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title: The Hanging of the Crane
author: Henry W. Longfellow
condition: A clean copy in excellent condition save for slight foxing along the first few pages. Delicate binding yet strong spine. Clean, tear-free, and stainless pages. Two handwritten enscriptions are featured along the first few pages.
publisher: James R. Osgood & Co.
dimensions: 8.5 inches x 6.5 inches x 1 inch
description: Hardcover book bound in dark red cloth with a gilded illustration along the front cover. Decorated in gilded text and decor along the spine and gilded page edges. Features lively illustrations throughout the book.
synopsis: The poem begins with the ceremonial hanging of an iron crane (basically a potholder mounted to the wall of a fireplace) which symbolized the making of a home by a pair of newlyweds. Having performed this task “with merriment and jests,” the wedding guests depart, leaving the fatigued narrator alone before his newly renovated hearth contemplating family and future.
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