New Haven: Privately Published; Hitchcock & Stafford (Printers), 1843. First Edition. Charles Ives (not the famous composer) was a resident of New Haven, CT, who started his career as a newspaper printer. As a young man, he suffered from rheumatism and mobility loss. It is with this factoid that the poet commences his journey in verse: A short paean to his crutches. While his poetry may kindly be considered average, it nevertheless has a charismatic quality; of note are several extremely earnest love poems to a number of maidens, including one dedicated to a lady "upon the Receipt of a Splendid Cactus". The book was a modest success for the tenacious Mr. Ives, who eventually overcame his handicap to graduate from Yale and become a highly respected attorney and state legislator.
A newspaper clipping tipped to the ffep (dated 1902) depicts New Haven's Five Mile Point Lighthouse. However, the specific connection between this and Charles Ives (other than a general location) is unknown. Octavo (19cm); moss green cloth, decoratively stamped in blind and gilt; 180pp. Spine sunned, heel and crown chipped; boards soiled, with large chip on front spine hinge; other extremities mildly rubbed. Textblock comprehensively foxed; half title/frontispiece sprung, but intact w/ tissue paper; newspaper clipping tipped to ffep (see comments); bindings shaken and fragile. Overall Good.