James Russell Lowell’s copy
Holmes, Oliver Wendell. Soundings from the Atlantic.
Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1864
Original purple cloth. Spine faded. Half morocco case.
First edition. Presentation copy inscribed by the author to his friend and fellow fireside poet James Russell Lowell “from his friend O.W.H.”—an excellent New England literary association.
This volume contains a selection of Holmes’s essays originally published in The Atlantic Monthly, which Lowell edited. The two shared commitments not only to poetry and writing (both were also members of the Dante Club) but also to abolitionism. Holmes wrote a poem to Lowell on his 70th birthday, beginning: “A health to him whose double wreath displays / The critic’s ivy and the poet’s bays.”