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title: The Hanging of the Crane


author: Henry W. Longfellow


year: 1875


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.


pages: 64


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.

The Hanging of The Crane by Henry W. Longfellow (1875)

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