The iris: an illuminated souvenir, for MDCCCLII.
Philadelphia: Lippincott, Grambo & Co., 1852. First edition, 8vo, pp. xvi [i.e. viii], 19-298; 12 colored chromolithographic plates, 8 after Seth Eastman; ex-library copy with usual markings, pages slightly browned with mild foxing; good or better in recent brown cloth, gilt lettering on spine. This is the second of the three Iris souvenir annuals (1851-1853); the 1852 volume is unique because the editor secured for it Mrs. Mary Eastman's collection of tales and poetry on Indian legends. While stationed at Fort Snelling, her husband, Captain Eastman, made a series of drawings on Indian subjects, and Mrs. Eastman collected the traditions which resulted in her tales and poetry on the Chippewa and Sioux, Winona and Winona's Rock, Wabashaw, Flying Cloud, Minnehaha Falls (the "Laughing Waters"), St. Anthony Falls and Spirit Island. Mrs. Eastman's writings were republished in 1852 under the title The Romance of Indian Life, by Mrs. Mary Eastman (Howes E-310; Sabin 21686). Stories and poems by other writers are included in this volume, including a poem by Frederica Bremer. Item #27363