INSCRIBED BY HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW IN THE YEAR OF PUBLICATION, WITH A LENGTHY TIPPED-IN AUTOGRAPH SIGNED LETTER EXPRESSING GRATITUDE TO DR. VAN BUREN, WHO TREATED LONGFELLOW'S SON, CHARLEY, FOR FREE AFTER CHARLES WAS SHOT IN THE BACK DURING THE CIVIL WAR
LONGFELLOW, Henry Wadsworth. Tales of a Wayside Inn. Boston, 1863.
First American edition, first issue, presentation copy, of one of Longfellow's best books, containing some of his best-known poems, including "Paul Revere's Ride," inscribed by Longfellow in the year of publication to Dr. Van Buren, who treated Longfellow's son for free in New York shortly after he was shot in the back fighting in the Civil War: "Dr. Van Buren with best regards of the Author, Dec. 1863," with a tipped-in autograph signed letter that reads in small part: "I have not been able to write you my thanks for your kindness to me and mine… I found time, however, to send you, through my publisher, a copy of the Tales of a Wayside Inn… Yours very truly, Henry W. Longfellow." $4800.