Date Published: 1887-1920
Binding: No binding & soft cover
Amy Lowell was an American poet critic, and woman of letters who became a powerful leader in the modernist poetry movement known as Imagism. She was posthumously was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1926.
The collection consists of three items dating from 1887 to 1920. Lowell’s first publication, a very scarce broadside, and a typed signed letter.
#1) Dream Drops or Stories from Fairy Land. By A Dreamer. Boston: Printed for the Author by Cupples and Hurd, . Lowell’s first publication. Encased in a light blue cloth tight fitting slipcase. Title-page printed in red and black. Original white cloth-backed floral muslin boards, top edge gilt. One of 99 copies bound in floral muslin from an edition of 250. This is BAL's issue B, with four pages of flyleaves at front and back watermarked "Derby Mills Royal Linen". In 1887 the Perkins Institution and Massachusetts School for the Blind scheduled the second Faneuil Hall Fair as a fundraiser for their kindergarten. Katherine Lowell decided to produce a book based on a manuscript her 13-year old daughter Amy Lawrence Lowell was writing for the benefit of the Fair. Amy contributed six stories, the balance of the text coming from her sister Elizabeth ("Bessie") and Mrs. Lowell herself. The Fair was cancelled, but the School held a bazaar, at which copies of Dream Drops were sold for the benefit of the Perkins Institution. BAL 12960. Previous owner's name on front free endpaper (Mary D. Alford 1925). Paper repairs to prelims., small hole in spine and cloth soiled, good condition otherwise.
Our rare cloth backed flora muslin copy not signed, but a similar copy inscribed by Lowell for her sister sold at Christie’s in 2002 for $9,560. This was the last time a rare copy in the cloth backed flora muslin edition of 99 came to market we know of.
#2) 1 colored illustration. Ballads for sale; fresh, new ballads, with the ink scarce dried upon them. Sunwise Turn Broadside No. 1. Drawing by Walt Kuhn. Circa 1916. 37 × 20 cm, within a wooden frame, 47 × 36 cm. Three creases. BAL12964, misdated 1913? or 1914? Signed by Lowell: “For Grace, with love. A merry Xmas, from Amy.”
Grace Conkling (1878-1958) was an American author, a poet, and an English professor at Smith College and the Graham School in New York. Lowell wrote the Introduction to Conkling’s book of verse, Little Girl, in 1920.This broadside is very scarce, only a few copies extant at American libraries. There were five of these broadsides produced by Sunwise Turn. Others were: No. 2. Cromwell, Gladys. The scientist. No. 3. Murray, Amy. Cow of curses. No. 4. Colum, Padraic. The bird seller praises his bird of Paradise. No. 5. Bynner, Witter. Chariots.
#3) TLS to Mrs. Houghton (i.e. Carolyn Wells, the prolific American writer and poet, who married Hadwin Houghton, the heir of the Houghton-Mifflin publishing empire), 26 August 1920, re a letter just returned to her from the Dead Office, wrongly addressed, “You will surely drive out here on your way back to New York, will you not?”
Collection on consignment with LDRB
Good. Item #7882