2 pp. on recto and verso of single sheet. 12mo. Very Rare Autograph of Joseph Rodman Drake. A very rare autograph of the New York poet (1795-1820), author of "The Culprit Fay," literary collaborator and friend of Fitzgreen Halleck under their penname "The Croakers," and member of the "Knickerbocker group" which included Washington Irving, William Cullen Bryan, et al. Only one autograph of any sort has appeared at auction in the past 35 years, at the Bradley Martin Sale in 1990. This particular poem remained unpublished, in fact, until it was reproduced in facsimile in James Grant Wilson's BRYANT, AND HIS FRIENDS: SOME REMINISCENCES OF THE KNICKERBOCKER WRITERS in 1886. Beneath this is a second manuscript poem in a different hand, beginning "I chased from the dew moisten'd breast of a rose," with a pencilled note "in the handwriting of Frank R. Tillou (?), brother-in-law of J.R.D". 2 pp. on recto and verso of single sheet. 12mo. Bookseller Inventory # 246993
Title: Autograph Transcription of his poem "Abelard...
Publication Date: 1820
Book Condition: Inlaid, very good
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