THE CULPRIT FAY AND OTHER POEMS. New York: George Dearborn, Publisher, 1835. Quarto, pp. [1-8]  2-84, flyleaves at front and rear, inserted frontispiece portrait and engraved title leaf, original decorated blue-gray cloth, front and rear panels stamped in gold and blind, spine panel stamped in gold. First edition. Considered his masterpiece, Drake’s fantastic poem "The Culprit Fay," written in August 1816, is one of the few fine fairy tales in American verse and was long regarded as one of the best American poems. Also includes his equally acclaimed patriotic poem, "The American Flag." Attebery, The Fantasy Tradition in American Literature. pp. 28-9. Harris catalogue, p. 81. BAL 4825. December 1835 gift inscription on the front free endpaper. Shallow chip from upper spine end, endpapers, portrait and engraved title foxed, an attractive, very good copy of a book that is seldom found in nice condition. (#138052).
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