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1865 Henry W Longfellow : Hyperion : 24 Francis Frith Photographs

1865 Henry W Longfellow : Hyperion : 24 Francis Frith Photographs

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Hyperion; A romance

By Henry W. Longfellow

Illustrated with twenty-four photographs of the Rhine, Switzerland and in the Tyrol by Francis Frith

London, Alfred William Bennett, 1865. First edition to contain the photographs by Francis Frith, and with an introduction by the artist. The subjects include Andernach, Heidelberg, Innsbruck, Stuggart, etc.

Hardback, cloth, square 8vo, richly gilt decorated to emblematic designs to both boards and spine, all edges gilt, pp xi, 270. With 24 original mounted photographs by Francis Frith and some vignettes in text.

The attractive binding designed and signed by John Leighton and with binders ticket of Leighton, Son & Hodge at rear.

CONDITION
A good copy. The cloth binding is in very good condition and the gilt decoration remains bright and clear. Endpapers good. All contents present including all 24 photographs. Some foxing of the mounts as usual. Text good with ocassional light foxing to margins. All tipped-on photographs in good condition.Overall a good copy.

Hyperion
follows a young American protagonist named Paul Flemming as he travels through Germany. The character's wandering is partially inspired by the death of a friend. The author had also recently lost someone close to him. Longfellow's first wife, Mary Storer Potter, died in Rotterdam in the Netherlands after a miscarriage in 1836; Longfellow was deeply saddened by her death and noted in his diary: "All day I am weary and sad ... and at night I cry myself to sleep like a child."

Hyperion was inspired in part by his trips to Europe as well as his then-unsuccessful courtship of Frances Appleton, daughter of businessman Nathan Appleton. In the book, Flemming falls in love with an Englishwoman, Mary Ashburton, who rejects him.
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