New York & London: Wiley & Putnam, 1842. Original cloth, paper spine label (the latter soiled, with chip across the word 'The'). A bit worn, somewhat foxed throughout, with some heavy (mostly marginal) brown-staining (tea?) to last thirty-one pages. Otherwise, a good, sound copy. Item #WRCLIT64111
First edition, state B (no established priority), binding A ("No sequence known"). Presentation copy, inscribed on a prelim: "James Lawson with the regards of the author." The recipient, James Lawson (1799- 1880), was a Glasgow-born American author, editor, and insurance expert. In late 1815 he emigrated to New York and, having as a young man acquired an interest in literature, ". . . in 1821 he selected American writers for representation in John Mennons' 'Literary Coronal' and, later, for similar miscellanies. Duyckinck credits him with the introduction of the best American authors to the British public. . . . He was one of the committee with Bryant, Halleck, and others, which selected John Augustus Stone's 'Metamora' as the prize play for Forrest in 1829, and helped in a similar way to bring James K. Paulding's 'The Lion of the West', with its leading character, Nimrod Wildfire, to Hackett in 1831. One of his intimate friends was William Gillmore Simms whom he introduced to the Harpers and assisted in many literary and personal matters . . . Poe was also a friend and frequent visitor in Lawson's home. . . " - DAB. BAL 1621.