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Illustrations of Longfellow's Courtship of Miles Standish Photographs from the Original Drawings by Brady

Ehninger, John W.

New York

Rudd & Carleton



With 7 of 8 mounted salt print photographs by Matthew Brady of Ehninger's drawings interleaved with a page of Longfellow's poem for each photograph. (Oblong folio) 23.6x29.8 cm (9¼x11¾"), brown blind-stamped morocco lettered in gilt on cover. 

Early Brady photographs, antedating those he took during the Civil War. The present copy is lacking the final photograph The Wedding Procession.  These exhibition-size salt prints are of paintings by Ehninger, a “gifted and accomplished” painter famous for his bucolic genre studies of early American life [Harper’s, April 1876, p. 703].  With the nation poised on the brink of Civil War, Brady’s photographs of Ehninger’s evocative paintings richly evoke Longfellow’s tale of America’s beginnings at Plymouth and his saga of the famous Puritan Captain Standish. Most paintings show Ehninger’s signature and date. [NYPL Checklist 1977: 33. BAL 12121; Sabin 41908.] With an illustration of the pilgrims affixed to front pastedown. Previous owner's name stamped on title page.

Lot Amendments

Binding worn, chip at head of spine, tear at heel, rubbing; front free endpaper excised, a few tears including to title page and half-title, binding shaken with some sprung leaves, some foxing; images about very good; good overall.

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