Date Published: 1844 to 1890
Bayard Taylor (1825-1878) was an American poet, novelist, literary critic, translator, travel writer, and diplomat. Taylor is widely accredited with writing the first American gay novel: Joseph and His Friend: A Story of Pennsylvania.
The collection contains 12 items dating from 1844 to 1890 specifically, 1 ALS letter, 3 cartes-de-visite, 2 books (including his first book), 5 postcards and a pictorial playing card.
1 Autographed Letter Signed:
• ALS to Prof. Joy, 14 December 1868, re Mr. Peacock having made a report, accepting Joy’s receipt, and sending a cheque for $24.16.
• Taylor: in a Cossack-fur hat (Sarony, New York);
• Signed in facsimile?, “Ever faithfully yours | Bayard Taylor”;
• Taylor seated, C.D. Fredericks & Co. 2 books:
• Ximena; or The Battle of the Sierra Morena, and Other Poems (Philadelphia: Herman Hooker, 1844). Light original green paper covered boards with spine label. Previous owner's names on front free endpaper, some foxing, age toning, and edge wear (slight tear at the bottom of the spine), but overall in good condition. Paper label affixed to a preliminary leaf: “very truly yours, | Bayard Taylor”. BAL 19625.The author’s very scarce first book written he was 19 years of age, dedicated to the influential critic and editor Rufus Wilmot Griswold who encouraged him to write poetry.
• Journey to Central Africa: Life and Landscapes from Egypt to the Negro Kingdoms of the White Nile (New York: G.P. Putnam & Co., 1854), blue decorative cloth, rubbing and some fraying at the top of the spine, some foxing, and age toning. First edition. Folding map of the Nile and illustrations by the author, frontispiece after daguerrreotype by Mathew Brady. BAL 19646. Card signed by Taylor affixed to the front free endpaper: “very truly yours, | Bayard Taylor Nov. 1876.”
• Pictorial playing card (13B) with Taylor wearing a Cossack hat.
• 5 postcards: color postcard (1890s) with clock, case, and bust of Taylor (Ketterlands, Philadelphia); color greeting postcard with poem, “Live for love, and thou shalt be, | Loving others, true to me: | Love, I follow, I follow thee!”, 2 copies; Cedarcroft, home of Bayard Taylor; Cedarcroft with image of Taylor, copyright 1908 by George A. Wolf, Wilmington, Delaware.
Collection is on consignment with LDRB.