Date Published: 1906 to 1937
Binding: No binding & hard cover
Zona Gale was American novelist, short story writer, poet, journalist, and Pulitzer prize winner for drama in 1921.
The collection consists of 13 items dating from 1906 to 1937 specifically, 6 letters, 3 books, an autographed note, 2 photographs, and a postcard.
2 Autographed Letters Signed (ALS):
• ALS to the Corresponding Editor of the magazine Youth's Companion, 7 April [circa 1920], thanking the editor for a suggestion that she write stories for girls for the magazine and says she will submit something soon.
• ALS to Charles Edwin Knowles, [1930-1], re James Larkin Pearson, the Mountain Poet of North Carolina.
3 Typed Letters Signed (TLS):
• 2 TLS to Marion C. Deane, 29 November 1924 and 27 December 1926, sending Deane a photo and her book, Birth (neither present), glad that Deane is well again, Holly Tree Inn a fascinating name.
• TLS to Professor Sinclair, 1 July 1932, re his flattering invitation (“so flattering is the plan for contact with the university and Hawaii Quill”).
2 B&w photos:
• Gale and William L. Breese, her husband, 19 March 1935, International News Photo; “American Writer Visit Japan”,
• Gale and Breese greeted Zone Noguchi, Japanese poet, 30 May 1937, Associated Press Photo. 3 Books:
• Preface to a Life (New York: Appleton, 1926.), green cloth (pp. 9-12 separated from the text block), with ALS to Jessie Francis Fair, and envelope, tipped into front of book, post-marked 16 April 1929, thanking her for the courtesy shown to her in Dayton and wondering about Miss Davidson’s green fountain pen.
• Romance Island (Indianapolis: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1906), first edition, with color frontispiece by Hermann C. Wall, in dust jacket depicting several men on the edge of a cliff overlooking a pink city with a pinkish castle surmounting the opposite hill, green pictorial boards stamped in white and orange on the spine and front panel, illustration of an exotic figure surmounted with snake heads, all in white, against an orange background on the upper board. Previous owner’s name and embossing stamp on front free endpaper, very good pictorial jacket with several small closed tears, small chips at corners, rear panel of jacket soiled, a couple of spots on spine. Gale’s first book.
• Christmas, a Story (New York: Macmillan Company, 1912), Old Trail Town slowly gets the Christmas spirit. Christmas design printed cloth boards with title in gold on upper board and on spine, lower edge slightly bumped, top edge gilt. Leon V. Solon illustrations. Tan and green holly designed dust jacket chipped at corners and spine ends, rubbed edges. Some soil, oxidation and scuffing. Very attractive copy in protective mylar. Affixed to the front endpaper is a color photo post card of the Civic Club (former Zona Gale home), Portage, Wisconsin.
• Autograph note with a quotation signed by her fictional character Calliope Marsh (Friendship Village), as well as by herself, 1917: “The earth aint so full of the fullness thereof but that we could all do something to make it a little more so.”
Collection on consignment with LDRB