Army Hymn by Oliver Wendell Holmes – One of 425 copies


Published by Mr & Mrs George Arents, 1940. Limited Edition. Quarto. Sewn french-fold parchment wrapper. Tipped-in facsimile. First printing in this format, the text of Holmes’s poem, accompanied by a facsimile manuscript of the poem. Very Good, some foxing to parchment, chips to edges, some creasing. Uncommon.

One of 435 copies printed for the Arents’ friends as a Christmas and New Year’s token. 

Arents was a race car driver who came from a tobacco dynasty. His collection of tobacco related books was the largest known and is now housed at the New York Public Library.