Date Published: 1864-1907
Binding: No binding
Donald Grant Mitchell, pseudonym Ik Marvel, was an American essayist and novelist known for nostalgic, sentimental books on American life. He is particularly known for his essay collection, Reveries of a Bachelor, which focuses on the dream-like lives of mid-nineteenth-century Americans. His other works include Doctor Johns (1866) and My Farm of Edgewood: A Country Book (1863). In 1846, he wrote newspaper articles for the Morning Courier and New York Enquirer under the pseudonym Ik Marvel. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., called him "one of the pleasantest of our American writers."
The Donald G. Mitchell Collection consists of 4 ALS, 1 Manuscript, 1 Signature and 3 signed books with material dating from 1864 to 1907;
4 ALS, 1 Manuscript, 1 Signature;
• 2 ALS to Edward P. Clark (journalist and editorial writer for The Evening Post), 12 August 1889 and 1 March 1890, with envelopes, re the Welch Fund. Clark was treasurer of the fund to raise money for the widow and children of humorist and editorial writer Philip H. Welch.
• ALS to Arthur Twining Hadley, President of Yale, 9 November 1897, declining an invitation (“I am just now embroiled in some matters of proof-reading & mending my old mss.”).
• ALS to Welch Bigelow & Co., n.d., re correcting a mistake in the July number of Dr. Johns.
• Manuscript of ten lines beginning “Happy fellows, thought I, who have only to do what is set before you to be done!”, signed and dated 7 January 1907, within a wooden glass frame.
• Signature, dated October 1907, politely responding to an autograph request.
3 signed books;
1) His first book, Fresh Gleanings; or, A New Sheaf from the Old Fields of Continental Europe (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1847), signed “First edition in book form | Donald G. Mitchell | Edgwood July 1896”, green cloth, smudged endpapers.
2) English Land Letters and Kings from Celt to Tudor (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1897), green cloth with spine frayed at top and bottom, signed card pasted on the front free endpaper (dated “Edgewood, March, ’96”) and a signed dedication on a blank page to Prof. Thos. R. Lounsbury dated Aug. 1889. Thomas Raynesford Lounsbury (1838-1915) was an American literary historian and critic. He graduated at Yale in 1859 and subsequently received honorary degrees from Yale, Harvard, Lafayette, Princeton, and Aberdeen. From 1871 until his retirement in 1906 he was professor of English language and literature in Yale.
3) American Lands and Letters: The Mayflower to Rip-Van-Winkle (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1897), brown cloth with spine frayed at top and bottom, signed card (dated May ’84) on front free endpaper, and ALS addressed “Dear Madam”, 14 March 1864, regretting that he has no photograph (made a few photos for friends from an old negative but it was destroyed), tipped in after the half title.
Collection is on consignment with LDRB.