The Croakers
Drake, Joseph Rodman & Fitz-Greene Halleck

New York: Privately Printed, 1860. F viii + 191 pages; extensive historical and informational notes, index; Number 2 of the Bradford Club Series; with potrait engraving frontispieces of both authors; Joseph Rodman Drake (1795-1820) American poet and friend of Halleck, with whom he here collaborated in this group of satiricial sketches; Fitz-Greene Halleck (1790-1867) poet, social satirist, gifted talker, maintains a secure niche among American minor poets (DAB); (From the Preface): '...the verses occasionally, it must be admitted, had their sharp satirical points...a liberal supply of notes, indeed, is indispensable to the understanding and enjoyment of the Croakers. These have been supplied with no little painstaking from the best resources at hand..."; with the previous owner gift notations on the front endpaper of the Seaman family in 1860; bound in original publishers' pebbled & blindstamp-ruled cloth, gilt spine titles; some edge, tips wear to binding; some foxing; in very good condition and an interesting glimpse into early 19th century New York City and American society and history. Very Good H (Item ID: 18254)

$125.00

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