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    John Greenleaf Whittier. Works of John Greenleaf Whittier. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Company [1892], 1892.

    Artists' Edition. Number 404 of 750 limited edition numbered sets. Seven octavo volumes. Engraved frontispiece portraits and photogravure plates from photographs and from drawings by Howard Pyle, Frederic Remington, Frank T. Merrill, E. H. Garrett, W. T. Smedley, H. Winthrop Peirce, F. O. C. Darley, and others, all on India paper. Each volume with an additional hand-colored frontispiece, duplicating one of the plates in the volume.

    Publisher's three-quarter turquoise morocco, ruled in gilt, over marbled boards. Spines decoratively panelled and lettered in gilt in compartments, top edge gilt, others uncut, marbled endpapers. A fine set.

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    John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892), American poet and editor. "Before he was twenty, [Whittier] had published enough verse to bring him to the attention of editors and readers in the antislavery cause. A Quaker devoted to social causes and reform, Whittier worked zealously in behalf of a series of abolitionist newspapers and magazines. His first book, Legends of New England in Prose and Verse, was published in 1831; from then until the Civil War, he wrote essays and articles as well as poems, almost all of which are concerned with abolition. The Civil War inspired the famous poem 'Barbara Frietchie' (1863), but the important change in his work came after the war. From 1865 until his death, he wrote of religion, nature, and New England life; he became the most popular rural New England poet. In old age, Whittier turned toward religious verse; many hymns still sung are excerpted from his long religious poems. His finest work, done in the rural poetic genre, includes 'Telling the Bees' (1858), 'The Barefoot Boy' (1855), and 'Maud Miller' (1854)" (Benét's Reader's Encyclopedia). Currier, p. 172.

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