which exhibits something of his later knack at such renderings.
There was at any rate some distinct maturity in the first number of ‘Outre-Mer,’ which appeared in 1835.
A notice of this book in the London
‘Spectator’ closed with this expression of judgment: ‘Either the author of the Sketch book has received a warning, or there are two Richmonds in the field.’
Literary history hardly affords a better instance of the direct following of a model by a younger author than one can inspect by laying side by side a page of the first number of ‘Outre-Mer’ and a page of the ‘Sketch Book,’ taking in each case the first American editions.
's books were printed by C. S. Van Winkle
, New York, and Longfellow's by J. Griffin
; the latter bearing the imprint of Hilliard
& Co., Boston
, and the former of the printer only.
Yet the physical appearance of the two sets of books is almost identical; the typography, distribution into chapters, the interleaved titles of these chapters, and the prefix to each chapter of a little motto, often in a foreign language.
It must be remembered that the ‘Sketch Book,’ like ‘Outre-Mer,’ was originally published in numbers; and besides all this the literary style of Longfellow
's work was at this