Date Published: 1902-1958
Binding: No binding & hard cover
Collection of a total of 13 items dating from 1902 to 1958.
Ernest Thompson Seton 8 items;
• 8 Typed Letter Signed (TLS); [Thomas Hutchins Journal]. Greenwich, CT: Arthur H. Clark & Company. 8.5 x 11 inches typed pp., with light editorial marks in pencil, several pages with chipping, usual folds, all signed by Seton with a paw print cartoon below each.
Content: Seton, with access to the journals of Thomas Hutchins, seeking publication by the Clark. The owner, Millery Christy had a reversal of fortune due to WWI and is shopping around the edited MSS. Dates of letters: 22 December 1902; 13 April 1917; 20 August 1917; 26 February 1918; 24 March 1921; 21 January 1924; 1 August 1925; 22 September 1925.
Ernest Thompson Seton (1860-1946) was an author, wildlife artist, founder of the Woodcraft Indians in 1902 (renamed Woodcraft League of America) and one of the founding pioneers of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) in 1910. Seton also influenced Lord Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting. His notable books related to Scouting include The Birch Bark Roll and the Boy Scout Handbook. He is responsible for the appropriation and incorporation of what he believed to be American Indian elements into the traditions of the BSA. Thomas Hutchins was employed by Hudson's Bay Company as a surgeon and spent 17 years in Manitoba. By all accounts, he was a conscientious and hardworking physician but found time for research including a study of local edible plants useful for prevention of scurvy. He served the Hudson's Bay Company for the rest of his life in London as corresponding secretary. Hutchins' goose (Branta hutchinsii) was named for him.
In 1902, Arthur H. Clark (1868-1951) founded a press in Cleveland, Ohio, that published books and journals examining the discovery and development of the American West. Clark’s company gained renown as the chief press for producing scholarship and publishing rare books on American Western historical and cultural subjects. In 1930, he moved his company west, as well, to Glendale, California. That same year, Clark decided to create the Southwest Historical Series, which would make available important historical journals relating to the southwestern frontier between 1821 and 1890, and consisted of unpublished manuscripts and documents from rare contemporary newspapers and periodicals, that would shed light on a number of important phases in southwestern history. Examples of subjects include the Santa Fe trail and trade; prairie life and travel; the military operations of Kearny and Doniphan during Mexican war; the gold rush to California in 1849; and Texas cattle trails and trade. Clark induced Ralph P. Bieber (1894-1981), an expert on overland travel to the Southwest and professor of history at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, to edit the Southwest Historical Series. From 1930 to 1943, the series produced 12 volumes with an analytical index to the last volume.
Anya Seton 5 items;
• Signed typed script (ts.), passage from My Theodosia, n.d.
• TLS to Mr. Hartley, 8 November 1957, re My Theodosia, a domestic turmoil, finishing the writing of The Winthrop Woman, college education not necessary for a good writer, the importance of reading.
• The Hearth and the Eagle (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1948), proof copy in wrappers, presentation copy warmly inscribed and signed by Seton on the front wrapper and title page for Libby and Ralph Smith. Small pieces missing from the front wrapper and preliminary leaves, also dog eared at the beginning.
• Katherine (London: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd., 1954), corrected proofs in wrappers. Front wrapper detached.
• Saturday Review, 17 February 1958. Photo of Seton front cover, review of The Winthrop Woman by Edmund Fuller (pp. 20-1), and author profile by Rollene Waterman (p. 20).
Anya Seton (1904-1990) was the pen name of Ann Seton Chase, an American best-selling author of historical and biographical novels. She was the daughter of Ernest Thompson Seton and Grace Gallatin. She was married twice with Mr. Chase in 1930 being her second husband.
This collection is on consignment.