Date Published: 1878-1902
Mary Mapes Dodge was an American children's writer best known for her story Hans Brinker (1865). She was also editor of the illustrated magazine Hearth and Home and the phenomenally successful children's periodical, St. Nicholas Magazine.
This collection includes 8 Autographed Signed Letters (ASL); 2 Ephemera, 1 Photo and 3 Books inscribed to Dodge (thus owned by Dodge).
Seven Autographed Signed Letters (ASL):
1) ALS dated “Feb 4.” and addressed to “My dear Suzy”, an answer to a young reader of Dodge’s St. Nicholas Magazine, because her co-editor William Fayal Clarke is mentioned. “I am so sorry that one of the Cronies had to go away, by the doctor’s orders!' Signed “Mary Mapes Dodge | Author of | Hans Brinker | + James Mapes Dodge.”
2) June 11, 1878, Charles A Raymond letter asking for an autograph and Dodge’s reply written on bottom of letter with her signature
3) ALS to Elizabeth, Florence, and Grace, 28 April ?, regretting that she can’t attend their entertainment on Thursday. ALS, from Charles R. Raymond of the Denver Daily Tribune, to Dodge, 11 June 1878, asking for her autograph and impressions of Denver, with her short reply.
4) ALS to Kate Douglas Wiggin (to Upper West Side New York address), addressed to 'My dear Mrs Riggs' (the writer and early childhood educator Kate Douglas Wiggin, 1856-1923), a brief, - note which makes reference to a Mr. Clarke (William Fayal Clarke, editor of St. Nicholas Magazine), and a forthcoming social engagement on Sunday March 1; signed at the foot 'Yours most sincerely, Mary Mapes Dodge'; original folds, fine. ' ... Mr Clarke very inelegantly says: "Well! I should think!" and I say: "Qui Madame - beaucoup de plaisir", which strikes me as being peculiarly fin de siecle and refined ... .' Kate Douglas Wiggin was the author of numerous children's books, including Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm; she also founded the first free kindergarten in San Francisco, and devoted much of her working life to children's welfare and charities. Three ALS to Mrs. Colgate;
5) 24 November 1897 3pp small note, (dictated but signed by Dodge),
6) 10 November 1899 2 pp letter on 175 West Fifty-Eighth Street letterhead, and
7) 6 September [189?], small letter note re “invitation to hear the young girl sing”, “slight but disabling illness”, invitation to Mrs. Hall’s tea, Dodge’s disappointment in missing Colgate’s visit, dining with Colgate.
8) ALS to Mrs. Longstreet, 16 October 1894, re an invitation to speak at the New Century Club. Signed ms. of poem entitled “Greetings”, 10 lines
1) Signed quotation, extracted from the pages of a 1902 Autograph Calendar book recovered from Orange Memorial Hospital, New Jersey, Dodge added the following quote to a page with the printed date of December 16: “Greetings. 'Good day!' cried one who drove to West | 'Good day!' the other, Eastward bound; - | Strong, cheery voices both, that sang | Above their wagons rattling sound. | And I within my song home nest, | 'Good day!' 'Good day!' still softly sang. | I saw them not, yet well I knew | How much a hearty word can do; | How braced those hearts that their way, | Speed, each to each, a brave 'good day!' Mary Maples Dodge.”
2) Signed quotation, blank paper, “Greetings. 'Good day!' cried one who drove to West | 'Good day!' the other, Eastward bound; - | Strong, cheery voices both, that sang | Above their wagons rattling sound. | And I within my song home nest, | 'Good day!' 'Good day!' still softly sang. | I saw them not, yet well I knew | How much a hearty word can do; | How braced those hearts that their way, | Speed, each to each, a brave 'good day!' Mary Maples Dodge.”
One Signed Photo;
1) A carte-de-visite, signed by Dodge in pencil, Warren’s Portraits, Boston, [1886?].
Three Ruth McEnery Stuart Inscribed Books owned by Mary Mapes Dodge (provenance):
Three signed copies of books with warm inscriptions from Ruth McEnery Stuart (1849–1917) an American author and good friend of Mary Mapes Dodge:
1) A Golden Wedding and Other Tales (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1899)
2) Moriah’s Mourning Other Half-Hour Sketches (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1900; (very long inscription),
3) Sonny, A Christmas Guest (New York: The Century Co, 1904).
All books and documents in an orange brown clamshell box.
This collection is on consignment with LDRB.