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    [James Russell Lowell.] Homer Wilbur [pseudonym, "editor"]. The Biglow Papers. Cambridge: George Nichols, 1848.

    First edition, first issue. Twelvemo. xxxii, 163 pages; plus 12-page "Notices of an Independent Press" which precedes the title page. "With an Introduction, Notes, Glossary, and copious Index by Homer Wilbur."

    Full blindstamped purple cloth (BAL 13068, binding "A"). Gilt title to spine. Yellow endpapers. Boards scuffed and faded around edges; spine sunned. Light foxing. Generally, very good, in a quarter bound black leather and purple cloth slipcase and chemise.

    This satirical political work in prose and verse, inspired by the "abhorred" Mexican-American War, was written (in Yankee dialect) by poet James Russell Lowell under a pseudonym. This popular work - named by the Grolier Club as "the most influential book of 1848" - elevated Lowell to a leader in the anti-slavery movement.

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