1 page, oblong (5 1/8 x 8 1/8 in.), extreme edges slightly yellowed. [With:] HOWE. Autograph letter signed to Roswell Field, Beacon Street, Boston, 9 December 1906. 3pp., small 8vo, neatly tipped to blank verso of the preceding. Graciously wondering if a copy of her "Reminiscences" is to be sold for charitable purposes: "I might perhaps copy on the flyleaf a verse or two of my Battle Hymn of the Republic...." [With:] HOWE. Reminiscences 1819-1899. Boston, 1899. 8vo, blue cloth (rubbed, flyleaf detached). Bookplate of Roswell Field." /> HOWE, Julia Ward (1819-1910), author. Autograph manuscript signed ("Julia Ward Howe"), a fair copy of stanzas one and five of her "Battle Hymn of the Republic," n.p., December 1906. <I>1 page, oblong (5 1/8 x 8 1/8 in.), extreme edges slightly yellowed</I>. [With:] HOWE. Autograph letter signed to Roswell Field, Beacon Street, Boston, 9 December 1906. <I>3pp., small 8vo, neatly tipped to blank verso of the preceding</I>. Graciously wondering if a copy of her "Reminiscences" is to be sold for charitable purposes: "I might perhaps copy on the flyleaf a verse or two of my Battle Hymn of the Republic...." [With:] HOWE. <I>Reminiscences 1819-1899</I>. Boston, 1899. 8vo, blue cloth (rubbed, flyleaf detached). Bookplate of Roswell Field.|
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    Sale 2011

    Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts Including Americana

    12 June 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 25

    HOWE, Julia Ward (1819-1910), author. Autograph manuscript signed ("Julia Ward Howe"), a fair copy of stanzas one and five of her "Battle Hymn of the Republic," n.p., December 1906. 1 page, oblong (5 1/8 x 8 1/8 in.), extreme edges slightly yellowed. [With:] HOWE. Autograph letter signed to Roswell Field, Beacon Street, Boston, 9 December 1906. 3pp., small 8vo, neatly tipped to blank verso of the preceding. Graciously wondering if a copy of her "Reminiscences" is to be sold for charitable purposes: "I might perhaps copy on the flyleaf a verse or two of my Battle Hymn of the Republic...." [With:] HOWE. Reminiscences 1819-1899. Boston, 1899. 8vo, blue cloth (rubbed, flyleaf detached). Bookplate of Roswell Field.

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    HOWE, Julia Ward (1819-1910), author. Autograph manuscript signed ("Julia Ward Howe"), a fair copy of stanzas one and five of her "Battle Hymn of the Republic," n.p., December 1906. 1 page, oblong (5 1/8 x 8 1/8 in.), extreme edges slightly yellowed. [With:] HOWE. Autograph letter signed to Roswell Field, Beacon Street, Boston, 9 December 1906. 3pp., small 8vo, neatly tipped to blank verso of the preceding. Graciously wondering if a copy of her "Reminiscences" is to be sold for charitable purposes: "I might perhaps copy on the flyleaf a verse or two of my Battle Hymn of the Republic...." [With:] HOWE. Reminiscences 1819-1899. Boston, 1899. 8vo, blue cloth (rubbed, flyleaf detached). Bookplate of Roswell Field.

    "MINE EYES HAVE SEEN THE GLORY OF THE COMING OF THE LORD...HIS TRUTH IS MARCHING ON..." Originally untitled, "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" was composed by Howe in the semi-darkness of her hotel room in Washington, following a visit to President Lincoln and Union encampments. First published in the Atlantic Monthly in February 1862, it was soon sung to the tune of "John Brown's body," and became an ideal marching song and a universally popular anthem of the Civil War. Here, the elderly author pens the first and the fifth and final stanza: "In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born, across the sea, With a glory in his bosom that transfigures you and me: As he died to make men holy, let us die to make men free, While God is marching on."

    Howe's original 1862 draft manuscript was in the Middendorf Collection, sold at Christie's 17 May 1989, now in the Forbes Collection.


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