The Song of Hiawatha – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 1891 (Illus. Frederic Remington) | 1st Edition


  • Author: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin and Co., 1891
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Condition: Very Good
  • Size: 8vo
  • Attributes: First Edition, Illustrated

First edition, first printing thus. With 22 full-page plates and hundreds of vignettes by Frederic Remington. Three-quarter leather, rubbing at edges and extremities, corners frayed, marbled endpapers. Binding tight, square, internally fine, no foxing, unmarked. A very good copy.

A beautiful illustrated edition of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow‘s classic epic poem The Song of Hiawatha, by Frederic Remington. Set in trochaic hexameter, Longfellow’s The Song of Hiawatha tells the adventures of Hiawatha, an Ojibwe warrior, and the tragedy of his love for Minnehaha, a Dakota woman. Longfellow’s poem is based on oral traditions surrounding the mythical figure Manabozho. Though it initially received mixed reviews, it is immediately popular with readers and was quickly recognized as a masterpiece of American literature. English writer George Eliot called The Song of Hiawatha, along with Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1850 book The Scarlet Letter, the “two most indigenous and masterly productions in American literature.”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 – 1882) was an American poet whose works include “Paul Revere’s Ride”, The Song of Hiawatha, and Evangeline. He was also the first American to translate Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy. His work remains among some of the most beloved and enduringly influential works of poetry produced by 19th century America.

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