AUDUBON, John James (1785-1851) - FREILIGRATH, Ferdinand (1810-1876). F. Freiligrath's Epistel an Audubon nebst einer Antwort aus America an Freiligrath. Philadelphia: Privately Printed. 1844.

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AUDUBON, John James (1785-1851) - FREILIGRATH, Ferdinand (1810-1876). F. Freiligrath's Epistel an Audubon nebst einer Antwort aus America an Freiligrath. Philadelphia: Privately Printed. 1844.

16mo., (5 4/8 x 4 inches). 16-pages. Contemporary manuscript translation into English by Edward Law bound in at the end. Near contemporary half scarlet morocco, gilt, top edges gilt (covers detached).

Provenance: from the library of Dr. Braislin, item 37 in his catalogue, cataloguer's note on the verso of the front free endpaper, and catalogue entry on the rear paste-down; with the bookplate of Robert Bushman Murphy on front paste-down.  

"Though man of the woods and plain" (opening line). Ferdinand Freiligrath was a celebrated German lyric and patriotic poet, born at Detmold in 1810. In 1833 he published some poems in the "Almanac of the Muses," which were so successful that he renounced his previous employment in a banking-house at Amsterdam, and devoted himself to literature. After the revolution of 1848 he brought out his spirited poem entitled "The Dead to the Living," for which he was tried by the government but was acquitted. Owing to the renewed political accusations, he left Germany in 1849, and settled in London. Among his best productions, are his "Political and Social Poems," and "Confessions of Faith," ("Glaubensbekenntniss,") which enjoy the greatest popularity among the Liberal Party in Germany. Freiligrath's poetry, apart from the fervent patriotism it d isplays, possesses merits of a high order; and he made several excellent translations from the English and French. Died March 17, 1876.  Sabin 25822


AUDUBON, John James (1785-1851). Part of a Chapter from the Birds of America by Audubon. Second Edition. No place, no date.

12mo., (4 x 2 inches). 10-pages. Original publisher's pictorial paper wrappers. Portrait of Audubon on the front cover, and 3 plates from photographs of the Audubon home Mill Grove Farm, the Old Mill on Perkiomen Creek, Audubon PA, Union Church in Audubon PA. Original publisher's pictorial paper wrappers, stapled as issued (front wrapper nearly detached).

Provenance: "with the compliments of W. H. Wetherill" on the inside front wrapper, a scion of the formidable Wetherill family of Philadelphia, and listed as a Director of Wetherill & Bro. in 1915; and the small library label of Robert Bushman Murphy.

The Chapter printed is titled "The Pewee Flycatcher", and mentions Audubon's home, Millgrove Farm. The Wetherill family purchased Mill Grove Farm Audubon left in 1813. It remained in the family until sold by Herbert J. Wetherill in 1951 to Montgomery County. Today it is the Mill Grove Audubon Center, managed by the state office of the National Audubon Society. 

[AND]: Another example, uninscribed and with a small piece missing from the front wrapper.

All housed together in a custom maroon cloth clamshell box with individual pockets for each item, morocco lettering-piece on spine: "Audubon Ephemera"

Provenance: H. Bradley Martin, with his bookplate on the inside of the front cover of the box, his sale, Sotheby's, 12th December, 1989.