New York: J.C. Derby, 1855. First Edition. First edition of this nativist-themed gift annual which was re-issued in 1856 both under the same title and as "The American gift-book, a perpetual souvenir." Per Thompson: "Contains well-known poems by Bryant, Emerson, Holmes, Longfellow, and others, speeches by Webster, stories of George Washington, the Declaration of Independence, and some anti-Catholic material." THOMPSON (American Gift Books) p.161. FAXON (Literary Annuals & Gift Books) p.75. Sall octavo ( 19cm). Publisher's cloth, decorated in gilt and blind; [i-xiv],15-312; engraved frontispiece and extra-title; three additional leaves of plates. Mild external rubbing; an attractive, Very Good copy.