Date Published: 1895 to 1933
Binding: No binding & hard cover
Margaret Deland was an American novelist, short story writer, and poet. She is generally considered part of the literary realism movement and frequently portrayed small-town life. In 1926 she was elected to the National Institute of Arts and Letters.
The collection consists of 15 items dating from 1895 to 1933, specifically, 8 letters (2 Autographed Letters Signed (ALS) and 6 Typed Letter Signed (TLS), 3 signed books and 4 Ephemera.
• ALS to Miss Dennison, 23 September 1911: “ - To be at once bold & old fashioned, was characteristic of Dr. Lavender, so of course I will write any name for you, with a great deal of pleasure.”
• ALS to Mr. Jacobs, 8 March 1913, that she will write her name for him with pleasure.
• 3 TLS to Miss Deane, 2 January 1923, 6 November 1930, and 15 October 1933, provides her with an autograph, believes on the whole that people are nice, has the greatest respect for the Hampton Institute, sends her book plate, sorry to hear about Dr. Phoenix’s death, noting that Deane is an invalid, the importance of hobbies, Charles Sargent and forestry.
•TLS to Dr. M.J. Eisenberg, 18 December 1941, has no photographs but signs her name on a card. No card however letter is singed by Margaret Deland.
• Signed ts. that she will be glad to autograph books if sent to her home in Massachusetts but cannot promise “to add anything in regard to what prompted me to write them”, n.d.
• TLS to Elizabeth Cleveland, 25 July 1934, with envelope, thanks Cleveland for the kind words about her books, Cleveland writing a series of articles on the first and last book of various authors, Deland mentions John Ward Preacher and her first book (The Old Garden and Other Verses). With title page of Captain Archer’s Daughter, inscribed by Deland for Cleveland.
3 Signed Books (one with ALS);
• (St. Petersburg, Russia: Bros. Panteleevs, 1895), translation of Sidney by E. Beketova, marbled paper boards, quarter bound in dark green cloth, crack on the front cover’s connection to the spine, but the binding is very firm, and affixed to the front free endpaper is Deland’s signature at Kennebunkport, Maine, 4 September 1905.
• Old Chester Tales (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1898), green pictorial cloth, signed by Deland to George Gilbert Quackenbush, 21 August 1916, with a 2 pp. ALS to him of the same date, telling him that she’ll send a book to him, and if he picks it up, he can visit her garden and meet her dog, Rough.
• Partners (New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers 1913), first edition, pictorial green cloth, very good in a lightly stained dust jacket, signed and inscribed with a five line quotation from the book (p. 102, “That’s the way with girls now-a-days…”), and dated by Deland, 11 November 1930.
• Autographed Notes Signed (ANS) on Deland’s letterhead, with photoprint, “With all good wishes of the Season | Margaret Deland | December 18th 1941 | Boston, Mass.”
• Unposted photo postcard of her summer home at Kennebunkport.
• Printed photo postcard addressed to Frederick Loeser & Co. Brooklyn, N.Y., advertising the publication of Iron Woman on 19 September .
• Signed card, “Very truly yours, | Margaret Deland.”
Collection on consignment with LDRB.