Boston: William Simonds, 1848 - 1849. 1st appearance of Alger in print & Alger's first published poem (Bennett, pp. 258, 261; Gardner, pp. 481, 486). 1st volume edition of the PICTORIAL NATIONAL LIBRARY. 2 volumes in 1: iv,  - 308; iv,  - 312, [2 (blank)] pp. Alger's work: 'Chivalry', pp 123-124 [March '49) & 'Voices', p. 275 [June '49]. Text printed double column. Volume ilustrated with cuts & plates. Tall 8vo. 10" x 6-1/2". Dark brown cloth binding with gilt stamped spine & gilt device to each board. AEG. Gilt bright. Square & tight. Light wear @ the tips. Period poi [dated Sept 1849] to ffep. A Nr Fine copy. Item #30966
Alger an icon of the influential 19th C Rags-to-Riches tale, who authored over 100 novels, achieving over 20,000,000 copies published, who is perhaps best remembered today by his 'Peter Parley to Penrod' story, Ragged Dick, which was first published in 1867.
These two pieces herein constitute Alger's first 2 appearances in print, when but a lad of 17.