The Star Spangled Banner

Boston: Henry Tolman & Co., 1861. Paper covers. Folio. [3 ] pages. Very good.

Unusual copy of the "Star Spangled Banner, " printed with Oliver Wendell Holmes' fifth stanza in place. Holmes' lyrics are very much of their moment at the outbreak of the Civil War, as seen in this sample: "If a foe from within strike a blow at her glory, Down, down with the traitor that dares defile the flag of her stars and the page of her story!" Lovely cover printed in red and blue shows a large 34-star flag (of 1861-1863) under the title "National Melodies. " Tied together with ribbons at spine. Fore edges have a few short tears, but overall very good. Scarce.

Item #11215

Price: $250

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