LETTERS FROM THE EAST.

New York: G. P. Putnam & Son, 1869. Original purple cloth, beveled edges. A bit rubbed and worn, three very small holes in front free endsheet, one inch clean tear to the first blank (extending into Bryant's last name in the presentation inscription, but with no loss), else a good copy. Item #WRCLIT64114

First "cheap" edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the first blank: "James Lawson Esq. with the kind regards of William Cullen Bryant. November 4th, 1869-- ." 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 1707.

Price: $2,000.00