Lowell’s first separate publication
Lowell, James Russell. Class Poem
Cambridge: Metcalf, Torry, and Ballou, 1838
Original printed wrappers. Light spotting, small chips to backstrip ends. An excellent copy. Half morocco case.
First edition. A rare association copy of the pamphlet which began Lowell’s career as an author. Lowell had been elected class poet and scheduled to read his composition on Harvard’s Class Day in July 1838. However, he was suspended from the college due to his neglect of studies and general obstreperousness and was consequentially unable to perform this office. Instead, his classmates subscribed for the printing of the poem and it was ready by August of 1838, in time for commencement. The front wrapper is inscribed by one of Lowell’s classmates. Within just a decade, he would be one of the most distinguished and influential men of letters of letters of his time.