sturges p. lxviii. Original wrappers. First printing, p. 107, cols. 1-2. Poe
praised this poem, because in it Bryant made "the sound the echo of the
sense" (Brown, p. 117).

WCB 17 "An Indian at the Burying-place of His Fathers," in The
United States Literary Gazette. Boston, August 1, 1824.
Sturges p. lxviii. Original wrappers. First printing, p. 125, cols. 1-2; "Bury-
ing-place" was later changed to "Burial-place."

WCB 18 "Song," in The United States Literary Gazette.
Boston, August 15, 1824
Sturges p. lxviii. Original wrappers. First printing of "Dost thou idly ask to


hear," p. 140, col. 3, and p. 141, col. 1. PDH states that this poem was "Later
known as Love's Seasons," the title Sturges uses. In most reprints the original
title is used. In Godwin's edition of the poems (WCB 235), "Love's Seasons"
is used. I Front wrapper signed, "D.L. Brown."

WCB 19 "Hymn of the Waldenses," in The United States Literary
Gazette. Boston, September 1, 1824.
Sturges p. lxviii. Original wrappers. First printing, p. 156, col. 3, and p. 157,
col. 1. This poem is an early expression of Bryant's belief in tolerance and
freedom of conscience. f Front wrapper signed, "David Laurence Brown."

WCB 20 "Monument Mountain," in The United States Literary
Gazette. Boston, September 15, 1824.
Sturges p. lxvii. Original wrappers. First printing, p. 173, cols. 2-3, and p.
174, col. 1. A note explaining the origins of this poem was added in the 1832
edition of Bryant's poems.

W CB 21 "After the Tempest," in The United States Literary Gazette.
Boston, October 1, 1824.
Sturges p. lxviii. Original wrappers. First printing, p. 190, cols. 1-2. Title
changed to "After a Tempest" in Miscellaneous Poems Selectedfrom the United
States Literary Gazette (1826) and in the 1832 edition of Bryant's poems.
Sturges uses the revised title.

WCB 22 "Autumn Woods," in The United States Literary Gazette.
Boston, October 15, 1824.
Sturges p. lxviii. Original wrappers. First printing, p. 203, cols. 2-3.

WCB 23 "Sonnet" ("They talk of short-lived pleasure-be it
so-"), in The United States Literary Gazette.
Boston, November 15, 1824.
Sturges p. lxviii. Original wrappers. First printing, p. 237, col. 3. Later called
"Mutation," the title Sturges uses.


WCB 24

"Sonnet" ("Yet one smile more, departing sun!"), in
The United States Literary Gazette.
Boston, November 15, 1824.

Sturges p. lxviii. Original wrappers. First printing, p. 237, col. 3. Later called
"November," the title Sturges uses.

WCB 25

"Song of the Grecian Amazon," in The United States
Literary Gazette. Boston, December 1, 1824.

Sturges p. lxviii. Original wrappers. First printing, p. 253, col. 3. "Grecian"
was changed to "Greek" in the 1832 edition. The poem is about the Greek
battle for independence from the Turks, a topic Bryant returned to in several
poems. Later he showed the same interest in the Italian Risorgimento.

WCB 26 "To a Cloud," in The United States Literary Gazette.
Boston, December 15, 1824.
Sturges p. lxviii. Original wrappers. First printing, p. 267, cols. 1-2.

WCB 27 The Album.

New York, 1824.

BAL 1589. Brown boards, lavender spine. The book is in three sections:
"Original Pieces" (pp. 1-50), "Selections" (pp. 51-156), and 46 blank
pages. First book printings of "Song," pp. [53]-55, and "March," pp. 61-
62; reprints "To a Waterfowl," pp. 83-84.

WCB 28 "The Murdered Traveller," in The United States Literary
Gazette. Boston, January 1, 1825.
Sturges p. lxviii. Original wrappers. First printing, p. 286, col. 1. Sturges
incorrectly gives the publication date as January 14. A note explaining the
origins of this poem was added in the 1832 edition of Bryant's poems. I
Signed "D.L. Brown" on front wrapper.

WCB 29

"Hymn to the North Star," in The United States Literary
Gazette. Boston, January 15, 1825.

Sturges pp. lxviii-lxix. Original wrappers. First printing, p. 298, col. 2.


WCB 30 "The Lapse ofTime," in The United States Literary Gazette.
Boston, February 15, 1825.
Sturges p. lxix. Original wrappers. First printing, p. 330, col. 2.

WCB 31 "Song of the Stars," in The United States Literary Gazette.
Boston, March 1, 1825.
Sturges p. lxix. Original wrappers. First printing, p. 349, cols. 1-2. Signed
"D L Brown" on front wrapper.

WCB 32 "A Hymn," in The United States Literary Gazette.
Boston, April 1, 1825.
Sturges p. Ixix. Half calf. First printing, pp. 28-30. Volume II of the Gazette
has a new format, smaller, not in columns. On April 1 Theophilus Parsons
was replaced by James Gordon Carter. In anticipation of this, Carter had
asked Bryant "to furnish half the matter for half the money," but Bryant
declined because he was moving to New York. [ The title of this poem was
changed to "A Forest Hymn," the title Sturges uses. Bryant wrote to Dana,
"As to the passage in 'A Forest Hymn,' remarked upon by Wilson, I see that,
in attempting to mend it, I have marred the unity and effect of the passage.
The truth is, that an alteration ought never to be made without the mind
being filled with the subject. In mending a faulty passage in cold blood, we
often do more mischief, by attending to particulars and neglecting the entire
construction and sequence of ideas, than we do good. I think a better altera-
tion than I made would be this: 'Communion with his Maker. These dim vaults,
/ These winding aisles, of human pomp or pride / Report not. No fantastic
carvings show,' etc." This was Bryant's final revision. The passage had read:
"Here are seen / No traces of man's pomp or pride; -no silks / Rustle, no
jewels shine, nor envious eyes / Encounter" (Letters, I, 384-85).

WCB 33 "The Grecian Partizan," in The United States Literary
Gazette. Boston, May 15, 1825.
Sturges p. Ixix. Half calf. First printing, pp. 142-43. In the 1832 edition the
title was changed to "The Greek Partisan."


W CB 34 The Atlantic Souvenir; Christmas and .N\ew Tear's Offering.
Philadelphia, 1826.
BAL 1590; Sturges p. cx. Calf, morocco label, another copy in green printed
boards. Prints three poems: "June," pp. 64-65, "Oh Fairest of the Rural
Maids," p. 135, "Nature," pp. 184-85. BAL states that the first two were col-
lected in Poems, 1832; the third was also collected there, but the title was
changed to "I Broke the Spell that Held Me Long," the first line of the poem.
Bryant made other changes in this poem, including deletion of stanza IV,
which described a child being rescued from the brink of a cliff and was the
subject for the engraved illustration accompanying the poem. S On the calf
copy endpaper, in pencil, "C.M. Sedgwick. The Catholic Iroquois p. 72,"
on verso of frontispiece, in pencil, "Paul Jones A Revolutionary Story-The
Catholic Iroquois." In the boards copy, on the presentation leaf, "Jane Wig-
glesworth" for "her affectionate sister Mary."

W CB 35 Miscellaneous Poems Selected from the United States Literary
Gazette. Boston, 1826.
BAL 1591; Sturges p. cxii. Blue boards, red calf spine. Collects 23 poems
Bryant contributed to The United State Literary Gazette. f On front end-
paper, "Thos Bull 1828."

WCB 36 The Talismanfor MDCCCXXVIII. New York, 1827.
BAL 1594; Sturges p. cxii. Green printed boards. This gift annual was a col-
laboration of William Cullen Bryant, Robert C. Sands, and Gulian C. Ver-
planck. As Verplanck recalled, "One of the party proposed to publish a little
volume of their own miscellanies in humble imitation of the English wits of
the last century. It occurred to Sands to combine this idea with the form and
decoration of the annual" (Brown, p. 164). As a pseudonym, they invented
"Francis Herbert," a traveler in the East; the preface, pp. iii-x, is signed with
that name. f On free front endpaper, in pencil, "Sarah Jane from Thomas.
Christmas day 1861."

WCB 37 The Classical Reader; A Selection of Lessons in Prose and
Verse ... By Rev. F. W. P. Greenwood and G. B. Emerson.
Boston, 1828.
Not in BAL; HWL 26. Calf. Reprints "Thanatopsis," pp. 12-14, "The Mur-


dered Traveller," pp. 14-15, "The Rivulet," pp. 15-17. On recto of free
front endpaper, in pencil, "Miss Adeline B. Loud Portland Me Sept 9. 1847."
On title page, in pencil, "S.M. Watson."

WCB 38 The Talismanfor MDCCCXXIX. New York, 1828.
BAL 1596; Sturges pp. cxii-cxiii. Red leather, gilt. Eight contributions by
Bryant. Sf Ink inscription, "O.E.H.-To Sally Ann Huntington 1st Jany.
1829-"; in pencil, "S.A. Huntington 1st Jan. 1829."

WCB 39 Emily Taylor. Sabbath Recreations, or, Select Poetry of a
Religious Kind, Chiefly Taken from the Works of Modern
Poets; with Original Pieces NVever Before Published.
Boston, 1829.
BAL 1598. Marbled boards, blue silk spine. Four poems by Bryant, one a
first book printing; none was in the preceding London edition.

WCB 40 The Talisman for MDCCCXXX. New York, 1829.
BAL 1599; Sturges p. cxiii. Black leather, spine lettered: Talisman / 1830 /
New-York, but without statement of edition. First printing of "Sonnet, To
Cole." Bryant and Thomas Cole appear as "Kindred Spirits" in A. B. Du-
rand's painting commissioned by Jonathan Sturges and presented to Bryant
after his oration on the death of Cole. Bryant's essay, "Phanettes des Gantel-
mes," was included in Godwin's collection (I, 108-14) with the title "Female
Troubadours." The Talisman was not a financial success, and it was discon-
tinued after this year. I On free front endpaper, a stamp, "Mary J. Sanborn";
on engraved title, "Sarah B. Parker," in ink.

W CB 41 Samuel Kettell. Specimens of American Poetry, with Critical
and Biographical N'otices. 3 vols. Boston, 1829.
BAL 1:370. Tan boards, cloth spine, paper label. Bryant's poetry is on pp.
132-155, Vol. III. Reprints "The Ages," pp. 136-144, "Thanatopsis," pp.
144-145, "To a Waterfowl," p. 146, "The Murdered Traveler," p. 147, "An
Indian Story," pp. 148-150, "Hymn to the North Star," pp. 150-151, "Song
of the Stars," pp. 151-152, "Autumn Woods," pp. 152-153, "The Close of


Autumn" (title changed to "The Death of the Flowers" in the 1832 edition
of Bryant's poems), pp. 154-155. ( On front pastedown, label of the South
Boston Circulating Library, listing conditions for borrowing the book.

WCB 42 The American Landscape, .Vo. 1. New York, 1830.
BAL 1600; Sturges p. cxiii. Green cloth, black leather spine. Preface by Bryant.
PDH quotes part of the preface and the sentence, "The descriptions of Fort
Putnam and Lake Winnipiseogee are furnished by pens which have acquired
reputation in more elaborate efforts," from which he concludes, "This would
lead one to believe that Bryant wrote the other four."

WCB 43 George B. Cheever. The American Common-Place Book of
Poetry. Boston, 1831.
BAL 1602. Rebound. Contains 23 poems by Bryant, fifteen of them reprints.
"The Western World" is stanzas 27-33 from Bryant's Phi Beta Kappa poem,
"The Ages"; "God's First Temple. A Hymn," was changed to "A Forest
Hymn" in later printings; "Sonnet," p. 101, was changed to "Midsummer";
"Sonnet," pp. 300-301, was changed to "October"; "A Noon Scene" was
changed to "A Summer Ramble."

WCB 44 Poems. New York, 1832.
BAL 1603; Sturges p. lxxxiv. Tan boards, green cloth spine, paper label.
Brown lists five first printings: "The Burial Place," "Oh Fairest of the Rural
Maids," "The Massacre at Scio," "The Journey of Life," "To the Fringed
Gentian." Notes to nineteen poems appear here for the first time. I[ Bryant
wrote to Dana on March 10, 1826: "What reputation I have depends in
good measure, I have no doubt, upon my having written so little. I began to
write a great while since, and I have no doubt that if I had written volumi-
nously at first I should have given the public a surfeit at once. I hold therefore
that my best way of keeping in favour with the public is to appear before them
rarely" (Brown, p. 189). f Inscribed on front pastedown, "Mrs. Eliza Hol-
land from her brother E. K. Whitaker, June [?] 13, 1866 [?]." The pencil
inscription was later erased.



WCB MS 1 Autograph poem: "A Poem. Composed by a lad of twelve
years old. To be exhibited at the close of the winter school,
in presence of the Master, the Minister of the Parish, and
a number of private Gentlemen."
Cummington [Massachusetts], February 19, 1807.
Two pages, both sides of one sheet, 45 x 19.7 cm., laid paper. Breaks at folds
mended with transparent paper. I Of this poem, Bryant wrote in his auto-
biographical fragment (in Godwin, Life, I, 22-23), "In the spring of 1804,
when I was ten years old, I composed a little poem, the subject of which was
the description of the school, and which I declaimed on the schoolroom floor."
Like much of his early verse, it relies on religious inspiration and shows the
influence of Bryant's maternal grandfather, Ebenezer Snell. In "The Juvenile
Verse of William Cullen Bryant" (Studies in Philology, 1929, pp. 96-116),
Tremaine McDowell maintains that Bryant was nine years old when he wrote
the poem, not ten. McDowell states that at least one manuscript of this poem
was prepared by Bryant's aunt, Charity Bryant. Although the poem was com-
posed three years before it was published, this copy was written out just one
month before publication. If PDH: "Autograph manuscript of the first poem
by Bryant to appear in print. Together with a photostat of the portion of the
page of the Hampshire Gazette of March 18, 1807, in which the poem appeared
for the first time. This manuscript came from the Dawes Homestead in Cum-
mington. F. H. Dawes was for many years Bryant's farm manager there. The
poem is signed both in the manuscript and in the Hampshire Gazette 'C.B.,'
standing for Cullen Bryant, and was the name often used at that time."

WCB MS 2 Autograph verses: "To S.C., H.C., and P.C."
[ca. 1809]
As written on the verso of the "Advertisement" leaf of a copy of the second
edition of The Embargo (WCB 2):
To S.C.
Deportment pleasing, disposition Kind
Expressive eyes that shew a generous mind
Thoughtful yet Cheerfull with that graceful ease
who er possess cannot fail to please


This little modest unassuming witch
This little materpeice of wit & art
with honest pleasentry become so rich-
That that [sic] She hath melted this too Stubborn heart
To P.C.
Twould alas but here my muse is gone-
My pen indignantly looks up with Scorn.
C. B.

WCB MS 3 Manuscript poem: "Poem read by W. C. Bryant before
the Philotechnian Society of Williams College."
[Williamstown, Mass.] March, 1811.
Six stanzas, ten lines each, on three pages of a folded sheet of ruled paper,
25 x 19.5 cm. Printed under the title "Descriptio Gulielmopolis," pp. 340-
341, Williamstown and Williams College (WCB 238) by Arthur L. Perry
(New York, 1899). Professor Perry states that a classmate, Charles Jenkins,
made a copy of the original manuscript; PDH: "This copy came from George
W. Curtis's library and is possibly that [i.e., Jenkins's] copy.... This was a
gift of Mr. George T. Goodspeed."

WCB MS 4 Autograph note to Mrs. William Ware, 30 September
1836. [New York] 1836.
Presenting a copy of the third edition of Poems. Writing paper, 25 x 20 cm.:
"Mr. Bryant presents his respects to Mrs. Ware, and begs that she will do
him the favor to accept the accompanying volume. Friday morning. Sept 30
1836." Addressed: "Mrs. Ware, 91 Reed Street."

WCB MS 5 Autograph poem: "The Snow Shower."
[Roslyn, N.Y., 1854]
Seven stanzas on six quarter sheets, the first 17 x 6 cm., all others 14 x 6 cm.,
pasted onto two sheets of scrapbook size, a fictional [? account of one Wil-
liam Sikes in another hand pasted to the back of one sheet. f On first sheet:
"The Snow Shower" over "Wm Cullen Bryant," both cancelled by pen strokes.
On the first sheet the words "To be introduced," and on the second, "Publ.


in the Knickerbocker Gallery 1855," are perhaps clues to these and other
annotations. The body of the poem is clean copy.

WCB MS 6 Corrected proof of "The Tides."
[Roslyn, N.Y.3 July, 1860.

Sturges p. lxxiv. Galley, 21.5 x 11.6 cm. Printed below the poem, "[N.Y.
Ledger]"; in Bryant's hand, "Corrected copy," "July 1860," and a new
stanza to replace cancelled stanza nine. f In a footnote (II, 271-272), God-
win gives an account of the evolution of this poem: "Some years since, Pro-
fessor C. M. Dodd of Williams College showed [a friend] a manuscript copy
of one of Bryant's poems .. 'The Tides,' and there were five copies, written
on five separate pieces of paper. In each successive copy there were changes in
every stanza except the first one ... Sometimes a form of expression appeared
in one copy, and was discarded in the next copy, and restored in the third; and
many of the stanzas were written over more than five times-the last one,
seventeen times, before it was allowed to stand as it was printed." Further
revisions appear in the Roslyn Edition of the collected poems. f[ With the
manuscript is a letter of Warren A. Tooker, 30 May 1907, on a letterhead of
the Illinois Eastern Hospital for the Insane, explaining the provenance: given
by Bryant to the Rev. Samuel Rose Ely, Presbyterian minister at Roslyn, then
owned by Dr. Ely's son, who gave it to Warren Tooker, who was then trans-
mitting it to Mr. Charles Rayhorn. PDH does not say how it came into his
possession. See Plate V.

WCB MS 7 Autograph poem: "My Autumn Walk."
[N.p.] October, 1864.
2 sheets, 25.3 x 19 cm. Holograph manuscript, written on one side only; title,
in another hand, at head of poem; 9 stanzas on first page, 7 on second, foot-
note on "mock-grape," at bottom of second page. First published in the At-
lantic, January, 1865. Bound with other manuscripts in red morocco, lettered
"Manuscripts of American Authors." S[ Bryant wrote James T. Fields, then
editor, "I send you a poem for the 'Atlantic Monthly.' Ask me for no more
verses. A septuagenarian has passed the time when it is becoming for him to
occupy himself with 'The rhymes and rattles of the man and boy.' Nobody,
in the years after seventy, can produce anything in poetry save the thick and
muddy last runnings of the cask from which all the clear and sprightly liquor
has been already drawn. I can think of no name for the trifle I send you. Can


you suggest one? If not, I must leave the name to be added in the proof.
Please leave the date as it stands at the close of the poem" (Godwin, II, 212-
213). His comment about the title suggests that Fields himself added it here.

WCB MS 8 Autograph note to Henry Dithmar.
[New York, 1866]
Sheet of laid paper, 12.5 x 21 cm. Undated, asking the shop foreman at the
Evening Post, "Will Mr. Dithmar oblige Mr. Bryant by giving him five slips
of the 'Death of slavery' with these corrections-
4th line of first stanza should read thus
And turn a stony gaze on human tears.
2nd line of 4th stanza
The wrath of heaven oertook &c
1st & 2d lines of 6th stanza
Go now, accurst of God and take thy place
With hateful memories &c
5[ These corrections appear in the broadside printing, but differ from the text
in the July, 1866, issue of the Atlantic. They were kept in later editions. See
WCB 146, 147, 148.

WCB MS 9 Autograph addressfor the Goethe Celebration, NJ'ew York,
September, 1875. [New York, 1875]
Fourteen sheets of ruled note-paper, 20.5 x 12.7 cm., written on one side
only, in red quarter-morocco slipcase. Headed, "Mr. Bryant's Address"; "3d
draught," lined through. On first sheet, "For Mr. Dithmar [for whom see
WCB MS 8] to put in type." Corrections in text. Printed in Laurel Leaves
(WCB 195) with title, "The Poet Goethe. An Address Delivered at the
Goethe Celebration, New York, Sept., 1875." See Plate VI.


WCB 45 Poems. London, 1832.
BAL 1811; Sturges pp. lxxxi-lxxxiv. Calf. Bryant asked Washington Irving,
who was living in England, for help in getting this book published. To make
the poetry more palatable to an English audience, Irving dedicated the book
to Samuel Rogers and, in the poem "Song of Marion's Men," altered "the
British soldier trembles" to "the foeman trembles in his camp." Five years
later, William Leggett called Irving's alteration an affront to Americans.
ff Ink inscription, "Jeannette Dagrebe from M.B.W.S. May 20, 1852."

WCB 46 Tales of Glauber-Spa. By Several American Authors.
2 vols. New York, 1832.
BAL 1605, printing 1; Sturges pp. cxiii-cxiv. Green silk in slipcase. The
authors were imitating the Decameron under a pseudonym, "Sharon Clapp,"
the name signed to the "Introduction." If Ink signature, "H. W. Hamilton
1832" on title pages. On the page of contents Bryant's name pencilled beside
"The Skeleton's Cave" and "Medfield."

W CB 47 Sarah Josepha Hale. Flora's Interpreter: or, The American
Book of Flowers and Sentiments. Boston, 1832.
Black leather. Wanting pages 49-50. The book is divided into two sections:
Flora's Interpreter, and The Poesy of Flowers. The "Contents" lists six
poems by Bryant, the first on the missing pages 49-50. The others are: p. 55,
"Sentiment. The Lady to Her Lover," Bryant's translation from the Spanish;
p. 103, "Sentiment," collected as "The Lapse of Time"; pp. 130-31, "Senti-
ment," collected as "Oh, Fairest of the Rural Maids"; pp. 187-88, "Senti-
ment," collected as "Innocent Maid and Snow-white Flower!"; p. 196, "To
the Fringed Gentian"; pp. 210-11, "The Death of the Flowers," misnum-
bered "206" in the index. All these are in Poems (1832). f Bookplate of
Carroll Atwood Wilson; on frontispiece, in pencil, "Sarah H. Brown 1833."

WCB 48 "The Arctic Lover to His Mistress" and "Memoir of
Robert C. Sands," in Knickerbocker: or, NJew-Tork Monthly
Magazine. New York, January, 1833.
Sturges p. lxxi. First printing of "The Arctic Lover to His Mistress," on pp.
29-30, Vol. I, No. 1. The poem was written originally as a conclusion for




Antoine LeGrand. Institutio Philosophiae, Secundum
Principia D. Renati Descartes: JNova Methodo Ador-
nata, & Explicata. In Usum Juventutis Academicae.
Norimbergae, 1695.

Calf. From Bryant's library. On front pastedown, in ink, "Wm. C. Bryant.
Bought at Chat. Mort. sale, Buffalo Sept.r 18, 1855."


"Literary Portraits. No. II. William C. Bryant," in
The New England Magazine.
Boston, November 1, 1831.

Wrappers. On pp. 398-404 an unsigned essay on Bryant: the author praises
him as the best of American poets, but questions his decision to move to New
York, leaving the legal profession for journalism and party politics. f Book-
plate of Carroll Atwood Wilson.


"Poems by William Cullen Bryant," in The New
England Magazine. Boston, March, 1832.

Half calf. On pp. 265-266, unsigned review of the 1832 edition of Bryant's
poems, beginning "Such is the modest title of one of the best volumes ever
published in this country, or, indeed, in the world." Three stanzas of "The
Ages" are quoted.

WCB ANA 4 "Poems by William Cullen Bryant," in The Knicker-
bocker: or, JNew-Tork Monthly Magazine.
New York, October, 1833.
Cloth. Anonymous review, p. 318, of the 1832 edition: "No poet in our
country is so exquisite in rhythm, so classically pure and accurate in
language, so appropriate in diction, phrase, simile, metaphor, as Bryant." S
Ink signature on title, "0. Richardson."



S. G. Goodrich, ed. The Token and Atlantic Souvenir.
A Christmas and JNew Year's Present.

Boston, 1836.
Calf. PDH: "Contains on p. 153 the first printing of the anonymous poem To
xxxx xxxxxxxx which begins 'Fair daughter of the sunny-cinctured South!'"
-but not otherwise attributed to Bryant. f Ink inscription, "Elizabeth Has-
kell [from] Her Brother Jere."


"New volume of Poems by Bryant," in The Knicker-
bocker, or NVew-Tork Monthly Magazine.
New York, September, 1842.

Half calf. Unsigned review of The Fountain and Other Poems, p. 296, in the
"Editor's Table." IJ Pencil signature, "Cornelia Mitchell."


George B. Wallis. "Stanzas. Inscribed to William
Cullen Bryant," in The United States Magazine, and
Democratic Review. Washington, October, 1843.

Half calf. Four Spenserian stanzas, p. 434, in which the poet writes of the
soothing effect of nature, with allusions to poems by Bryant: "Sweet is it to
commune on Nature's page, / Her ampler page, meek bard, with such as
thee; / Who teaches that a flower may assuage / The mind and quell its

WCB ANA 8 W. J. Stillman. "Rowse's Portrait of Emerson.
Durand's Portrait of Bryant. Barry's Portrait of
Whittier," in The Atlantic Monthly.
Boston, May, 1859.
Wrappers. The critique, pp. 653-654, describes Bryant's appearance and com-
ments on his friendship with Durand. J Ink signature, "P.B. Powers."

WCB ANA 9 "A Forest Hymn," in The Atlantic Monthly.
Boston, December, 1860.
Wrappers. One paragraph review, p. 762, of this luxury printing of Bryant's


poem, illustrated by John A. Hows: "Bryant's noble 'Forest Hymn' is illus-
trated by 'honest' drawing from Nature, and American Nature." The book is
advertised in four bindings, two in morocco, one in half morocco, one in cloth.

WCB ANA 10 GeorgeS.Hillard."Bryant,"in TheAtlanticMonthly.
Boston, December, 1860.
Wrappers. Thirty Poems occasioned this essay by Hillard, who praises Bry-
ant's achievement, notes his favorite topics, and quotes extensively. He ends
with: "All honor to the strong-hearted singer who, in the late autumn of life,
retains his love of Nature, his hatred of injustice and oppression, his sympathy
with humanity, his intellectual activity, his faith in progress, his trust in God!"
fI Pencil signature, "Miss Hunt." Contributors identified in pencil.

WCB ANA 11 H. T. Tuckerman. "To William Cullen Bryant," in
The Atlantic Monthly. Boston, November, 1864.
Wrappers. The poem, pp. 563-564, was written for Bryant's seventieth birth-
day and is dated November 3, 1864. Characterizing Bryant as "Our country's
minstrel," Tuckerman identifies his major themes as nature, death, and free-
dom. $ Pencil signature, "Miss Hunt."

WCB ANA 12 Oliver WendellHolmes. "Bryant's Seventieth Birth-
day," in The Atlantic Monthly.
Boston, December, 1864.
Wrappers. The poem, pp. 738-740, is in an unusual form (triplets with a
single end rhyme and frequent run-on lines). Holmes calls Bryant "the first
sweet singer in the cage / Of our close-woven life." The poem closes with
hope the Civil War will soon end. S Pencil signature, "Miss Hunt." Con-
tributors identified in pencil.

WCB ANA 13 "The Odyssey of Homer, translated into English Blank
Verse," in The Atlantic Monthly.
Boston, May, 1872.
Wrappers. Unsigned review (PDH: "by E.C. Stedman"), pp. 619-624, of
Bryant's translation: "The reader of these volumes will be charmed with the


perfect grace and beauty of many scenic descriptions, where the translator's
command of language seems most enlarged, and the measure flows with the
rhythmic perfection of his original poems." J Pencil signature, "C. Waitt."

WCB ANA 14 "Waiting by the Gate." [N.p.] 1872.
Manuscript, Spencerian calligraphy, on five sheets of paper, 18 x 11.5 cm.,
tied with blue ribbon. At end, signed "F."; within ornament, "To Harry
Danforth, March 31st, 1872."

WCB ANA 15 "Orations and Addresses," in The Atlantic Monthly.
Boston, October, 1873.
Wrappers. Unsigned review (PDH: "by W.D. Howells"), pp. 498-500, of
collected speeches. The reviewer cites commemorative addresses for Cole,
Cooper, Irving, Halleck, and Verplanck: "They form the most intelligent and
intelligible sketch we have of the main intellectual and social features of our
first great literary epoch." 5 Pencil signature, "Waitt."

WCB ANA 16 A Descriptive Catalogue of the Standard and Popular
Books Published by James R. Osgood & Company.
Boston [1876]
Wrappers. Two editions of Bryant's translation of the Iliad and the Odyssey
described on p. 13; the second, the Roslyn edition, in both a two-volume and
one-volume format. Excerpts from reviews in the .'Jew York Independent,
Saturday Review (London), .New Tork Tribune. Voices of J\Nature was recom-
mended by Washington Irving.

WCB ANA 17 "A Popular History of the United States. By William
Cullen Bryant and Sidney Howard Gay. Vol. I,"
in The Atlantic Monthly.
Boston, September, 1876.
Wrappers. Unsigned review (PDH: "by H. E. Scudder"), pp. 361-363, of
Volume I of a four-volume history of the United States, written by Gay and
edited by Bryant. Scudder disliked the work. Four volumes were published,
1876-1880, and a supplement in 1896.


WCB ANA 18 "Baker's portrait of Bryant," in The Atlantic
Monthly. Boston, December, 1876.
Wrappers. One paragraph evaluation, p. 759, of J. E. Baker's lithograph
portrait of Bryant, one in a series issued by the Atlantic, as inducements to
subscribe. T. B. Aldrich, Holmes, C. P. Cranch, G. C. Eggleston, Emerson,
and E. C. Stedman are quoted.

WCB ANA 19 "Bryant's Poems," in The Atlantic Monthly.
Boston, January, 1877.
Wrappers. A review, p. 113, of the 1876 edition: "The secret of Mr. Bryant's
long and successful career as a poet who has seldom extended his pieces beyond
a certain moderate length, and has never sought to attract by complicated or
exciting narrative, may be found, we think, in the entire integrity of his
poetical mood, and the calm which has sometimes been called coldness. But
this calm may be a much surer sign of power than fury of emotion is, in a poet
as well as in a man of affairs. We consider it a sign of power in action."

WCB ANA 20 Edmund C. Stedman. "The Death of Bryant," in
The Atlantic Monthly. Boston, December, 1878.
Wrappers. In his poem, pp. 747-749, Stedman imagines Nature welcoming
and paying homage to Bryant. I On front wrapper, in pencil, "Miss Randall."

WCB ANA 21 "Thanatopsis," in The Atlantic Monthly.
Boston, January, 1879.
Wrappers. One paragraph review, p. 121, of a deluxe, illustrated edition: "As
these things go, the attempt to illuminate a poem that does not easily lend
itself to graphic interpretation is unusually successful."

WCB ANA 22 "The City and the Sea," with Other Cambridge Con-
tributions, in Aid of the Hospital Fund.
Cambridge, 1881.
Brown cloth. On pp. [187]-189, "To William Cullen Bryant, Sent on His
Seventieth Birthday, Nov. 3, 1864," by Mrs. Charles Folsom.


WCB ANA 23 Fitzedmund Hall. A Letter to the Editor of the ANew
Tork Nation Relative to Certain Slanders of the JNew
York Evening Post. London, 1881.
Wrappers. Pamphlet, "printed for the author," responding to "the abuse
which, for eight years and more, has been constantly heaped on me, by certain
of my countrymen, in requital of my efforts to guide Americans in the direc-
tion of true English." Hall attacks Bryant and his index expurgatorius prepared
for the Evening Post, giving a long list of syntactical errors and bad diction
in Bryant's prose. In his essay, "English Rational and Irrational," in The
.N'ineteentb Century (September, 1880), pp. 424-444, Hall characterized Bry-
ant as "a novice in the management of the mother tongue." f~ On p. 4, in
the spelling "presumptious," the "i" has been cancelled in ink, and a "u" is
substituted; "The printer's liberty," Hall explains.

WCB ANA 24 "A Biography of William Cullen Bryant, with Ex-
tracts from His Private Correspondence. By Parke
Godwin," in The Atlantic Monthly.
Boston, September, 1883.
Wrappers. An unsigned review, pp. 411-414 (PDH: "by H.E. Scudder"),
of Godwin's biography of Bryant.


Robert Sands's "Poetry of the Esquimaux," a fragment of which is printed
on pp. 56-59; Bryant's unsigned memorial of Robert Sands appears on pp.
49-56. Sands had collaborated with Bryant and others in producing three
volumes of The Talisman and Tales of Glauber-Spa.

WCB 49 "Correspondence of the Dunlap Benefit," in The Knicker-
bocker: or, JNew-Tork Monthly Magazine.
New York, May, 1833.
Prints a letter from Bryant, p. 324, declining an invitation to prepare a poem
for the Dunlap Benefit. As a young man Bryant accepted invitations to pre-
pare occasional poems, but in later life he more often refused.

WCB 50 "The Prairies," in The Knickerbocker: or, Jew-Tork Monthly
Magazine. New York, December, 1833.
Sturges p. lxxi. First printing of Bryant's poem, pp. 410-413, Vol. II, No. 6.
The poem records Bryant's response to the prairies he saw when he visited
his brothers in Illinois. Bryant was dissatisfied with the beginning of this
poem, and he revised it again and again. In the Knickerbocker it is,
"These are the Gardens of the Desert, these
For which the speech of England has no name-
The boundless unshorn fields, where lingers yet
The beauty of the earth ere man had sinned-
The Prairies."
In the 1834 edition of his poems it is,
"These are the Gardens of the Desert, these
The unshorn fields, boundless and beautiful,
And fresh as the young earth, ere man had sinned-
The Prairies."
In his Selectionsfrom the American Poets (1840), it is,
"These are the gardens of the desert, these
The unshorn fields, boundless and beautiful,
For which the speech of England has no name-
The Prairies."
This last is found in later editions. In the Knickerbocker copy, the line "For
which the speech of England has no name-" has been crossed out in pencil.
If On title page of Vol. II, ink signature, "0. Richardson."


WCB 51 Poems. Boston, 1834.
BAL 1609; Sturges p. lxxxv. Two copies: imprint A, green cloth, leather
label; imprint C, blue cloth, leather label. Imprint A annotated in pencil,
pencil signature, "Jno. H. Jenks"; imprint C, printed label, "Property of The
Pilgrim Society."

WCB 52 The Laurel: a Gift for All Seasons. Being a Collection of
Poems. Boston, 1836.
BAL 1:371. Brown cloth. Reprints "Song of Marion's Men," pp. 17-19,
"Summer Wind," pp. 39-41, "Thanatopsis," pp. 45-48, "To a Waterfowl,"
pp. 94-95, "The Arctic Lover to His Mistress," pp. 97-98.

WCB 53 Poems... Third edition. New York, 1836.
BAL 1612. Dark brown cloth. The engraved title by Cushman after Weir is
the first illustration in a collection of Bryant's poetry. Bryant wrote to Dana,
"I am to have a vignette for the title page from a design by Weir illustrating
the little poem called 'Inscription for the Entrance to a Wood.' It is a copy
of a little landscape at West Point" (Letters, II, 27). This edition contains
the preface to the first edition and the advertisement to the second. On free
front endpaper, upper right corner, pencilled and traced over in ink, "Mrs.
William Ware from the author." For the presentation letter from Bryant
to Mrs. Ware, see WCB MS 4.

WCB 54 Songs of the Free, and Hymns of Christian Freedom.
Boston, 1836.
B AL 1:371. Blue cloth. Reprints "Blessed Are They That Mourn," pp. [78]-79.

WCB 55 Poems ... Fourth edition. New York, 1836.
BAL 1812; Sturges p. lxxxv. Dark brown cloth. Armorial bookplate of Wil-
liam Binney.


WCB 56 "The Battlefield," in The United States Magazine and Dem-
ocratic Review.
Washington, D.C., October-December, 1837.
Sturges p. lxxii. Two copies, single issue in original wrappers, and bound
Vol. I of three volume set. First printing, pp. 15-16. In later printings "Battle-
field" changed to "Battle-Field." In the collected edition of 1847, line 2,
stanza 8, changed from "The hissing, stinging bolt of scorn" to "The foul
and hissing bolt of scorn." f Ink signature, "S. Sampson," in bound volume.

WCB 57 "An Incident at Sorrento," in The United States Magazine
and Democratic Review.
Washington, D.C., January, 1838.
Sturges p. lxxi. Two copies, single issue in original wrappers, and bound
Vol. I of three volume set. First printing, pp. 204-205. In The Fountain and
Other Poems, 1842, the title was changed to "The Child's Funeral," the title
Sturges uses. Sturges erroneously dates this 1835. f5 Ink signature, "S. Samp-
son," in bound volume.

WCB 58 "The Death of Schiller," in The United States Magazine
and Democratic Review.
Washington, D.C., September, 1838.
Sturges p. lxxii. Two copies, single issue in original wrappers, and bound
Vol. III of three volume set. First printing, p. 66. Sturges erroneously dates
this August, 1838. f[ Bryant made several changes for the 1847 collected
poems. The most substantial one is in stanza 5, lines 3 and 4: "Till Death set
his soul of fire, / To plunge into its fitter sphere" becomes "Till, freed by
death, his soul of fire / Sprang to a fairer, ampler sphere." In 1854 and after,
stanza 6 is omitted, and the poem ends with the above lines. JI Ink signature,
"F.V. Wright," on wrappered copy, "S. Sampson," in bound volume.

WCB 59 "The Future Life," in The United States Magazine and
Democratic Review. Washington, D.C., January, 1839.
Sturges p. lxxii. Original wrappers. Sturges erroneously dates this March,
1889. First printing, pp. 49-50. In the 1854 edition, stanza 3, line 4, "Shall it


be banished from thy tongue in heaven?" becomes "And must thou never
utter it in heaven?" 5 Pencilled on front wrapper, "Hawthorne 4."

WCB 60 "The Fountain," in The United States Magazine and Dem-
ocratic Review. Washington, D.C., April, 1839.
Sturges p. lxxii. Original wrappers. First printing, pp. 405-408. In the first
book printing, The Fountain and Other Poems, 1842, stanza 3, lines 1-2, "ere
yet the axe / Had smitten the old woods" becomes "ere those old woods /
Bowed to the white man's axe." In the Roslyn edition, Bryant restores the
original lines. A primary theme in the poem is that the Indian lived in
harmony with Nature, the white man does not.

WCB 61 "The Winds," in The Knickerbocker, or .Jew-Tork Monthly
Magazine. New York, August, 1839.
Sturges p. lxxii. Bound volume. First printing, pp. 162-163. Sturges errone-
ously dates this April, 1839.

WCB 62 John Quincy Adams. The Jubilee of the Constitution.
New York, 1839.
BAL 1614; Sturges pp. cxiv-cxv; ENE 2. Modern half morocco. On p. 124 is
Bryant's "Ode," written for the semi-centennial celebration on April 30,
1839, in New York City, of the inauguration of George Washington. The
"Ode" was also printed as a broadside in the same year. It is not in Bryant's
collected poems.

WCB 63 [N. B. Devereux] The Picturesque Pocket Companion .
through Mount Auburn. Boston, 1839.
BAL 1:371. Blue pictorial boards, leather spine. Contains over 60 illustrations,
primarily of monuments in Mount Auburn Cemetery. Reprints, pp. 210-211,
"The Old Man's Funeral" by Bryant. The book includes a history and descrip-
tion of Mount Auburn. The Massachusetts Horticultural Society initiated its
establishment as an experimental garden and rural cemetery modeled after
Pere la Chaise in Paris. It became a model for parklike cemeteries in the
United States. f Ink signature, "L.C. Callamore."


WCB 64 Poems... Fifth edition. New York, 1839.
BAL 1615; Sturges p. lxxxvi. Contemporary morocco. Pencilled on free front
endpaper: "5th Edition-title-page dated 1839, engraved half-title dated
1836. First edition to contain 'The Battlefield,' pages 268-269, with the
famous lines: 'Truth crushed to earth, shall rise again; / The eternal years of
God are hers; / But error, wounded, writhes with pain, / And dies among his
worshippers.'" 5 Pencil inscription, "H.A. Richmond from his friend Mrs.
John Chandler."

WCB 65 "An Old Man's Counsel," in The United States Magazine
and Democratic Review.
Washington, D.C., February, 1840.
Sturges p. lxxii. Original wrappers. First printing, pp. 112-14. Title later
changed to "The Old Man's Counsel."

WCB 66 John Keese, ed. The Poets of America: Illustrated by One of
Her Painters. New York, 1840.
BAL 1:371. Brown morocco. Reprints "To a Waterfowl," pp. [58]-59,
"Thanatopsis," pp. [75]-78, "Green River," pp. [185]-188, "Death of the
Flowers," pp. [213]-214, "To the Evening Wind," pp. [282]-284.

WCB 67 Selections from the American Poets. New York, 1840.
BAL 1617; Sturges p. cxv. Black cloth, on spine, "The Family Library. No.
111." Contains an introduction "To the Reader," by Bryant and reprints
"The Past," pp. 204-206, "The Prairies," pp. 206-209, "The Rivulet," pp.
209-211, "Earth's Children Cleave to Earth," p. 212. In a letter to Richard
H. Dana dated November 24, 1840, Bryant commented: "My collection of
American poetry is in print but not yet published. ... I am sure that I took on
several whose verses, when I first engaged to make the selection, I did not
think I should look at" (Letters, II, 138-139). 5 Ink signature, "Henry


WCB 68 George P. Morris, comp. American Melodies; Containing
a Single Selection from the Productions of Two Hundred
Writers. Philadelphia [1840, i.e., ca. 1845]
BAL 997 (Benjamin), 1:371. Blue C cloth. Prints "To a Waterfowl," pp.

WCB 69 "An Evening Reverie. From an Unfinished Poem," in The
Knickerbocker: or, .Vew-Tork Monthly Magazine.
New York, January, 1841.
Sturges p. lxxii. Bound volume. First printing, pp. 68-69. Published also in
New York Evening Post, January 14, 1841. f One of the best statements of a
favorite Bryant theme, mutability. In Poems, 1876, Bryant added the following
note: "This poem and that entitled 'The Fountain,' with one or two others in
blank verse, were intended by the author as portions of a larger poem, in
which they may hereafter take their place (p. 497)." But Bryant never com-
pleted the larger poem.

WCB 70 Rufus W. Griswold, ed. The Biographical Annual: Con-
taining Memoirs of Eminent Persons, Recently Deceased.
New York, 1841.
BAL 1618. Dark brown cloth. On pages 13-24, Bryant's memoir of Theodore
Sedgwick, whose family encouraged Bryant's writing. S Library plate on
front pastedown, "Butler Hospital Library, Providence, R.I."; ink signature,
"William B. Duncan June 14th," and Duncan armorial plate.

WCB 71 "The Antiquity of Freedom," in The Knickerbocker, or JNew-
York Monthly Magazine. New York, February, 1842.
Sturges p. lxxii. Bound volume. First printing, pp. 119-20. Sturges errone-
ously dates this May, 1842. I Pencil signature, "Cornelia Mitchell."

WCB 72 John Keese, ed. The Poets of America. [Volume Second]
New York, 1842.
BAL 1619. Blue morocco, gilt. Reprints "The Fountain," pp. 74-78, "Song,"


pp. 214-215, "The Hunter's Vision," pp. 268-270. "Song" and "Vision" are
in the 1836 edition of Bryant's poems. "The Fountain" was first printed in
The United States Magazine, WCB 60; this is the first book appearance.

W CB 73 Popular Considerations on Homoeopathia ... Delivered before
the J.'ew York Homoeopathic Society, December 23, 1841.
New York [1842]
BAL 1620; Sturges p. xciii. First state of title. Modern calf, wanting wrappers.
PDH: "Oration delivered before the Society on Bryant's assumption of office
as President. This is one of the rarest of Bryant's books. The only other copy
that I could find in or around Boston was at the B.P.L. There were no copies
in the Chamberlain, Wakeman, or Wilson libraries." BAL adds only NYPL.
5f Bryant had a strong interest in homoeopathy: "There is homoeopathy,
which is carrying all before it. Conversions are making every day. Within a
twelvemonth the number of persons who employ homoeopathic physicians
has doubled; a homoeopathic society has been established, and I have delivered
an inaugural lecture before it-a defence of the system, which I am to repeat
next week. The heathen rage terribly, but their rage availeth nothing (Letters,
II, 167)."

W CB 74 "Life," in The Knickerbocker, or New-York Monthly Maga-
zine. New York, August, 1842.
Bound volume. Printed, without the first three stanzas, on p. 204. Pencil
signature, "Corelia Mitchell."

WCB 75 Gems from American Poets. New York [ca. 1842]
Red A cloth. Reprints "To the Past," pp. 28-30, "To a Waterfowl," pp.
46-48, "A Serenade, From the Spanish," pp. 160-162, "A Presentiment,"
pp. 163-64, "The Future Life," pp. 165-166, "The Old Man's Counsel,"
pp. 170-174.

W CB 76 The Fountain and Other Poems.
New York, London, 1842.
BAL 1621, A.B.D., signature mark 1* appears on "To the Reader" page;


Sturges Ixxxvi-Ixxxvii. Dark brown cloth, title in gilt on cover. On p. 64,
last stanza of "The Child's Funeral," "alone" is struck through and "alive"
is pencilled in the margin. This change does not appear in Bryant's collected
poems of 1847, but does appear in the edition of 1855 and later. I On free
front endpaper in ink, "Miss Mary Dewey with the regards of William C.
Bryant Dec. 1843." Bookplate of Frank Brewer Bemis on front pastedown.

WCB 77 The Fountain and Other Poems.
New York, London, 1842.
BAL 1621, A.A.G.; Sturges lxxxvi-lxxxvii. Green cross-hatched cloth, label
on spine. On flyleaf, ink inscription, "L L Thaxter from Frank Lee, July
1843." Above in pencil, "Francis L. Lee, Cambridge."

WCB 78 Henry W. Bellows. A Discourse Occasioned by the Death of
William Ellery Channing, D.D. New York, 1842.
BAL 1622; Sturges p. cxv. Original printed wrappers. f "Order of Services
in the Church of the Messiah," pp. 27-28, prints Bryant's "Original Hymn"
("While yet the harvest fields are white"). The hymn is reprinted in The
White-Footed Deer and Other Poems, 1844.

WCB 79 Rufus Wilmot Griswold, ed. The Poets and Poetry of
America. Philadelphia, 1842.
B AL 6644. Brown T cloth. Engraved portrait of Bryant; first of two epigraphs
on title a four-line passage from his "The Ages." A biographical introduction,
pp. 125-126, and reprints of twenty poems. J On recto of free front end-
paper, in ink, "Samuel B. Cruft, to Eunice M. Fox-Portland, June 22nd

WCB 80 John Keese, ed. The Poets of America. [Volume Second]
New York, 1842.
BAL 1:372. "Third edition." See WCB 72.


WCB 81 "A Translation from the Latin," in The Boston Miscellany
and Lady's Monthly Magazine.
Boston, New York, January, 1843.
Original wrappers. First printing, p. 6. Bryant gives the Latin original of Dr.
John Jortin (1698-1770) after Moschus, his own translation, and another ver-
sion by Cowper, which he describes as "very free." Not in Bryant's collected
poetry, where characteristically he included only translations from modern

WCB 82 An Address to the People of the United States in Behalf of
the American Copyright Club. New York, 1843.
B A L 1625; Sturges xciii. Stitched pamphlet of 20 pages, disbound. The names
of William C. Bryant, Francis L. Hawks, and Cornelius Mathews are printed
at the end of the address. Bryant was president of the club. The committee
which prepared the address "did not feel called upon to argue with the Amer-
ican people, so much as to excite, alarm, and animate them to the performance
of a duty, insisted on heretofore, in almost every form of logic and reason. .. ."
If At top of title, ink inscription, "The Hon. Edward Everett with Mr.
C. Welford's comps."

WCB 83 Poems. New York, 1843.
BAL 1816. Tenth edition. Dark brown T cloth. Reprints "Advertisement to
the Fifth Edition" and "Preface to the First Edition." f Signed, "Bought
Nov. 5, 1847 Samuel T Pickard."

W CB 84 Rufus Wilmot Griswold, ed. Gemsfrom the American Poets,
with Brief Biographical Notices. Philadelphia, 1844.
BAL 1:372. Reprints "To the Evening Wind," "To a Waterfowl," "The
Battle-field," "The Death of the Flowers," "To the Past." IJ Pencil inscrip-
tions, "Miss Mary J. Abbot from her friend S-," and "Loella Patee. A
present from her Aunt Mary J. Pattee."


WCB 85 The White-Footed Deer and Other Poems.
New York, 1844.
BAL 1626; Sturges pp. lxxxvii-lxxxviii. Two printings, Home Library edi-
tion in original buff wrappers; variant issue without hyphen in title, original
yellow wrappers. f PDH: "It is possible that Bryant had some large paper
copies made up for himself. Mr. George T. Goodspeed contacted all the li-
braries which might be expected to have copies of the book, and the only copy
he found like this [second] one was in the Boston Atheneum. See the Papers
of the Bibliographical Society of America, Vol. 42, Second Quarter 1948." f
Evert A. Duyckinck requested that Bryant assemble a small book of his poems
to begin a series with the general title "The Home Library." This is "Poetical
Series-No. 1." f Editor's note: "During the stay of Long's Expedition at
Engineer Cantonment, three specimens of a variety of the common deer were
brought in, having all the feet white near the hoofs, and extending to those on
the hind feet from a little above the spurious hoofs. Godman's .Natural His-
tory, Vol. II, p. 314." The variant issue is a presentation copy from
Frances Fairchild (Mrs. W. C.) Bryant to Mrs. M. F. Hodgson.

WCB 86 "The Battle-Field," in Voices of the True-Hearted. JVNo. 1.
Philadelphia, 1844.
Original printed tan wrappers. Reprint. Voices of the True-Hearted appeared in
18 numbers and in 1846 the series was collected (see BAL 1:372).

WCB 87 Circular. New York, 1845.
BAL 1627, only copy located. Bryant as president of the American Art-Union
explains its purpose and activities and solicits new members. He lists officers
and honorary secretaries, and engravings distributed to members. If PDH:
"This circular is not in the Chamberlain or Wakeman collections and is
unknown to Johnson. It was the gift of Mr. George T. Goodspeed."

WCB 88 The Berkshire Jubilee, Celebrated at Pittsfield, Mass.
Albany, 1845.
BAL 1628, listing only a wrappered issue and questioning whether there was a
cloth issue; this copy in brown cloth. Another copy in original green printed
wrappers. The Jubilee was celebrated August 22-23, 1844. Bryant was one of


a committee of five "raised to superintend and publish a Book containing the
proceedings of this Jubilee." His poem "An Indian at the Burial-Place of His
Fathers" appears on pp. 203-206, untitled and without stanzas 10, 12, and 13.

WCB 89 American Art-Union. Transactionsfor 1845.
New York [1846]
BAL 1629. Original printed wrappers. Bryant's remarks are on pp. [3]-5.

WCB 90 William S. Russell. Guide to Plymouth, and Recollections
of the Pilgrims. Boston, 1846.
BAL 1:372; Sturges p. Ixx. Brown T cloth. Bryant's "Hymn" is in "Airs of
the Pilgrims," p. 50. This hymn ("Wild was the day; the wintry sea") is
titled "The Twenty-second of December" in collections after 1832. Sturges
says the poem was "written for the New England Dinner in New York, and
published in The Talisman, 1829," but it is not in any of the three volumes of
The Talisman.

WCB 91 Voices of the True-Hearted. Philadelphia, 1846.
BAL 1:372. Parts 1-18, bound with general title and cumulative index. Light
green A cloth. Reprints "To the Evening Wind," p. [256], "To a Water-
fowl," p. 270.

WCB 92 J. Wesley Hanson. The Ladies' Casket.
Lowell, Boston, 1846.

Red cloth. Reprints "March," pp. 9-10; part of the first stanza of "The Death
of the Flowers," p. 82. f Pencil signature "Fred Hutchinson."

WCB 93 Poems. Philadelphia, 1847.
B AL 1633; Sturges pp. lxxxviii-lxxxix. Red cloth. Rufus Griswold persuaded
Bryant to leave Harper & Brothers for Carey & Hart for this edition. While
the book was being prepared, Bryant objected to Emanuel Leutze's illustra-
tions, particularly that of the "Greek Boy." He expressed his dissatisfaction
to Richard Dana: "I grow fastidious in regard to illustrations; there is scarcely


Oelication of the eturrb of the Sabiour,

BDMSTI., 3! NaME3)A, HYPM B aIBR IaD, 31859.







I:Y wll.u \r 1;;Y r.

Ancient of ])h;y-n ,irt thIu i.gn
Upon our Tfi 2-1,l ru- t,, hmie,'
'iThe workmian'- hand ha, til.il in ;in.
To lhw tlii ro-k. ;anid ar the pile.

O, let thy n.eaul. tIhI place 111-that taim
The wa.n ward ihart. ilnhabtit lhern ;
That quenc'hi pIm-ion's- licnCe-t tlanns.
And tthaws the deadly f'rot of t'fer.

And send thy lover: the love that bears
Meekly with hatr, and scorn, and Iwrong ;
And loids itself with generous cares
And toils, and hope,; and watchers long.

Here may bold ton.rues tihy truth proclaim.
nminingled with thl drcamt uof Ien.
As lrom Hils holy lip-s it ncame,
Who died for us, andI r-e i again.


F1r the di,.linui f tIl ChIwhl h of the Satoulr,

0 Saviour whose inmmortal Word
'For ever lasts the une,
ThIv ,race within the walls afford,
lere buliliedl to thy name.

NXo other Ilaone is named below,
No other -ign unfirled,
To lcad onlu hope, or quell our woe,
Or san'til'y the world.

IHcrc. nlllny-tiguld, thy truth be found,
And mnind and heart employ;
Thi .1aw In.od lromiie pour around
Their terror and their joy.

Ilern m;a tiy l siuts new progress make;
Thy lMitering ones be sped
And here thy mliourners comfort take,
And heri thy poor be fld.

M.,y G-I, thl God, his Spirit send;
Their Word is lse Inilest:-
And till this plaive from end to end,
O ;aik of strength and rest


1Froi all that dw-ll below the skies."


luring the -inling on Ih 1 h1ln-, 1 th wlhl.. c,,ngr,. In arlli :Irelu' s d Ito Ii- : and all who .an pa1tIll cillatl. arC illittd
I., iu iU the io-hito .

PLATE III: "Ancient of Days!" (wcB 96)

A' -~.~;Zt;~~




B.1 IEID--


Of the Incorporation of BRIDGEWATER, Mass,,
At West Bridgewater, June 3d, 1856.

i. INVOC ATION-Bv Po-. Jonas Perkins, of Braintree.

2. HYIMN-- B W hlliam C. Bryant, Esq., of New York.
TL f-.-Auld Lang Syne.
'wo hundred times has Jan- rer.. ~e And led them tow'rds the setting sun
Her roses, since t,. .1 Beyond the reach of wrong.
Vhen here, amid tl.. I r, w.,,l. For them he made that desert place
Our fathers met t,:. pr.y. A pleasant heritage;
side this gentle stream. thant traBi .1 The cradle of a free-born race,
Through pathless deserts then. From peaceful age to age.
he1mlm hereoi women prayed. The plant they set, a little vine,
- igaeA den.d V-. ... itretu uua u ....--- --
ma 0n the ancient silence broke To distant hills and streams that shine
ro hearts that faltered not, Beneath the evening star.
Lad ndisembling lips that spoke Ours are their fields, these fields that smile
. T free and guileless thought. With summer's early flowers ;-
'hey payed, and thanked the Mhlrthy ('no Oh let their fearless scorn of guile
Who made their hearts so strong. And love of truth be ours.

3. PRAYER-By Rev. P'aul Couch, of North Bridgewater.

4. ADDRESS-By ll.on. Emory Washburn, of Worcester.
5. MUSIC-- By the Band.

6. POEM-By Mr. ,Janes Reed, of Boston.

7. HYIMN-By Rev. Daniel r untington, of New London.
TUINE--Old Hundred.
L fathers, hear the song Rich is the heritage we claim,
el so united raise, Whom Thou hast made their favor'd heirs;-
-a m d their hallow'd graves we thrung, Their cherished Faith,-their honest Fame,-
asupeak r brother days .- .. L ,- tCansooael, and thi. Pyu,
S ioU Sata PtlBiand peril, when. They left us Freedom-Honor-Truth:
I M lthA a l tha t eonques'd fear, 0 may these rich bequests descend
They bought the i of savage men. From sire to son,-from age to youth,-
htd ear'd their hmes and altars here. And bless our land 'till Time shall end !
ih T eeo their daB@ vows were paid So, as successive Centuries roll,-
To Thea their thea and lives were given. When we shall long have passed away,-
Ad by Thy guidane and Thine aid, Here may our sons, with heart and soul,
They tod their pilgrim-path to Heaen. Still hail BRIDGEWATER'S Natal Day !

8. BENEDICTION-By Rev. Baalis Sanford, of East Bridgewater.

4'lt W 't" I- .

PLATE IV: "Two Hundred Times Has June Renewed" (wcs 114)


one in a score, in the books of poetry that I take up which does not displease
me. I have seen eight of those intended for my book and with one or two
exceptions cannot say I take much delight in them. ... I think well enough of
the talents of Leutze who makes the designs, but what can be expected of an
artist who works to order in that way? What sort of verses should I make if I
were to sit down to put his pictures into verse? Worse than I make now I
fear" (Letters, II, 473). S Ink inscription, "Theodore Sedgwick Esq. with
the Author's regards January 1st. 1848." Below this, ink signature, "Sara
Norton 1920."

WCB 94 Transactions of the American Art-Union for the Tear 1846.
New York, 1847.
BAL 1634. Printed wrappers. Proceedings of the annual meeting on December
18, 1846, a list of engravings distributed by the Art-Union, and a list of
members. Bryant's comments on the previous year are on pp. [5]-7. His
letter declining nomination for another term as president is on p. 24.

WCB 95 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. The Estray: A Collec-
tion of Poems. Boston, 1847.
BAL 1:372. Yellow boards. Reprints "The Future Life," pp. 114-116. See
HWL 110.

W CB 96 Order ofServices at the Dedication of the Church of the Saviour.
Boston, 1847.
BAL 1635, PDH only; Sturges p. cxv. Single sheet, printed on both sides.
Bryant's hymn "Ancient ofDays! except Thou deign" is on the recto. Sf Under
Section "VII. Sermon, by the Pastor," is written in ink, "Mr. Waterston."
Under Section "IX. Benediction" is "Dr. Pierce of Brookline." PDH: "I
have never heard of another copy. Not in the Wakeman or Chamberlain col-
lections." Sturges records this hymn in the printed volume of Waterston's
sermon, The True Position of the Church in Relation to the Age, Boston, 1847.
5 R. C. Waterston, a Unitarian minister, was a long-time friend of Bryant.
In 1858, when his wife lay ill in Naples, Bryant, who had never officially
joined a church, asked Waterston to baptize him into the Unitarian Church.
Waterston tells this in his Tribute to William Cullen Bryant. See Plate III.


WCB 97 Caroline M. Kirkland, ed. "Borne's Letters," in The Union
Magazine of Literature and Art ... January, 1848.
New York, 1848.
Black half-leather. A review of Letters from Paris by Ludwig Borne, pp. 40-
42. Bryant states, "I delight in these letters, because they treat of political,
moral, and literary subjects, in a manner which blends the poetic and the
logical element, and because in the midst of their playfulness there is ever
an earnest purpose (p. 40)."

WCB 97a John Jay and William Cullen Bryant. International Copy-
right. Memorials. [Washington, D.C., 1848]
BAL 1637. Caption title (30th Congress, 1st Session. [Ho. of Reps.] Mis-
cellaneous, No. 76), disbound. Appendices list American publishers, printers,
and booksellers-including S. B. Ives of Salem-and American books pub-
lished in Great Britain, including Bryant's Poems, 8vo, Smith, and 18mo,
Clark. Gift of the Howe Society.

W CB 98 A Funeral Oration, Occasioned by the Death of Thomas Cole,
Delivered Before the National Academy of Design, New
Tork, May 4, 1848. New York, 1848.
BAL 1638; Sturges xciii. Original wrappers. Bryant's close friendship with
Thomas Cole dated from his early days in New York. Responding to Dana's
comment that some of the language in the oration seemed excessive, Bryant
replied, "It was written in very sincere and deep grief for his loss. I did not
stop to measure my phrases (Brown, p. 339)." Jonathan Sturges commis-
sioned A. B. Durand to paint a picture, as he stated in a letter to Bryant,
". .. in which he should associate our departed friend and yourself as kindred
spirits. I think the design, as well as the execution, will meet your approba-
tion, and I hope that you will accept the picture from me as a token of gratitude
for the labor of love performed on that occasion (Godwin, II, 37n.)." f Book
label of Stephen H. Wakeman.

W CB 99 Letters of a Traveller; or, Notes of Things Seen in Europe
and America. New York, London, 1850.
BAL 1642; Sturges xviii. Binding stamped as BAL'S A, but cloth as B; cata-


logue inserted after text. Letters written for publication in the Evening Post.
Bryant described the book to his brother Cyrus (April 22, 1850): "It will
contain such letters as I wrote last summer,-there were four of them in all-
for the Evening Post. I am mistaken-one of them, a merely political letter
is omitted.-It will contain besides, those from Cuba, those from Florida
and the other parts of the South; a dozen or thereabouts from the west, and
those written and published during my other two visits to Europe, together
with a few which have not before been printed. I expect it will be out in a day
or two" (Letters, III, 126). T[ On July 4, 1850, Bryant wrote Richard Dana:
"You are the instigator of its publication, and if it be a bad book must bear
your share of the blame. ... It is a tolerably good book in the bookseller's
sense of the phrase, for it sells pretty well. The periodical press has been
civil to it, and Raymond of the Courier had the magnanimity to set the ex-
ample of commending the style" (Letters, III, 131). I A Howe copy of the
"Second Edition" is inscribed in ink, "To Mrs. Gibson with the regards of
Wm C. Bryant. June 1850," so the book had gone into a second printing a
month before Bryant wrote to Dana. Book labels of John Stuart Groves and
Stephen H. Wakeman.

WCB 100 Rufus Wilmot Griswold, ed. The Poets and Poetry of
America. Philadelphia, 1850.
Brown T cloth. Introductory essay on Bryant and reprints of twenty-six
poems, pp. 157-171. For this edition Griswold wrote a new essay and revised
his selection of poems, omitting "Autumn Woods" and adding "The Antiq-
uity of Freedom," "The Return of Youth," "Oh Mother of a Mighty Race,"
"The Future Life," "To the Fringed Gentian," "0, Fairest of the Rural
Maids," and "The Maiden's Sorrow." J[ This copy contains many clippings
from newspapers and journals, including a notice of a German edition of
Bryant's poems, a printing of "Hymn to the North Star," with note "From
the Friend," "The Snow Shower" (from "Knickerbocker Gallery"), "A Day
Dream," and "Robert of Lincoln" (from Putnam's Magazine, June). fI Book-
plate of Justin Winsor. Pencilled signature, "J. Winsor 1851." On back end-
papers are pencilled notes on the contents.

WCB 101 Chetwood Evelyn, Esq. [Robert S. Pell]. The Companion.
After-Dinner Table-Talk. New York, 1850.
Blue cloth. A comment by Bryant on Mrs. Barbauld, pp. 170-171. "W.C.
Bryant" in pencil on preliminary leaf.


WCB 102 "Lines," in The Knickerbocker, or Jew-Tork Monthly
Magazine. New York, May, 1852.
Sturges p. lxxiii. Bound volume. Bryant's poem, later called by its first line,
"The May Sun Sheds an Amber Light," appears on p. 447. 5 The poem is
Bryant's memorial to his mother, who died May 6, 1848.

WCB 103 Memorial of James Fenimore Cooper. New York, 1852.
BAL 1650; Sturges p. xcviii. Black T cloth. Discourse by Bryant on pp. 39-74
and letter on p. 8. Bryant is listed on p. [7] as a member of the committee "to
make the necessary arrangements for a suitable demonstration of respect for
Mr. Cooper's memory." On p. 105 Bryant is listed again as a member of the
"Cooper Monument Association," to collect money for a statue in one of New
York's public squares. S Bookplate of Oliver Henry Perkins.

WCB 104 Caroline M. Kirkland, ed. Garden Walks with the Poets.
New York, 1852.

BAL 1:373. Lavender cloth. Reprints "March," pp. 24-25, "The Yellow Vio-
let," pp. 59-60, "Innocent Child and Snow-white Flower," p. 83, "October,"
p. 257, "November," p. 270, "To the Fringed Gentian," pp. 274-275.

WCB 105 H. C. Foster, ed. An Excursion Among the Poets.
Richmond, 1853.

Red BD-like cloth. Reprints "The Return of Youth," pp. 167-168, and "The
Future Life," pp. 341-342. f Bookplate, "H. Scofield, Home Library. No.
7060." Below this, in pencil, "David Creamer, Oct. '73."

WCB 106 Anne W. Abbot, ed. Autumn Leaves. Original Pieces in
Prose and Verse. Cambridge, 1853.
Not in BAL under Bryant. Red T cloth. PDH: "This copy belonged to Edwin
Hale Abbot ... the husband of Anne W. Abbott who was editor and signed
the 'Note' on p. iii. Initials indicating the authorship of each piece appear in
the Table of Contents. The initials W.C.B. are placed after the first piece
appearing on pp. 1-10 indicating that the prose piece 'Christmas Revived' was


by Bryant. This is its only appearance." f Ink signature, "Edwin Hale Ab-
bot. Cambridge. 1853."

WCB 107 "The Conqueror's Grave," in Putnam's Monthly.
New York, January, 1854.
Sturges p. Ixxiii. Wanting wrappers. First printing, pp. 94-95. The first of
Bryant's poems to appear in Putnam's. Alfred P. Putnam included this poem
in his collection Singers and Songs of the Liberal Faith, though he excluded
"Thanatopsis," which was less orthodox in its statement of religious belief.

WCB 108 Semi-Centennial Celebration. Fiftieth Anniversary of the
Founding of the 'New York Historical Society. Monday,
November 20, 1854. New York, 1854.
BAL 1655. Printed wrappers. On pp. 69-70 Bryant responded to the eleventh
regular toast, "A well-conducted Press: the efficient agent of civilization."
The oration was by George Bancroft.

WCB 109 "A Rain Dream," in The Crayon: A Journal Devoted to
the Graphic Arts, and the Literature Related to Them.
New York, January 10, 1855.
Sturges p. lxxiii. Vol. I, January-June 1855, green TZ-like cloth. Bryant's
poem, on p. 25 of number 2, was reprinted in Poems (1858). It was solicited
for the first number of The Crayon by William James Stillman, the editor, who
titled the poem. But Stillman had room for only Lowell's poem in the first
number, hence Bryant's appeared in the second.

WCB 110 Poems. 2 vols. New York, London, 1855.
BAL 1656. Brown cloth. First collected printing, in Vol. II, of nine poems.

WCB 110a Poems. New York, London, 1855.
See BAL 1656, where this copy is described. Brown cloth. If The unillus-
trated, "mystery" printing, possibly prepared for the English market, in-
scribed, "To Wm. Sherwood Esq. with the kindest regards of F. F. Bryant


[Mrs. W.C.] Roslyn May 14th-1855." f Large armorial bookplate of
Edward Francis Searles with pressmark 993.

WCB 111 "Robert of Lincoln," in Putnam's Monthly.
New York, June, 1855.
Sturges p. lxxiii. Wanting wrappers. First printing, pp. 576-577. Sturges
states that the poem was written at Roslyn, Bryant's country home, which
increasingly became a refuge for Bryant from the problems and distractions of
life in New York. Robert of Lincoln, or the Bob-o-Link, was one of Bryant's
favorite birds.

WCB 112 The Knickerbocker Gallery: A Testimonial to the Editor of
the Knickerbocker Magazine from Its Contributors.
New York, 1855.
B AL 1657; Sturges p. cxvi. Brown morocco. First prints "The Snow Shower,"
pp. [81]-82. An engraved portrait of Bryant is at p. [8 1]. PDH: ". written
especially for this book." f Bookplate of Carroll Atwood Wilson.

WCB 113 John Bartlett, comp. A Collection of Familiar Quotations,
with Complete Indices of Authors and Subjects.
Cambridge, 1855.
Blue TR cloth. Short quotations, pp. 234-235, from "Thanatopsis," "March,"
"Autumn Woods," "Forest Hymn," "The Death of the Flowers," "The

WCB 114 Celebration of the Second Centennial Anniversary of the In-
corporation of Bridgewater, Mass. at West Bridgewater,
June 3d, 1856. Order of Exercises.
West Bridgewater, 1856.
BAL 1659, only copy located. Single leaf. Bryant's hymn, "Two hundred times
has June renewed," the second item in the order of exercises, was sung to the
tune of "Auld Lang Syne." Later the hymn was titled "In Memoriam." [
PDH: "No copies in the Chamberlain or Wakeman Collection, and I have
never heard of another copy." See Plate IV.


WCB 115 "The Wind and the Stream," in The Atlantic Monthly.
Boston, December, 1857.

Not in Sturges, but see p. xc. Original wrappers. First printing, p. 148,
unsigned. Reprinted in Thirty Poems (1864), with some alterations. I Sig-
nature, "Wm O. Comstock."

WCB 116 Richard Storrs Willis, comp. Memorial of Jessie Willis:
Prepared for Her Little Daughters, Annie, Blanche and
Jessie, By their Father. New York, 1858.
Sturges p. cxvi. Brown T cloth. Published "For Private Circulation." Richard
Storrs Willis was editor of The Musical World. A letter dated October 11,
1858, from Bryant to Willis appears on pp. 14-15. Bryant wrote earlier from
Rome, May 21, 1858, expressing the Bryants' sympathy in more personal
terms than here.

WCB 117 Twelfth-Night at the Century Club. [New York] 1859.
BAL 1664. Original chocolate wrappers. Records festivities at the Century
Club, an annual event since 1856. Prints, pp. 11-13, Bryant's response to a

WCB 118 Letters of a Traveller. Second Series. New York, 1859.
BAL 1665, state 1, binding A; Sturges p. xciv. Red-brown cloth. Another
copy, state 1, binding B, purple-brown cloth. The letters were written origi-
nally for the Evening Post. The alternate title of the book is Letters from Spain
and Other Countries; Letters from Spain appears on the spine. Pencil in-
scription in first copy, "Cathne D'A. Cheney from her husband July 22d
1859." Ink inscription in second copy, "To Mrs. Teresa L. Robinson with the
kind regards of William Cullen Bryant. April 20th 1859." Bookplate of John
A. Spoor.

WCB 119 Gifts of Genius: A Miscellany of Prose and Poetry, by
American Authors. New York [1859]
BAL 1666; Sturges p. cxvi. Gray boards. "To the Public," pp. vii-viii; a
translation from the Portuguese, "Bocage's Penitential Sonnet," p. 264.


WCB 120 Celebration of the Two Hundredth Anniversary of the Settle-
ment of Hadley, Massachusetts, at Hadley, June 8, 1859.
Northampton, 1859.
BAL 1:374. Original green printed wrappers. Reprints, pp. 70-71, the ode
first printed for the second centennial anniversary celebration of Bridgewater,
1856. "By permission" printed after the ode. [ "C.B. Johnson" pencilled on
front cover.

W CB 121 Joseph Cunningham, ed. The Centennial Birth-day of Robert
Burns. New York, 1860.
BAL 1667; Sturges p. xcix. Brown BD cloth. "Mr. Bryant's Speech," pp. 53-
57. One of Bryant's functions as honorary chairman was to propose a series of
toasts that were then responded to by various members. f Book label of
Stephen H. Wakeman.

W CB 122 A Discourse on the Life, Character and Genius of Washington
Irving. New York, 1860.
BAL 1668. Small paper edition. Green cloth. Godwin described the circum-
stances surrounding this discourse: ". when Irving died, in November,
1859, the eyes of the public instinctively turned to [Bryant] as the proper
person to pronounce the words of final eulogy. He was invited to do so by the
New-York Historical Society, and though not at first inclined to it, because of
his many other occupations, he at length consented It was, in fact, the
most successful of his addresses of the kind, partly owing to the universal
esteem in which Irving was held, and partly to the tenderness and sweetness
with which it set forth the amiable features of his character" (Godwin, II,
130). f Ink signature, "W.B. Vincent."

WCB 123 A Forest Hymn. New York, 1860.
B AL 1669; Sturges p. xciv. Black leather. Deluxe reprint of a poem which first
appeared in 1825. PDH: "This is a first edition, first issue, with'C.A. Alvord,
Printer, New York' on verso of title page. The second state has 'Printed by
Alvord."' BAL states that "This book went into several printings, the se-
quence has not been satisfactorily determined," and then, with question marks,
reverses the order chosen by PDH. The book is lavishly illustrated by John A.


Hows (Sturges misreads the calligraphic lettering as "Nums"). A re-
viewer in the December, 1860, issue of the Atlantic, p. 767, identified by PDH
as James Russell Lowell, says, "The volume, we think, marks the highest
point that native Art has reached in this direction, and may challenge com-
parison with that of any other country." f Ink signature, "Corrie Andrews."

WCB 124 Chimes of Freedom and Union. A Collection of Poems for the
Times. Boston, 1861.
BAL 1672. Printed pink wrappers. Another copy in blue wrappers. Prints, pp.
35-37, "The Star-Spangled Banner." The poem is in anapestic tetrameter
quatrains, a form unusual for Bryant. Also prints Francis Scott Key's "Star-
Spangled Banner," with an additional stanza by Oliver Wendell Holmes. S[
Pencil signature, "Chauncy W. Chamberlain," on verso of pink wrapper.

WCB 125 War Songs of the American Union. Boston, 1861.
Printed wrappers. Reprints, pp. 54-55, "The Star-Spangled Banner," omit-
ting stanzas 3 and 4. The index attributes the poem to Joseph Rodman Drake,
whose "The American Flag" is printed on pp. 62-63.

WCB 126 Only Once. Original Papers, by Various Contributors. Pub-
lished for the Benefit of the NJew York Infirmary for Women
and Children, N'o. 126 Second Avenue.
[New York] 1862.
BAL 1673; Sturges p. cxvii. Printed wrappers. First prints "The Better Age,"
p. 5.

WCB 127 Songs of the War. Part I. Albany, 1863.
BAL 1678. Printed wrappers. First book printing of "Our Country's Call,"
pp. 12-13. Sturges states that it was first printed in the N'ew York Ledger,
November 1861. S Bookplate of Carroll Atwood Wilson.


WCB 128 J. Henry Hayward, comp. Poetical Pen-Pictures of the
War: Selected from Our Union Poets.
New York, 1863.

BAL 1682. Lavender A cloth. Reprints "Not Yet," with subtitle "Destruction
of the Gosport Navy Yard, April 20th, '61," pp. 42-43; excerpt from "Fifty
Years," subtitled "At the Great Union League Meeting, N.Y. March 14th,
'61," p. 381. In the Roslyn edition "Fifty Years" is included among the "Un-
published or Uncollected Poems." f Bookplate of Carroll Atwood Wilson;
pencil signatures, "J.F. Miller" and "J.M. Ashby."

WCB 129 "The Planting of the Apple-Tree," in The Atlantic
Monthly. Boston, January, 1864.
Sturges p. lxxiii. Original wrappers. First periodical printing, pp. 17-18. In
Thirty Poems, 1864, Bryant made major revisions in stanzas 4, 5, and 6; later
printings are as the revision. This begins a series of January appearances in
the Atlantic which continued until January, 1870. Si In a letter to James T.
Fields, November 14, 1863, Bryant wrote that the publishers of Thirty Poems,
"were bent upon bringing out the book before the holidays. It then occurred
to me ... that my poem on the 'Planting['] &c could hardly be said to appear
first in the Atlantic Monthly" (Letters, IV, 333-334). BAL states that a copy
of binding A of Thirty Poems was deposited for copyright, December 19, 1863,
and two copies of binding B "have been noted with December, 1863, presen-
tation inscriptions." f In ink, on front wrapper, "Etta."

WCB 130 Thirty Poems. New York, London, 1864.
BAL 1683; Sturges pp. xc-xci. Brown T cloth. PDH: "First edition, first issue,
with the mis-spelling veielo instead of vuielo on p. 213, 5th line from bottom."
This error is corrected in the second state. Attached to free front endpaper is a
program for the Bryant memorial meeting at the Century Club, November 12,
1878, WCB 219a (q.v.). Ink signature on title, "T.B. Aldrich. 1864."
In same hand, "[First Edition]."

WCB 131 Thirty Poems. New York, London, 1864.
BAL 1683; Sturges pp. xc-xci. Brown T cloth. PDH: "This is the second issue
of the first edition." Printing error on p. [213] corrected. f Ink signature,
"William Cullen Bryant.-March 1864-."


WCB 132 Soldiers' and Sailors' Patriotic Songs.
New York, 1864.
BAL 1:375. Printed wrappers. Reprints "Our Country's Call," p. [1]-2; "Not
Yet," p. 3.

WCB 133 John Pendleton Kennedy, ed. Autograph Leaves of Our
Country's Authors. Baltimore, 1864.
BAL 1:375. Purple cloth. Co-editor, Alexander Bliss. Facsimile of an autograph
of "The Snow Shower," pp. 43-46. f Bookplate of Stephen H. Wakeman.

WCB 134 "The Return of the Birds," in The Atlantic Monthly.
Boston, July, 1864.
Sturges p. lxxv. Original wrappers. First printing, pp. 37-39. Included in the
1871 Poems, but neither in Thirty Poems (1864) nor the 1869 edition. Sturges
says the poem was written at Roslyn in March, 1864. f On front wrapper,
in pencil, "Miss Hunt."

WCB 135 Hymns. [N.p. 1864]
BAL 1686, binding A; Sturges pp. xciv-xcv. First edition, with "Hymn IX"
listed as "I Will Send Them Prophets and Apostles." Contains 19 hymns by
Bryant; all are included in Godwin's Poems of William Cullen Bryant. f On
the origins of the hymns, Sturges quotes a letter Bryant sent to the Rev.
A. P. Putnam, 15 November 1873: "No. 1 and 2. Composed for some Ordina-
tion. Nos. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. Composed for collection made by Henry D. Sewall.
No. 9. Ordination in England. No. 10. After a lapse of thirty years, for Mr.
Waterston, Boston. No. 11. For dedication of the Church of the Pilgrims. No.
12. Composed for anniversary of Foreign Missionary Society. No. 13. Writ-
ten for Mr. Lombard, of Utica, included in a collection at the end of a School
Liturgy, compiled in 1859. No. 14. Written at Dr. Osgood's suggestion in
1861-'62, and included by him in his Liturgy. The remaining five, written to
complete collection" (Sturges p. xcv). Though Sturges lists six hymns for
Sewall's collection, BAL lists only five: Nos. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. The differences in
the texts of the five hymns in Sewall's collection (WCB 6) and here are some-
times so extensive the two versions are hardly recognizable as the same hymn.
Sf On recto of front flyleaf, in ink, "Charles Butler Esq. with the kind regards


of William Cullen Bryant. November 1 th. 1864." On title page under au-
thor's name, in ink, in what PDH states is Bryant's hand, "New York 1864-."

WCB 136 Frank Moore, ed. Lyrics of Loyalty.
New York, 1864.
BAL 1:375. Ivory boards. Reprints "Our Country's Call," pp. 1-3; "Not
Yet," pp. 165-166. In his "Note" preceding the text, the editor states that
"the purpose of this collection is to preserve some of the best specimens of
the Lyrical Writings which the present Rebellion has called forth."

WCB 137 "My Autumn Walk," in The Atlantic Monthly.
Boston, January, 1865.

Sturges p. lxxv. Original wrappers. First printing, pp. 20-21. Bryant foot-
notes "mock-grape": "Ampelopsis, mock-grape. I have here literally trans-
lated the botanical name of the Virginia creeper,-an appellation too cumbrous
for verse." The context in which he uses "mock-grape"-"Again I turn to the
woodlands, / And shudder as I see / The mock-grape's blood-red banner /
Hung out on the cedar-tree; / And I think of days of slaughter, / And the
night-sky red with flames, / On the Chattahoochee's meadows, / And the
wasted banks of the James"-may have made "Virginia creeper" politically

WCB 138 The Bryant Festival at "The Century."
New York, 1865.

BAL 1692; Sturges p. xcix. Large paper edition, illustrated. Boards, roan
back. No. 59 of 150 copies. "Mr. Bryant's Reply to Mr. Bancroft," pp. 9-13;
remarks on p. 42. The festival celebrated Bryant's 70th birthday, with tributes
in prose and poetry, and a portfolio of sketches. Signatures of "William Cullen
Bryant March 2d 1865," "Bayard Taylor, March 6, 1866," "Geo. H. Boker,
April 1st 1866," "D. Huntington, March 3, 1866," "Yours truly, Fitzgreene
Halleck," "R.H. Stoddard, March 14th, 1866," "Henry T. Tuckerman, March
23d, 1866," "T. Buchanan Read," "Richard H. Dana, Jr., Florence, 1 Dec
1880." The frontispiece is a photograph of the Century Association clubhouse.
f On front pastedown, in ink, "Lancillotto h Flossy. Per aspera ad astra." On
free front endpaper, "Launt Thompson with the kind regards of C.H. Luding-
ton, Feby 1866."


WCB 139 Poetical Tributes to the Memory of Abraham Lincoln.
Philadelphia, 1865.
BAL 1694; Sturges p. cxviii. Brown C cloth. First book printing of the hymn,
"0, slow to smite and swift to spare," p. 13. During the war Bryant had
criticized Lincoln for being slow to act. Here his characterization of that slow-
ness as a virtue indicates how his opinion of Lincoln had changed. The opening
strikingly reflects a line in Bryant's hymn "The Loving-kindness of Our
God," written thirty years before, in which he spoke of God as "Slow to
avenge and kind to spare."

WCB 140 The Lincoln Memorial. New York, Chicago, 1865.
BAL 1694; Sturges p. cxviii. Green C cloth. Prints "Ode for the Funeral of
Abraham Lincoln," p. 205; three verses of a hymn ("Oh, North, with all thy
vales of green!"), pp. 205-206. Both were read at the Union Square services,
April 25, 1865. fI In upper right corner of free front endpaper, in pencil,
"P.D. Howe"; below in pencil, "Mrs. E.B. Sackett, Rockford Ill. 1869."

WCB 141 NVational Celebration of Union Victories. Grand Military
and Civic Procession. Mass Meeting at Union Square, JNew-
Tork, March 6th, 1865. New York, 1865.
72 pp. Beige printed wrappers. Prints, p. 64, a letter from Bryant to Moses
Taylor, chairman, thanking the committee for its invitation to join the cele-
bration and stating that he would "join in the general expression of gratitude
and admiration to our heroic countrymen."

WCB 142 Important Announcement! Lossing's Pictorial History
of the Great Civil War. [Philadelphia, 1865]
16 pp. Prospectus for Childs's publication. Prints, p. 11, an endorsement from

WCB 143 Voices of Nature. New York, 1865.
B AL 1698. Blue printed wrappers. In series, Companion Poets for the People. On
copyright page: "These selections from the Poems of Mr. Bryant are made by


the publishers to supply a popular demand for the rural poems in a single
inexpensive volume."

WCB 144 "The Parting of Hector and Andromache," in The Atlantic
Monthly. Boston, December, 1865.
Original wrappers. First prints Bryant's translation of a passage from Book
Six of the Iliad, pp. 657-659. The same passage in Bryant's Iliad of 1870 has
numerous revisions, notably a line ("Upon her bosom,-Hector's only son")
inserted between lines 13 and 14 as printed here.

WCB 145 "Castles in the Air," in The Atlantic Monthly.
Boston, January, 1866.
Sturges p. lxxv. Original wrappers. f First printing, pp. 11-13. Blank verse,
subtitled "From an Unpublished Poem." An allegory of the poetic imagina-
tion. Not reprinted in Bryant's lifetime.

WCB 146 "The Death of Slavery," in The .New York Evening Post.
New York, June 18, 1866.
Second [?] printing, first state, first [? issue, col. 2, p. 4, "[From the
Atlantic Monthly for July.]" f Bryant was publisher of the Evening Post,
which had consistently opposed slavery. In WCB MS 8, Bryant requests from
Henry Dithmar, shop foreman of the Post, an offprint of the poem with textual
changes in stanzas 1, 4, and 6. WCB 148 is apparently that offprint: the
setting is that of the Post printing, but with the changes requested. WCB 147,
the Atlantic for July, prints the same text as the Post, but whether the
magazine or the newspaper was the first to be issued, is moot.

WCB 147 "The Death of Slavery," in The Atlantic Monthly.
Boston, July, 1866.
Sturges p. lxxv. Original wrappers. First [?] printing, first state, second [?
issue. Pp. 120-121. See WCB 146, 148, WCB MS 8. Sturges says this was
written at Roslyn in May, 1866; it celebrates the abolition of slavery.


WCB 148 The Death of Slavery. [New York, 1866]
Broadside, 29.4 x 12 cm. Third printing, second state, third issue. An offprint
from the June 18, 1866, number of the Evening Post, with the following
changes: stanza I, line 4, "look with stony eye" is "turn a stony gaze";
stanza 4, line 2, "wrath of God" is "wrath of heaven"; stanza 6, lines 1-2,
"Go then, accursed of God, and take thy place / With baleful memories" is
"Go now, accurst of God, and take thy place / With hateful memories."
Above the title is the statement "[From the Atlantic Monthly for July.]"
See WCB MS 8.

WCB 149 "The Contention Between Achilles and Agamemnon,"
in The Atlantic Monthly. Boston, January, 1867.
Original wrappers. First printing, pp. 92-99. The first 383 lines of Bryant's
translation. Reprinted in the Iliad (1870), with three minor revisions.

WCB 150 Oliver Wendell Holmes and Donald G. Mitchell, eds.
The Atlantic Almanac for 1868. Boston [1867]
BAL 1:376. Pictorial wrappers. Two copies. Prints "The Planting of the
Apple-Tree," p. 47.

WCB 151 "The Combat of Diomed and Mars," in The Atlantic
Monthly. Boston, January, 1868.
Original wrappers. First printing, pp. 47-49, lines 989-1131 of Bryant's
translation. In the 1870 Iliad Bryant archaized some words and reworked two
short passages.

W CB 152 Faith and Freedom in America. Sermon at the Consecration
of the Church of the Messiah, Park Avenue and Thirty-
Fourth Street, April 2, 1868. New York, 1868.
BAL 1:376. Printed wrappers. Reprints, p. 48, "0, Thou, whose own vast
temple stands."


WCB 153 "Dante," in The Atlantic Monthly.
Boston, January, 1869.

Sturges p. lxxv. Original wrappers. First printing, p. 81. Sturges erroneously
gives the date as January, 1866. f Bryant states that he wrote the poem for
the 600th anniversary of Dante's birth, May, 1865. He adds that "The allu-
sion in the last stanza of the lines here given will be readily understood to
refer to the history of our own country for the year 1865," a note not in later

WCB 154 A Description of the Dedication of the Monument Erected
at Guilford, Connecticut, in Honor of Fitz-Greene Halleck.
New York, 1869.
BAL 3:365. Yellow printed wrappers. Prints, pp. 7-8, a letter regretting his
invitation. 9f In ink, on front wrapper, "With Jas Grant Wilson's compli-
ments." Harvard College duplicate bookplate. Ink signature, "John Langdon
Sibley," Harvard librarian, and "Gore Hall [then Harvard's library], 1876."

WCB 155 Hymns. [N.p. 1869]
BAL 1706. Brown C cloth, quarter-leather slip case. Revised edition of the
1864 collection, with Hymn ix as "He Maketh the Wind His Messengers"
replacing "I Will Send Them Prophets and Apostles." Like this, the two
copies located by BAL have presentation inscriptions, perhaps more than a
coincidence. I On free front endpaper, in ink, "Miss Julia L. Olds, with the
affectionate regards of William Cullen Bryant-October 10, 1870." On title
page in same hand, in ink, "New York 1870."

WCB 156 Letters from the East. New York, 1869.
BAL 1707; Sturges p. xcv. Two copies. Copy 1: green C cloth; copy 2: purple
C cloth; both gilt. This book appeared first as letters in the Evening Post in
late 1852 and early 1853. PDH: "There was no copy of this in the Wakeman
collection and it is not described by Foley, Johnson, or Sturges. It seems
probable that a few copies were done in this manner for presentation pur-
poses." BAL locates the New York Public Library copy with gilt. T[ Copy 1:
in ink on front flyleaf, "John R. Thompson with the kind regards of William
Cullen Bryant.-December 1869." PDH: "The recipient was for some years

The Tides.
The moon is at her full, and, riding high,
Floods the calm fields with light.
The airsThat hover in the summer sk;
Are all asleep to-night.
There comes no voice from the great woodlands
*That murmured all the day;
Beneath the shadow of their boughs, the ground
Is not more still than they.
But ever heaves and moans the restless Deep;
His rising tides I hear,
Afar I see the glimmering billows leap;
I see them breaking near.
Each wave springs upward, climbing toward the fair
Pure lightlhat sits on high-
Springs eagerly, and faintly sinks to whore
The mother waters lie.
Upward again it swells; the moonbeams show,
Again, its glimmering crest;
Again it feels the fatal weight below,
And sinks, but not to rest.
Again aid yet again ; until the Deeu,
Recalls his brood of waves;
And, with a sullen moan, abashed, they crect
Back to his inner caves.
Jlrief respite! they shall rush from that recess
With noise and tumult soon,
And fling themselves, with unavailing stress,
Up toward the placid moon.
Oh, restless Hea, that in thy prison here
Dost st!uglle and complain;
Through the slow centuries yearning to be near
To that fair orb in vain.
'The (rious su of li acd he'must warm
\T hy pso with bis ow, mu/
Ad on se mou i g wave i nobler form

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In which they welter here,
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the editor of the Southern Literary Messenger and was well known on account
of his relationship with Poe." Bookplate of Francis A. Gaskill (by S. L.
Smith). Copy 2: PDH: "Inserted in this book is a calling card on which the
author has written his name."

WCB 157 Tenth Anniversary of the .Nameless.
[Buffalo, N.Y. 1869?]
Not in BAL, Sturges. Original blue wrappers, "Nameless" on front cover,
pages numbered 176 to 191. Proceedings for an entertainment at the residence
of John U. Wayland on Tuesday evening, October 27, 1868. Prints "Poem"
("Ten Nameless summers, now have fled") by "W. C. Bryant" on pp. 176-
182. PDH: The poem was "apparently not reprinted. The pamphlet could not
have been printed earlier than September 6th, 1869, as it appends an article
from the Buffalo Express of that date." According to Michael Winship, prob-
ably by William Clement Bryant of Buffalo.

WCB 158 F. E. Field. The Green-house as a Winter Garden, a Manual
for the Amateur. With a List of Suitable Plants and Their
Mode of Culture. New York, 1869.
BAL 1709. Blue-green C cloth. Prints Bryant's preface, pp. [7]-10. Ink sig-
nature, "John G. Barker 1871."

WCB 159 Benson J. Lossing. Kathrina; or, My Meditation Of Thee
Shall Be Sweet. Springfield, Mass. [1869]
Printed wrappers. Advertisement for an imaginary portrait of J. G. Holland's
heroine, printing a testimonial by Bryant.

WCB 160 Poems. 3 vols. New York, 1869-1867.
BAL 1842. Three volumes, uniform half calf. Reprint of 1855 Poems (BAL
1656), with reprint of Thirty Poems (B AL 1683), dated 1867, bound as Vol. III.

WCB 161 A Metropolitan Art-Museum in the City of NJew York.
New York, 1869.
BAL 1711. Pamphlet, original printed wrappers. Proceedings of a meeting on


23 November 1869, to promote "the foundation of a permanent national
gallery of art and museum of historical relics." Members of the Art Com-
mittee of the Union League Club worked to establish a national gallery;
Bryant's remarks are on pp. 8-12.

W CB 162 Some JNotices of the Life and Writings of Fitz-Greene Hal-
leck, Read before the NMew Tork Historical Society, on the
srd of February. [New York] 1869.
BAL 1713; Sturges pp. xcv-xcvi, printed wrappers. Bryant, one of Halleck's
oldest New York friends, confined his remarks to personal reminiscences.

WCB 163 "The Descent of Neptune to Aid the Greeks," in The
Atlantic Monthly. Boston, January, 1870.
Original wrappers. First prints Bryant's translation, subtitled "From the Thir-
teenth Book of the Iliad," p. 113. It is lines 12-46 from Bryant's complete
translation of the Iliad, 1870. Minor revisions of diction and syntax appear
in the 1870 edition. This concludes the series that began in January, 1864
(WCB 129). I On front wrapper, ink signature, "Benjn. G. Smith."

WCB 164 The Iliad of Homer. 2 vols. Boston, 1870.
BAL 1714; Sturges p. xcvi. Vol. I is BAL second printing. Green C cloth.
Passages from this translation had been appearing in the Atlantic since 1864.
Bryant translated about 40 lines a day, finding it less taxing than original
poetry. He aimed to put the poem into English that would appeal to a popular
audience, and he was disappointed when the publishers issued an expensive
edition that many of his intended audience could not afford. J Ink signature,
"M.T. Bigelow." PDH: "These books belonged to M. T. Bigelow of the
firm of Welch, Bigelow & Co., who printed this edition."

WCB 165 A Discourse on the Life, Character and Writings of Gulian
Crommelin Verplanck, Delivered Before the .New-Tork His-
torical Society, May 17th, 1870. New York, 1870.
BAL 1716; Sturges p. cii. Gray printed wrappers. Verplanck, one of Bryant's
oldest New York friends, reviewed the first edition (1821) of Bryant's poems,


and contributed to The Talisman. Later, political differences cooled their rela-

WCB 166 Proceedings in Reference to the Death of Hon. Edwin M.
Stanton, December 30th, 1869. [New York] 1870.
BAL 1718. Pale pink printed wrappers. At head of title: "The Union League
Club of New York." Resolutions by Bryant on pp. 4-5, address on pp. 6-9.
On p. 38 Bryant is listed among contributors to a fund "to be applied to the
use" of Stanton's survivors.

WCB 167 The Atlantic Almanac 1870. Boston [1870]
Sturges p. cxix. Pictorial wrappers. On pp. 53-56, "The Breaking of the
Truce. (From the Fourth Book of the Iliad)."

WCB 168 Julia Hatfield. The Bryant Homestead-Book by the Idle
Scholar. New York, 1870.
Phair A97. Green C-like cloth. Illustrations: "Latest Life-Portrait of Bryant
the Poet. Photograph. .. [by] Sarony"; caricature of Bryant by Nast
facing p. 208. Effusive praise of Bryant mixed with some biographical infor-
mation, description of the Bryant homestead at Cummington, and many re-
prints of, and extracts from, Bryant's poetry. On front flyleaf, ink inscription
in Bryant's hand, "Mr. Charles John Phinney. William Cullen Bryant. New
York, June 15, 1872." See Frontispiece.

WCB 169 Winter Poems by Favorite American Poets.
Boston, 1871.
BAL 1:377. Ochre FL cloth. Reprints "A Winter Piece," pp. [25]-32, "The
Snow-Shower," pp. [413-44.

WCB 170 The Song of the Sower. New York, 1871.
BAL 1720; Sturges p. xcvi. Brown publisher's morocco. Reprint from Thirty
Poems, first separate edition.


WCB 171 A Library of Poetry and Song Being Choice Selections from
the Best Poets. With an Introduction by William Cullen
Bryant. New York, 1871.
BAL 1722, state C, but without agents in imprint; Sturges p. cxx. Publisher's
morocco. Another copy, same state, in varying morocco, gift of the Howe
Society. With "Introduction," pp. xxiii-xxxi, and reprints of 22 poems. God-
win records examples of Bryant's advice as consulting editor (Godwin, Life,
II, 294-296). Bryant said the book "has passed entirely under my revision,
and, although not absolutely responsible for the compilation or its arrange-
ment, I have, as requested, exercised a free hand both in excluding and in
adding matter according to my judgment of what was best adapted to the
purposes of the enterprise [p. xxiii]." This "Introduction" was reprinted
with the title "Poets and Poetry of the English Language" in Godwin's
Prose of William Cullen Bryant, I, 147-160. On front flyleaf, in ink, "Etta
G. Wigglesworth with the love and best wishes of Oliver Wendell Holmes.
Christmas 1871." A later, "memorial," edition, copyrighted 1883, by Fords,
Howard & Hulbert, full black morocco, given by the Howe Society.

WCB 172 The Odyssey of Homer. 2 vols. Boston, 1871-1872.
BAL 1724; Sturges xcvi. Green C cloth. Bryant thought the Odyssey more
satisfactory than the Iliad as a story and as a moral statement, but he thought
it lacked the "vividness" and "fire" of the Iliad. He worked quickly, fearing
he might not live to complete the translation. If The Atlantic (May, 1872)
reviewer said, "The general characteristics of Mr. Bryant's Odyssey are those
which have rendered eminent his translation of the Iliad,-fidelity to the text;
genuine simplicity of thought and style; successful transfusion of the heroic
spirit; above all a purity of language which is, from first to last, a continual
refreshment to the healthy-minded reader." If Ink signature of M. T. Bige-
low, as in the Iliad (WCB 164).

WCB 173 Justin McCarthy. The Settlement of the Alabama Question.
The Banquet Given at New r ork to Her Brittanic Majesty's
High Commissioners by Mr. Cyrus Field. London, 1871.
BAL 1725; Sturges p. cii. Printed blue boards. The banquet was given by
Cyrus W. Field at Delmonico's on May 23, 1871. On pp. 62-66 Bryant re-
sponded to the toast "The Press of the United Kingdom and the United


States. May it always be free, enlightened, and pure!" He praised the treaty
settling the dispute and spoke for peaceful relations between the United
States and Britain. [ On flyleaf, in ink, "from the Library of Cyrus W.

WCB 174 Poems.

New York, 1871.

BAL 1726; Sturges p. xci. Orange-brown C cloth. Sturges: "This is known as
the 'Red-line' Edition, and has been frequently reprinted." f On flyleaf, in
ink, "Mch. 27th 1873 To Charles E. Stevens A birthday gift from your Sister

WCB 175

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. The Poets and Poetry
of Europe. With Introductions and Biographical Notices.
A JNew Edition, Revised and Enlarged.
Philadelphia, 1871.

BAL 12155 (Longfellow). Green cloth. Contains the following translations:
"The Siesta," from an anonymous Spanish source, p. 664; "The Life of the
Blessed," by Luis Ponce de Leon, p. 694; "Mary Magdalen," by Lupercio
Leonardo Argensola, p. 701; "Ode," by Estevan Manuel de Villegas, p. 706;
"The Rivulet," by Pedro de Castro y Anaya, p. 718; "Song," by Jose Iglesias
de la Casa, p. 722; "Sonnet," by Belchior Manoel Curvo Semmedo, p. 764. If
On front flyleaf, in ink, "Mr. Bigelow with best regards of Henry W. Long-
fellow. Nov. 28, 1870."

WCB 176

Fiftieth Anniversary Celebration of the Mercantile Library
Association of the City of JNew-York, at the Academy of
Music, Nov. 9th, 1870. And the Fifth Anniversary Cele-
bration of the Ex-Officers' Union, at Delmonico's, VNov.
10th, 1870. New York, 1871.

BAL 1728; Sturges p. cii. Gray printed wrappers. Bryant's address is on pp.
10-15. He praised the purpose and growth of the library, relating it to one of
his favorite themes, the rise and fall of civilizations.


WCB 177 The Unity of Italy. The American Celebration at the
Academy of Music, NVew York, Jan. 12, 1871, with the
Addresses, Letters, and Comments of the Press.
New York, 1871.
BAL 1729; Sturges p. cii; RWE 145. Green P cloth, gilt edges. Another copy
without gilt edges. Prints, pp. 172-175, "Address of William Cullen Bryant."
Bryant's speech emphasizes the importance of freedom of religion in the
struggle for Italian unity. Bryant had long championed the unification of Italy,
and in 1860, in "Italy," he wrote, "Italy / Shall be free!" f According to
Mrs. Waterston, an old friend: "In the autumn of 1860 ... when the news
came of Garibaldi and King Victor Emmanuel's entrance into Naples, Mr. and
Mrs. Bryant and their daughter were staying with us in Boston Mr.
Waterston invited a large number of gentlemen to meet Mr. Bryant at our
house one evening ... I had placed the Italian colors round Garibaldi's pic-
ture, and written under it Mrs. Browning's lines: 'Red for the patriot blood, /
Green for the martyr's crown, / And white for the dew and the rime, / When
the morning of God comes down.' Mr. Bryant smiled his rare smile as he read
the lines, and said: 'It is a great day for Italy.' To us, who had such tender
and sacred associations with Naples, it seemed a great blessing to be together
at such a time (Godwin, Life, II, 140)." f Bookplate of William W. Gay.

WCB 178 John Greenleaf Whittier, ed. Child Life: A Collection of
Poems. Boston, 1872.
BAL 1:377. Orange cloth. Prints, pp. 73-76, "Robert of Lincoln."

WCB 179 Massachusetts Historical Society. Tribute to Walter Scott
on the One Hundredth Anniversary of His Birthday.
Boston, 1872.
BAL 5264 (Emerson); RWE 150. Brown printed wrappers. Prints, p. 16, a
letter from Bryant praising Scott and sending regrets.

WCB 180 Reception Tendered by the Members of the Union League of
Philadelphia to George H. Boker, Minister of the United
States to Turkey. Friday Evening, December 22, 1871.
Philadelphia, 1872.
BAL 1:247. Printed wrappers. Prints, p. [57], a letter from Bryant regretting
that he cannot attend.


WCB 181 The Story of the Fountain. New York, 1872.
BAL 1730. Green C cloth. Reprinted from The Fountain (1842); PDH: "First
separate printing." l Ink signature, "Sibyl M. Weir. Christmas, 1871."

WCB 182 Picturesque America. 2 vols. New York, 1872-1874.
BAL 1732, second edition, with Bryant's name on title; Sturges p. cxx. Mo-
rocco. Illustrated essays. Bryant worked with this format in The American
Landscape (1830), in collaboration with, among others, A. B. Durand, and in
The Home Book of the Picturesque (1852), to which he and other authors, in-
cluding Cooper and Irving, contributed. This popular format was also used by
N. P. Willis (American Scenery, 1840) and Bayard Taylor (Picturesque Eu-
rope, 1875-79). 9 In his "Preface," Bryant recognizes Oliver B. Bunce, who
did most of the work on these volumes. Authors include T. B. Thorpe,
Southern humorist, Constance F. Woolson, and John Esten Cooke. A "Cen-
tennial Edition" of Picturesque America was published in 1974 for the Bicen-

WCB 183 The Little People of the Snow. New York, 1873.
BAL 1733; Sturges p. xcvi. Red C cloth. Reprint from Thirty Poems (1864).
PDH: "First separate printing."

WCB 184 Orations and Addresses. New York, 1873.
BAL 1735. Terra-cotta FL cloth. Bryant's tributes to Cole, Cooper, Irving,
Halleck, and Verplanck are the bulk of the collection. Of them, the reviewer
in the Atlantic for October, 1873, who PDH says was W. D. Howells, com-
mented: ". .. they form the most intelligent and intelligible sketch we have
of the main intellectual and social features of our first great literary epoch (p.
499)." In a letter to Bryant dated July 16, 1873, James T. Fields characterized
the collection as "the most eloquent and interesting book of speeches in the
English language (Brown, p. 501)."

WCB 185 Among the Trees. New York, Boston [1874]
BAL 1738; Sturges p. xcvi. Green S cloth. Two copies. PDH: "First separate
edition." One copy inscribed in pencil, "Carrie F. Abbott-from E.H.W.
Christmas 1874."


WCB 186 Thanatopsis.

New York, 1874.

BAL 1742; Sturges p. xcvii. Blue printed wrappers; cover-title. Manuscript
facsimile. I Bookplate of John A. Spoor.

WCB 187

Etta Maria Austin, comp. Little People of God and What
the Poets Have Said of Them. Boston, 1874.

BAL 1:377. Brown H-like cloth. Reprints "Innocent Child and Snow-white

WCB 188 Rufus Wilmot Griswold. The Poets and Poetry of America.
New York, 1874.
Blue cloth. Reprints 26 poems.

WCB 189

Proceedings of the Bunker Hill Monument Association at
the Annual Meeting. Boston, 1875.

Purple P cloth. Prints a letter regretting the invitation. I Bookplate of Car-
roll Atwood Wilson.

WCB 190

The Bryant Celebration by the Chicago Literary Club. No-
vember 3, 1874. Chicago, 1875.

Sturges pp. cxx-cxxi. Original printed light green wrappers. Prints, pp. 18-
19, the first 24 lines of a poem written by Bryant in his fifteenth year to his
older brother Austin, beginning "Once more the bard, with eager eye, re-
views." Prints speeches of two of Bryant's brothers, Arthur and John, and
poems by Horatio N. Powers and F. F. Browne, written for the occasion.

WCB 191 "The Two Travelers," in The Atlantic Monthly.
Boston, February, 1875.
Sturges p. lxxvi. Original printed wrappers. First printing, pp. [129]-130.
Reprinted in Poems (1876). Sturges erroneously states that the poem was
published in the January 1874 issue of the Atlantic.


WCB 192 Semi-centennial Celebration of the Church of the Messiah,
Corner of 34tb Street and Park Avenue.
New York, March 19, 1875.
BAL 1743, "Proceedings" edition. Original blue wrappers, cover-title. "As
shadows cast by cloud and sun," written for the occasion, on pp. 2-3. It was
sung to the tune of "St. Martin's."

WCB 193 Ralph Waldo Emerson, ed. Parnassus. Boston, 1875.
BAL 5269 (Emerson), first edition; RWE 154. Black C cloth. Reprints "Death
of the Flowers," pp. 29-30, "To the Fringed Gentian," p. 30, "Song of the
Stars," pp. 44-45, "To a Waterfowl," pp. 37-88, "The Murdered Traveller,"
p. 457. Portions of three other poems are printed: "The Rivulet," p. 25, "The
Old Man's Funeral," p. 167, and "Thanatopsis," pp. 168-169. 5J In ink, on
flyleaf, "Dr. W.B. Carpenter F.R.S. with regards of the Editor. 1 January,
1875." On title page, in ink, "Phipson."

WCB 194 Charles A. Dana, ed. The Household Book of Poetry. Elev-
enth Edition-Revised and Enlarged.
New York, London, 1875.
Red T-like cloth. Reprints "The Death of the Flowers," pp. 93-94, "The
Evening Wind," p. 101, "To the Fringed Gentian," p. 92, "The Hunter of
the Prairies," pp. 94-95, "To a Waterfowl," p. 56, "The Burial of Love,"
p. 322, "The Battle-Field," pp. 380-381, "0 Mother of a Mighty Race,"
pp. 379-380, "Song of Marion's Men," pp. 377-378, "The Hunter's Vision,"
p. 491, "The Crowded Street," pp. 376-377, "Thanatopsis," pp. 729-730,
"Waiting By the Gate," pp. 690-691.

WCB 195 William F. Gill, ed. Laurel Leaves. Boston, 1876.
BAL 1748; Sturges p. cxxi. Green S cloth. Prints two translations from the
poetry of Jose Rosas, "The Price of a Pleasure," p. 53, and "The Woodman
and the Sandal Tree," p. 54, and his commemorative speech, "The Poet
Goethe. An Address Delivered at the Goethe Celebration, New York, Sept.,
1875," pp. 179-186. 5 In ink on loosely inserted notepaper, "Mrs Damon
will please accept this book as a 'Christmas gift' from the girls of her Sabbath
School class with their wishes also-for a 'Happy New Year'-Dec. 24, 1875."
See WCB MS 9; Plate VI.


WCB 196 Centennial Celebration 4th July, 1876. Programme.
Roslyn, New York, 1876.
BAL 1750; Sturges p. cxxi. Single leaf, 15.2 x 10.5 cm., printed in red and
blue on one side. Prints "Centennial Hymn" ("Through storm and calm the
years have led"). The oration was given by Bryant's son-in-law and future
biographer, Parke Godwin. PDH: "This is particularly interesting because
he [Bryant] refused to write a centennial poem for the Philadelphia Celebra-
tion because he said that he was not good at writing to order; but he was able
to write a hymn for his home town for the same occasion."

WCB 197 John Greenleaf Whittier, ed. Songs of Three Centuries.
Boston, 1876.
BAL 1:377. Brown T cloth. Reprints "To a Waterfowl," p. 187, "Thana-
topsis," p. 187-188, "The Death of the Flowers," pp. 188-189, "To the
Fringed Gentian," p. 189, "The Battle-field," pp. 189-190, "From 'The
Rivulet' (last stanza), p. 190, "The Burial of Love," p. 190. If On flyleaf,
in pencil, "Emma A. Page, March 30, 1877. With sincere good wishes of

WCB 198 Julia Ward Howe. Memoir of Samuel Gridley Howe.
Boston, 1876.
Black C cloth. "Published by the Howe Memorial Committee." On pp. 123-
124 is a letter from Bryant praising Samuel Howe, husband of Julia Ward
Howe. He was active in the antislavery movement and in efforts of the Poles
and Greeks to gain their independence, but his primary interest was the edu-
cation of the blind, and he worked to develop means for them to read. Julia
Ward Howe presented one of the tributes to Bryant at his 70th birthday
Century Association memorial.

WCB 199 Poems. New York [1876]
BAL 1753; Sturges p. xci. Green S cloth. First collected appearance of nine
poems. [ On flyleaf, in ink, "Helen M. Evans from" (in another hand)
"Harrie J. Reed Christmas 1876."


WCB 200 To William Cullen Bryant, at Eighty rears, from His
Friends and Countrymen. New York, 1876.
BAL 1754; Sturges p. cv. Gray printed wrappers. A record of this testimonial,
with Bryant's address on pp. 21-24. The frontispiece is of the silver vase
presented to Bryant, designed by James T. Whitehouse of Tiffany and Co.
Among distinguished members of the committee were Asher Durand, J. Pier-
pont Morgan, Theodore Roosevelt, James T. Fields, and Mark Hopkins. [
On front wrapper, in ink, "C.T. Congdon," perhaps Charles Tabor Congdon,
author of Reminiscences of a Journalist, 1880.

WCB 201 Evert A. Duyckinck, ed. A Memorial of Fitz-Greene Hal-
leck: A Description of the Dedication of the Monument
Erected to His Memory at Guilford, Connecticut, and of
the Proceedings Connected with the Unveiling of the Poet's
Statue in Central Park, \New York ... Privately Printed.
[New York] 1877.
BAL 2244 (Butler), two copies, both large paper; Sturges pp. cv-cvi. Printed
wrappers, and purple cloth. On pp. 6-7, Bryant's letter of regrets. Inserted is
an invitation to the "Inauguration of the Halleck Statue," in Central Park, on
May 15, 1877. Bryant is listed as "Chairman of the Committee." 1 Wrap-
pered copy inscribed, "Frank Moore Esq with Jas Grant Wilson's Kind re-
gards. September, 1879"; Wilson was on the committee for the event. Cloth
copy inscribed to Henry T. Drowne by Duyckinck, 8 November 1877.

WCB 202 Henry W. Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places. Switzerland
and Austria. Boston, 1877.
BAL 1:378, 12190 (Longfellow), HWL 262. Blue S cloth. Reprints, p. 14,
"William Tell," published first in The Talisman, 1828. f On flyleaf, in ink,
"J.O. [John Owen] from H.W.L. 1877."

WCB 203 In Memory of John Lothrop Motley.
[N.p.] November, 1877.
BAL 1761, only copy located; Sturges p. lxxvi. Single leaf, printed on one
side, 21.4 x 14.4 cm., in brown cloth folding case. f An offprint from the


International Review, November, 1877. PDH: "The Wakeman copy. Mr.
Wakeman's memorandum (missing) read 'This sonnet was published in the
International Review and Bryant had a few copies printed in this form for his
own use.'"

WCB 204 Henry W. Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places. France and
Savoy. Vol. II. Boston, 1877.
BAL 1:377, 12183 (Longfellow). Orange P cloth. Reprints "To the River
Arve," pp. 239-240.

WCB 205 Henry W. Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places. Italy. Vol. I.
Boston, 1877.
BAL 1:378, 12184 (Longfellow). Blue S cloth. Reprints "To the Apennines,"
pp. 58-59. J On free front endpaper, in ink, "J.O. from H.W.L. 1877."

WCB 206 Henry W. Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places. Italy. Vol. II.
Boston, 1877.
BAL 1:378, 12185 (Longfellow). Blue S cloth. Reprints "The Knight's Epi-
taph," pp. 27-28.

WCB 207 Henry W. Longfellow, ed. Poems ofPlaces. Italy. Vol. III.
Boston, 1877.
BAL 1:378, 12186 (Longfellow). Blue S cloth. Reprints "The Child's Fu-
neral," pp. 55-57. Reprints translations from the Odyssey: "Scylla and Cha-
rybdis," pp. 7-9, "Island of the Syrens," pp. 33-35, "Syracuse," pp. 69-70.

WCB 208 Henry W. Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places. Spain. Vol. I.
Boston, 1877.
BAL 1:378, 12187 (Longfellow). Purple cloth. On pp. 182-185 is a transla-
tion by Bryant of Francisco de Rioja's "Ruins of Italica." IS On free front
endpaper, in ink, "J.O. from H.W.L. 1877."


WCB 209 Henry W. Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places. Spain, Por-
tugal, Belgium, Holland. Vol. II. Boston, 1877.
BAL 1:378, 12188 (Longfellow). Purple cloth. On p. 121 is a translation by
Bryant of Belchior Manoel Curvo Semmedo's "Tagus."

WCB 210 Golden Songs of Great Poets.

New York, 1877.

BAL 1760; Sturges p. lxxiv. Black morocco. First book printing of "The Song
Sparrow," not included by Bryant in his collected works, but printed in the
Roslyn edition.

WCB 211 The Debts of the Southern States.

New York, 1877.

BAL 1762, only copy located. Printed wrappers, 20 pp., cover title. Prints
remarks by Bryant, pp. 3-4. The meeting was, in Bryant's words, called for
"the purpose of initiating a method of helping those [Southern] States which
are unfortunately past helping themselves."

WCB 212

Henry W. Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places. Germany.
Vol. II. Boston, 1877.

BAL 1:378, 12193 (Longfellow). Ivory P cloth. Prints, pp. 137-139, Bryant's
translation of L. A. von Chamisso's "The Lady of Castle Windeck."

WCB 213 Poetical Works.

New York [1878]

BAL 1850. Calf. SI "Elmer Underwood" stamp in purple ink.

WCB 214

In Memory of William Cullen Bryant. Born, 1794-Died,
1878. [New York, 1878]

BAL 1767. Gray printed wrappers. Poetry, essays and addresses, primarily by
the staff of the Evening Post, about their former editor.

WCB 215 Henry W. Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places. Greece, and
Turkey in Europe. Boston, 1878.
BAL 1:378, 12198 (Longfellow). Green S cloth. Reprints "The Greek Boy,"


pp. 31-32, "The House of Alcinoils" from the Iliad, pp. 76-78, "The Return
of Ulysses," from the Odyssey, pp. 125-128, "Ulysses and Laertes," from the
Odyssey, pp. 128-133. f Ink inscription, "J.O. From H.W.L. Feb. 6, 1878."

WCB 216 Henry W. Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places. Asia. Syria.
Boston, 1878.
BAL 1:378, 12202 (Longfellow). Gray P cloth. Reprints "Rizpah," pp. 112-
113, and translation of "Mary Magdalen," by Bartolome Leonardo de Argen-
sula, pp. 87-88. j Ink inscription, "J.O. from H.W.L. 1878."

WCB 217 Henry W. Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places. Asia. Asia
Minor, Mesopotamia, Arabia, Turkestan, Afghanistan.
Boston, 1878.
BAL 1:378, 12203 (Longfellow). Blue S cloth. Reprints "Scamander," from
the Iliad, pp. 64-69, "Troy," from the Iliad, pp. 83-87, "Troy," another
passage, pp. 88-90. J Ink inscription, "J.O. from H.W.L. 1878."

WCB 218 Henry W. Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places. Africa.
Boston, 1878.
BAL 1:378, 12206 (Longfellow). Purplish-brown P cloth. Reprints "The Afri-
can Chief," pp. 14-16. f Ink inscription, "J.O. from H.W.L. 1878."

WCB 219 Robert C. Waterston. Tribute to William Cullen Bryant
at the Meeting of the Massachusetts Historical Society,
June 13, 1878. Boston, 1878.
BAL 1769. Gray printed wrappers. Two editions, BAL'S first and second. The
first, gift of the Howe Society. An appendix, pp. 17-55, lists works of Bryant.

WCB 219a The Century. Bryant Memorial Meeting.
New York, 1878.
Small leaflet, 2 pp. The programme for the meeting on Tuesday evening,
12 November. John Bigelow was orator and poems were delivered by Bayard


Taylor, R. H. Stoddard, and E. C. Stedman. Pasted to flyleaf to T. B. Aldrich's
copy of Thirty Poems, WCB 130 (q.v.).

WCB 220 Massachusetts Historical Society. Proceedings... 1878.
Boston, 1879.
Reddish-brown C cloth. Prints, pp. 185-194, "Tribute to William Cullen
Bryant" by the Rev. Robert C. Waterston, the tribute in WCB 219. Four
resolutions were passed honoring Bryant and sending a delegation to his
funeral. The delegation included Henry W. Longfellow and Oliver Wendell
Holmes. Bryant and the Rev. Mr. Waterston were friends and correspondents.

WCB 221 The Flood of Tears. New York, 1878.
BAL 1770; Sturges p. xcvii. Blue S cloth. Written in 1876, two years before
Bryant's death, "The Flood of Years" is a companion piece to "Thanatopsis,"
which he wrote when a youth. Both are blank verse meditations on life and
death. "The Flood of Years" is the more optimistic: when asked by a cor-
respondent whether the poem was an expression of his faith, Bryant responded,
"Certainly I believe all that is said in the lines you have quoted. If I had not,
I could not have written them. I believe in the everlasting life of the soul; and
it seems to me that immortality would be but an imperfect gift without the
recognition in the life to come of those who are dear to us here" (Brown, 517).

WCB 222 Henry W. Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places. America.
JNew England. Vol. II. Boston, 1879.
BAL 1:378, 12209 (Longfellow). Mottled orange and gray P cloth. Reprints
"A Meditation on Rhode Island Coal," pp. 220-223.

WCB 223 Henry W. Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places. America.
Southern States. Boston, 1879.
BAL 12213 (Longfellow). Brown P cloth. Reprints "Song of Marion's Men,"
pp. 195-197. f On free front endpaper, in ink, "J.O. from H.W.L. 1879."


WCB 224

Henry W. Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places. America.
British America. Danish America. Mexico. Central Amer-
ica. South America. Boston, 1879.

BAL 1:379, 12215 (Longfellow). Yellow S cloth, another copy in green S
cloth. Reprints, pp. 220-222, "The Damsel of Peru." f On free front end-
paper of yellow copy, in ink, "J.O. from H.W.L. 1879"; on free front end-
paper of green copy, in ink, "Charles Sangster with compliments and thanks
of the Editor. June 8. 1879." On flyleaf, in ink, "Hattie E. Wrenshall bought
from Sangster library."

WCB 225

Henry W. Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places. Oceanica,
Australasia, Polynesia, and Miscellaneous Seas and Islands.
Boston, 1879.

BAL 1:379, 12216 (Longfellow). Mottled gray-green S cloth. Reprints "A
Song of Pitcairn's Island," pp. 65-66, "Hymn to the North Star," pp. 133-
134, "The Arctic Lover," pp. 143-144, "A Hymn of the Sea," pp. 239-241.
1 On free front endpaper, in ink, "J.O. from H.W.L. 1879."

W CB 226 Oliver Wendell Holmes. John Lothrop Motley. A Memoir.
Boston, 1879.
BAL 1:378, 8933 (Holmes). Large paper edition, terracotta S cloth; also the
"English Copyright Edition," brown S cloth, London, 1878. The large paper
edition, p. 278, reprints Bryant's sonnet "In Memory of John Lothrop
Motley." In the English edition the poem is on p. 275.

WCB 227

The Bryant Memorial Meeting of the Goethe Club of the
City of 7New York, Wednesday, October 30th, 1878.
New York, 1879.

BAL 1:383, 1772. Printed wrappers. First prints "Speech" (given by Bryant
in May, 1878), pp. 41-42. Reprints lyric "Stream of Life," p. 43, which was
sung by Mrs. Imogene Brown. Also prints speeches by Antoine Ruppaner,
Samuel Osgood, T. B. Wakeman. On p. [5] is a resolution by the club mem-
bers honoring "Our late fellow member, William Cullen Bryant." f On front
cover, in ink, "Charles Henry Hart Esq from Saml Osgood." Hart was an art
critic and historian.


WCB 228

Samuel Osgood. Bryant Among His Countrymen, the Poet,
the Patriot, the Man. An Oration before the Goethe Club
Wednesday Evening, October soth, 1878.
New York, 1879.

B AL 1:383, 1772. Gray printed wrappers. An offprint from WCB 227. Bryant's
talk is reprinted, pp. 32-34. On front cover, in ink, "President de Peyster
[probably Frederic (1796-1882) but perhaps James Watts (1821-1907)]
with the respects of Saml Osgood."

WCB 229

George William Curtis. The Life, Character and Writings
of William Cullen Bryant. A Commemorative Address De-
livered before the JNew York Historical Society at the Acad-
emy of Music, December 30, 1878. New York [1879]

BAL 1:383, large paper. Gray printed wrappers. Delivered in the auditorium
in which Bryant gave his commemorative address for Washington Irving.

WCB 230

Henry W. Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places. America.
JVew England. Vol. I. Boston, 1879.

BAL 1:379, 12209 (Longfellow). Mottled orange and gray cloth. Reprints
"America" (stanzas XXXII-XXXV of "The Ages"), pp. 29-30, "Lines on
Revisiting the Country," pp. 185-186, "The Rivulet," pp. 186-189, "Green
River," pp. 211-213, "Monument Mountain" (first 48 lines), pp. 213-214.
If On free front endpaper, in ink, "J.O. from H.W.L. Dec. 14, 1878."

WCB 231 Henry W. Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places. America.
Middle States. Boston, 1879.
BAL 1:379, 12211 (Longfellow). Ivory S cloth. Reprints "Catterskill Falls,"
pp. 50-54, "Hymn of the City," pp. 137-138, "Spring in Town," pp. 138-
139. 1 On free front endpaper, in ink, "J.O. from H.W.L. Feb. 12, 1879."

WCB 232 Henry W. Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places. America.
Western States. Boston, 1879.
BAL 1:379, 12214 (Longfellow). Orange S cloth. Reprints "The Prairies,"


pp. 162-166, "The Hunter of the Prairies," pp. 166-168, "The Painted
Cup," pp. 205-206. i On free front endpaper, in ink, "J.O. from H.W.L.

WCB 233 Poetical Works ... Household Edition.
New York, 1879.
BAL 1852. Brown P-like cloth. f On flyleaf, in ink, "I. Genevieve Withrow,
Boston Feby 12' 1880, Papa."

WCB 234 Parke Godwin. A Biography of William Cullen Bryant.
2 vols. New York, 1883.
BAL 1776; Sturges p. cxxv. Green S cloth. Bound uniformly with Godwin's
editions of Bryant's poems and prose. Tremaine McDowell characterized the
biography: "In the main, a formal, uncritical, and soberly adulatory narra-
tive Rich in previously unpublished poems and letters" (McDowell,

WCB 235 The Poetical Works of William Cullen Bryant ... Edited
by Parke Godwin. 2 vols. New York, 1883.
B AL 1777; Sturges p. xcii. Green S cloth. Reprints Bryant's notes and prefaces
to earlier editions.

WCB 236 John M. Forbes, ed. An Old Scrap-book. With additions.
Printed, but not Published, for Distribution, as a Passing
Token to Personal Friends. [Cambridge] 1884.
Green leather binding. Reprints "A Forest Hymn," pp. 637-638, "Green
River," pp. 361-362, "Thanatopsis" (excerpts), pp. 494-495, "The Damsel
of Peru," pp. 357-358, "The Death of the Flowers," pp. 469-470, "Wooing-
Time" (excerpt from "Song"), p. 60. I On title page, in ink, "Mary A.
Cunningham from J M F 8 Feb 84."

WCB 237 John Greenleaf Whittier, ed. Songs of Three Centuries ...
Household Edition. Boston, New York, 1890.
Blue H cloth. Reprints selections as in WCB 197.


WCB 238 Arthur Latham Perry. Williamstown and Williams Col-
lege. New York, 1899.
Black S cloth. Perry, pp. 334-335, quotes from Bryant's autobiographical
fragment (in Godwin, Life, I, 1-37) and prints two poems: "Descriptio
Gulielmopolis" (pp. 340-341), a satire written when Bryant was a student at
the college, and an untitled poem, "Long since a gallant youthful company"
(pp. 348-349), read at dinner on the fiftieth anniversary of Bryant's com-
mencement in 1813. I On flyleaf, in ink, "Julius H. Seymour 304 W 86
St. N.Y."

WCB 239 Unpublished Poems by Bryant and Thoreau.
Boston, 1907.
BAL 1805. Ivory boards. Two copies of 470 for the Bibliophile Society.
Facsimile of the original manuscript of Bryant's "Musings."

WCB 240 J. Chester Chamberlain, collector. First Editions of Ten
American Authors. New York [1909]
Priced auction catalogue, black cloth, wrappers bound in. Items 1-75 and
102-114 are by Bryant.

WCB 241 "To the Revd. Dr. John Pierpont, on His Eightieth Birth-
day, April 6, 1865," in The Bookman.
New York, February, 1917.
Original printed wrappers. First printing, with a facsimile, pp. 634-635; also
poems by Whittier, Holmes, and Gerrit Smith, all sent to Dr. Pierpont on
his 80th birthday.

WCB 242 C. Cestre and B. Gagnot. Anthologie de la Litterature
Americaine. Paris, 1926.
Printed white wrappers. A short biography of Bryant on pp. 281-286 with
translations of "Thanatopsis," "The Fringed Gentian," "The Antiquity of
Freedom," and the beginning of "The Prairie."


WCB 243

A Letter from Wm. Cullen Bryant to Thatcher Taylor
Payne Presented to the Century Association by Col. Thatcher
T. P. Luquer May 3, 1928. [New York, 1928]

BAL 1809. Printed wrappers. Cover title. Prints a letter written by Bryant
from Paris, August 14, 1834, describing a journey through France.

WCB 244 Norbert Hallwell. Catalogue VNo. 15 Autographs-Rare
Books. [New York, 1945]
Printed wrappers. Prints an 1875 autograph, an epigram translated from
Burger: "All the night long I have not slept a wink, / On Sunday morning
said a languid fair. / 'Tis hard, but I will creep to church, I think, / And
possibly may doze a little there."

WCB 245

David E. Scherman and Rosemarie Redlick. Literary
America. A Chronicle of American Writers from 1607-
1952 with 173 Photographs of the American Scene that
Inspired Them. New York, 1952.

Blue boards, cloth back. Prints passages from "Monument Mountain" and
"Inscription for the Entrance to a Wood," with photographs of appropriate



Autograph initials, signatures, and notes of ownership are transcribed here as
they are written, although they may be identified and expanded in the biblio-
graphical notes.

Abbot, Edwin Hale, WCB 106
Abbot, Mary J., WCB 84
Abbott, Carrie F., WCB 185
Aldrich, T. B., WCB 130
Andrews, Carrie, WCB 123
Ashby, J. M., WCB 128
Barker, John G., WCB 158
Bemis, Frank Brewer, WCB 76
Binney, William, wcB 55
Bigelow, M. T., wcB 164, 172
Bigelow, Mr., WCB 175
Brown, D. L., WCB 18, 28, 31
Brown, David Lawrence, WcB 19
Brown, Sarah H., WCB 47
Bryant, F. F., WCB 85, 110a
B., C., WCB MS 1, 2
B., W. C., WCB 101
Bryant, Mr., WCB 147, WCB MS 4, 8
Bryant, W. C., WCB 101
Bryant, William C., wcB 76
Bryant, William Cullen, WCB 53,
93, 118, 131, 135, 147, 155, 156,
168, WCB MS 7, 9
Bryant, Wm C., wcB 99, WCB ANA 1
Bryant, Wm Cullen, wcB Ms 5

Bull, Thomas, WCB 35
Bull, Thos., WCB 35
Butler, Charles, WCB 135
Butler Hospital Library, WCB 70
Callamore, L. C., wcB 63
Carpenter, W. B., wcB 193
Chamberlain, Chauncy W., WCB
Chamberlain, Jacob Chester, wcB 5
Chandler, Mrs. John, wcB 64
Cheney, Cathne D'A., WCB 118
Comstock, Wm O., WCB 115
Congdon, C. T., WCB 200
Creamer, David, WCB 105
Cruft, Samuel B., WCB 79
Cunningham, Mary A., WCB 236
Curtis, George W., WCB MS 3
D., W. B., wCB 197
Dagrebe, Jeannette, WCB 45
Damon, Mrs., WCB 195
Danforth, Harry, WCB ANA 14
Davis, Thomas, WCB 9
De Peyster, President, wcB 228
Dewey, Mary, WCB 76
Dithmar, Mr., WCB 147, WCB MS 8, 9


Drowne, Henry T., WCB 201
Duncan, William B., WCB 70
Duyckinck, Evert A., WCB 201
Ely, Samuel Rose, WCB MS 6
Emerson, Ralph Waldo, WCB 193
Etta, WCB 129
Evans, Helen M., WCB 199
Everett, Edward, WCB 82
F., WCB ANA 14
F., J. M., WCB 236
Field, Cyrus W., WCB 173
Fisher, Chas., WCB 7
Flossy, WCB 138
Fox, Eunice M., WCB 79
Gaskill, Francis A., WCB 156
Gay, Henry, WCB 67
Gay, William W., WCB 177
Gibson, Mrs., WCB 99
Goodspeed, George T., WCB 87,
Gore Hall, wcB 154
Groves, John Stuart, WCB 99
H., D. E., WCB 37
Hamilton, A. W., WCB 46
Harriet, WCB 74
Hart, Charles Henry, WCB 227
Harvard College Library, WCB 154
Haskell, Elizabeth, WCB ANA 5
Hodgson, M. F., wcB 85
Holland, Eliza, WCB 44
Holmes, Oliver Wendell, wcB 171
Homer, Joseph W., WCB 7
Howe, P. D., WCB 140
Hunt, Miss, WCB 134, WCB ANA
10, 11, 12
Huntington, S. A., WCB 38
Huntington, Sally Ann, WCB 38
Hutchinson, Fred, wcB 92
Jenks, Jno. H., WCB 51
Jere, WCB ANA 5

Johnson, C. B., WCB 120
L., H. W., WCB 202, 205, 208, 215,
216, 217, 218, 223, 224, 225,
230, 231, 232
Lancillotto, wcB 138
Lee, Francis L., WCB 77
Lee, Frank, WCB 77
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth,
WCB 175, 224
Loud, Adeline B., WCB 37
Ludington, C. H., WCB 138
M., W. P., WCB 8
Mark, W. P., WCB 8
Mary, WCB 34
Miller, J. F., WCB 128
Mitchell, Cornelia, WCB 71, 74,
Moore, Frank, wcB 201
Noble, D., WCB 5
Norton, Sara, WCB 93
0., J., WCB 202, 205, 208, 215, 216,
217, 218, 223, 224, 225, 230,
231, 232
Olds, Julia L., WCB 155
Osgood, Sam, WCB 227
Osgood, Saml, wcB 228
Owen, John, see O., J.
Page, Emma A., WCB 197
Parker, Sarah B., WCB 40
Pattee, Loella, WCB 84
Pattee, Mary J., wcB 84
Perkins, Oliver Henry, WCB 103
Phinney, Charles John, WCB 168
Phipson, WCB 193
Pickard, Samuel T., WCB 83
Pickering, Jno., Jr., WCB 1
Pilgrim Society, WCB 51
Powers, P. B., WCB ANA 8
Randall, Miss, WCB ANA 20
Rayhorn, Charles, wCB MS 6


Reed, Harrie J., WCB 199
Richardson, O., WCB 50, WCB ANA 4
Richmond, H. A., WCB 64
Robinson, Teresa L., WCB 118
S- WCB 84
Sackett, Mrs. E. B., wcB 140
Sampson, S., WCB 56, 57, 58
Sanborn, Mary J., wcB 40
Sangster, Charles, WCB 224
Sarah Jane, WCB 36
Scofield, H., WCB 105
Searles, Edward Francis, WCB 1 lOa
Sedgwick, Theodore, WCB 93
Seymour, Julius H., WCB 238
Sherwood, Wm., 110a
Sibley, John Langdon, WCB 154
Smith, Benjn. G., WCB 163
South Boston Circulating Library,
WCB 41
Spoor, John A., WCB 118, 186
Stevens, Charles E., WCB 174
Thaxter, L. L., WCB 77
Thomas, WCB 36
Thompson, John R., WCB 156
Thompson, Launt, WCB 138
Tooker, Warren A., WCB MS 6
Torrey, E., WCB 7

Tuthill, Daniel, WCB 6
Tuthill, Julia Ann, WCB 6
Underwood, Elmer, WCB 213
Vincent, W. B., WCB 122
W., E. H., WCB 185
W., M. B., wCB 45
Waitt, WCB ANA 15
Waitt, C., wcB ANA 13
Wakeman, Stephen H., WCB 98,
99, 121, 133, 203
Wallace, Walter Thomas, WCB 5
Ware, Mrs. William, WCB 53,
Watson, S. M., WCB 37
Weir, Sibyl M., WCB 181
Welford, C., WCB 82
Whitaker, E. K., WCB 44
Wigglesworth, Etta G., WCB 171
Wigglesworth, Jane, WCB 34
Wilson, Carroll Atwood, WCB 47,
112, 127, 128, 189, WCB ANA 2
Wilson, Jas. Grant, WCB 154, 201
Winsor, J., WCB 100
Winsor, Justin, WCB 100
Withrow, I. Genevieve, wcB 233
Wrenshall, Hattie E., WCB 224
Wright, F. V., wcB 58



Abbot, Anne W., WCB 106
Adams, John Quincy, WCB 62
"Address" ECentennial Birth-day of Robert Burns], WCB 121
"Address" [Fiftieth Anniversary Celebration of the Mercantile Library],
WCB 176
"Address of William Cullen Bryant" [The Unity of Italy], wcB 177
An Address to the People of the United States in Behalf of the American
Copyright Club, WCB 82
"The African Chief," wcB 218
"After a Tempest," wcB 21, 79
"After the Tempest," WCB 21
"The Ages," wcB 7, 41, 43, WCB ANA 3
The Album, WCB 27
"All the night long I have not slept a wink," WCB 244
"America" ["Oh Mother of a Mighty Race"], WCB 171
"America" [stanzas 32-35 of "The Ages"], WCB 230
American Art-Union. Transactionsfor 1845, WCB 89
The American Common-Place Book of Poetry, with Occasional VNotes, WCB 43
The American Landscape. VNo. 1, WCB 42
American Melodies, WCB 68
Among the Trees, WCB 185
Anthologie de la Litterature Americaine, wcB 242
"The Antiquity of Freedom," WCB 71, 100, 188, 242
"The Arctic Lover" ["The Arctic Lover to His Mistress"], WCB 225
"The Arctic Lover to His Mistress," wcB 48, 52, 225
"Arve, the River," WCB 204
The Atlantic Almanac, 1870, WCB 167
The Atlantic Almanac for 1868, WCB 150
The Atlantic Monthly, wcB 115, 129, 134, 137, 144, 145, 147, 149, 151,
153, 163, 191, WCB ANA 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 24
The Atlantic Souvenir; Christmas and VNew Tear's Offering, wcB 34
Austin, Mrs. George L., WCB 187
Autograph Leaves of Our Country's Authors, wcB 133
Autumn Leaves. Original Pieces in Prose and Verse, WCB 106
"Autumn Woods," WCB 22, 41, 79, 113
Bartlett, John, WCB 113
"The Battlefield," WCB 56, 64


"The Battle-field," WCB 56, 79, 84, 86, 91, 113, 171, 194, 197, 237
Bellows, Henry W., WCB 78
The Berkshire Jubilee, Celebrated at Pittsfield, Mass., WCB 88
"The Better Age," WCB 126
The Biographical Annual: containing Memoirs of Eminent Persons, Recently
Deceased, WCB 70
A Biography of William Cullen Bryant, with Extracts from His Private
Correspondence, wcB 234
"Blessed Are They that Mourn," WCB 54, 171
Bliss, Alexander, WCB 133
"Bocage's Penitential Sonnet," WCB 119
The Bookman, WCB 241
"Borne's Letters," WCB 97
The Boston Miscellany and Lady's Monthly Magazine, WCB 81
"The Breaking of the Truce (From the Fourth Book of the Iliad)," WCB 167
Bryant, William Clement, WCB 157
"Bryant," WCB ANA 10
Bryant Among His Countrymen, WCB 228
The Bryant Celebration by the Chicago Literary Club, WCB 190
The Bryant Festival at "The Century," WCB 138
The Bryant Homestead-Book, WCB 168
The Bryant Memorial Meeting of the Goethe Club, WCB 227
"Bryant's Seventieth Birthday," WCB ANA 12
"The Burial of Love," wcB 194, 197, 237
"The Burial Place," WCB 44
"Castles in the Air," WCB 145
Catalogue JVo. 15 Autographs-Rare Books, WCB 244
"Catterskill Falls," WCB 231
Celebration of the Second Centennial Anniversary of the Incorporation of
Bridgewater, WCB 114
Celebration of the Two Hundredth Anniversary of the Settlement of Hadley,
wCB 120
The Centennial Birth-day of Robert Burns, wcB 121
Centennial Celebration, wcB 196
"Centennial Hymn," WCB 196
The Century. Bryant Memorial Meeting, WCB 219a
Cestre, C., WCB 242
Chamberlain, J. Chester, WCB 240
Cheever, George B., WCB 43
Child Life: A Collection of Poems, WCB 178


"The Child's Funeral," WCB 57, 207
Chimes of Freedom and Union. A Collection of Poems for the Times, wcB 124
"Christmas Revived," wcB 106
Circular [American Art Union, 1845], WCB 87
"The City and the Sea," WCB ANA 22
The Classical Reader, WCB 40
"The Close of Autumn," WCB 41
A Collection of Familiar Quotations, WCB 113
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns, WCB 6
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns [2nd ed.], wcB 9
"The Combat of Diomed and Mars," WCB 151
The Companion. After-Dinner Table-Talk, WCB 101
"The Conqueror's Grave," wcB 107
"Consumption," WCB 14
"The Contention Between Achilles and Agamemnon," WCB 149
The Crayon, WCB 109
"The Crowded Street," WCB 171, 194
Cunningham, J., WCB 121
"The Damsel of Peru," WCB 224, 236
Dana, Charles A., WCB 194
Dana, Richard Henry, Sr., wcB 8
"Dante," WCB 153
"The Death of Bryant," WCB ANA 20
"The Death of Schiller," WCB 58
"The Death of Slavery," WCB 146, 147, 148, wcB MS 8
"The Death of the Flowers," WCB 41, 47, 66, 79, 84, 92, 113, 171, 193,
194, 197, 236, 237
The Debts of the Southern States, WCB 211
"The Descent of Neptune to Aid the Greeks," WCB 163
"Descriptio Gulielmopolis," WCB 238
A Description of the Dedication of the Monument of Fitz-Greene Halleck,
WCB 154
A Descriptive Catalogue by James R. Osgood & Company, wcB ANA 16
Devereux, N. B., Jr., WCB 63
Discourse on the Death of Dr. Channing, WCB 78
A Discourse on the Life, Character and Genius of Washington Irving, WCB 122
A Discourse on the Life, Character and Writings of Gulian Crommelin
Verplanck, WCB 165
Duyckinck, Evert A., WCB 201
"Earth's Children Cleave to Earth," wcB 67


The Embargo, or Sketches of the Times; a Satire, WCB 1
The Embargo; or, Sketches of the Times. A Satire. The Second Edition, WCB 2
Emerson, G. B., WCB 40
Emerson, Ralph Waldo, WCB 193
The Estray: A Collection of Poems, WCB 95
An Excursion Among the Poets, WCB 104
Evelyn, Chetwood, WCB 101
"An Evening Reverie. From an Unfinished Poem," wcB 69, 79
"The Evening Wind," WCB 66, 79, 171, 194
Faith and Freedom in America. Sermon ... April 2, 1868, WCB 152
"Fatima and Raduan," WCB 47, 171
"Female Troubadours," wcB 40
Field, F. E., WCB 158
Fiftieth Anniversary Celebration of the Mercantile Library Association of the
City of New-Tork, WCB 176
Fiftieth Anniversary of the Founding of the New York Historical Society,
WCB 108
"Fifty Years," WCB 128
First Editions of Ten American Authors, wcB 240
"The Flood of Years," wcB 214, 221
The Flood of Tears, WCB 221
Flora's Interpreter: or, The American Book of Flowers and Sentiments, WCB 47
Folsom, Mrs. Charles, WCB ANA 22
"A Forest Hymn," WCB 32, 43, 79, 113, 123, 171, 236
Foster, H. C., WCB 105
"The Fountain," wcB 60, 72, 80, 181
The Fountain and Other Poems, WCB 76, 77
"A Fragment," WCB 4
A Funeral Oration, Occasioned by the Death of Thomas Cole, wcB 98
"The Future Life," WCB 59, 75, 95, 100, 105, 188
Gagnot, B., WCB 242
Garden Walks with the Poets, WCB 104
Gay, Sidney Howard, WCB ANA 17
Gems from American Poets, WCB 75
Gems from the American Poets, with Brief Biographical Notices, WCB 84
Gifts of Genius: A Miscellany of Prose and Poetry, wcB 119
Gill, William F., WCB 195
Godwin, Parke, WCB 234, 235
"God's First Temple. A Hymn," wcB 43
Golden Songs of Great Poets, WCB 210

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