Boston: Lee and Shepard, 1882. Cloth. 8vo. Olive pebbled cloth with gilt lettering on spine and cover and embossed decorations. Gilt edges. Decorative endpapers. Many engravings by F.T. Merrill and E.H. Garrett under the supervision of George T. Andrew. Unpaginated.
Header and footer of spine scuffed with a 1/2" closed tear at footer. Several pages have a small discoloration at bottom right corner. Signed on second free endpaper, which also has a 1" closed tear at top center and a 1/2" tear with crease at bottom left (signature unaffected). Previous owner's gift inscription from 1890 on 3rd free endpaper. Some ink fingerprints in frontmatter. Tight and clean.
This is an early illustrated printing of Thorpe's famous narrative poem, signed by the author. A handsome and finely printed edition of this romantic poem with a scarce signature. Very good. Item #1125