New York: Harper and Brothers, 1850. First American Edition. First printing. 12mo (20cm) in two volumes. In original purple-brown publisher's cloth with blind-stamped frame to boards, titled on spines in gold; yellow coated endpapers; vol. I: [i]-xii  14-299pp; vol. II: [ii], [v]-viii,  10-332, [iv]pp; with 4pp of publisher's ads at rear of vol. II; stipple-engraved frontispiece to vol. I. Straight, tight copies, cloth rubbed, fading to brown at spines and board edges, foxed throughout, but clean: Good or better.
Leigh Hunt ( 1784-1859) was an influential critic during the Romantic and early Victorian eras, with "wide and decisive influence in both periods." His autobiography provides accounts "of his parents, of his schooldays at Christ's Hospital, and of theatregoing in the early nineteenth century," as well as his "literary friendships with Shelley, Keats, Lamb, and others" are also of interest (ODNB).