Hard Cover. Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1858. First Edition. Near Fine.
First edition, first printing, with title page dated MDCCCLVIII, "Cry of pain on crags Caucasion." to p. 119 and "The revel of the treacherous wine," to p. 124, and publisher's catalog dated October, 1858. Publisher's brown T cloth, ruled and decorated in blind to front and rear boards, spine lettered in gilt, brown-coated endpapers. A near fine copy with very light rubbing to extremities, a few pencil notes to first free leaf, spine a bit shaken, else very tight and clean in the original publisher's cloth. BAL 12122. The Courtship of Miles Standish is a collection of Longfellow's poetry best known for the titular narrative poem about Miles Standish, the military leader of Plymouth Colony. Specifically, the poem tells of a love triangle between Standish, John Alden, and Priscilla Mullins against the backdrop of a Native American war. Longfellow, a descendent of John Alden and Priscilla Mullins, based the story off the real lives of his ancestors, although the majority of the plot is entirely fictionalized. Acclaimed for its celebration and commemoration of colonial American history, The Courtship of Miles Standish was an immediate popular success, with 25,000 copies selling within the first two months of publication.