Date Published: 1900 to 1938
Binding: No binding & hard cover
Kate Douglas Wiggin was the author of numerous children's books, notably, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm; she also founded the first free kindergarten in San Francisco, and devoted much of her working life to children's welfare and charities. While Wiggin’s book’s attract great interest and attention this collection provides might greater personal insight and association with this charming author. A great opportunity for any Kate Douglas Wiggin new or existing fan to enhance their Wiggin collection.
The collection consists of 14 items dating from 1900 to 1938, specifically, 4 books, 2 calendars, 1 letter, 1 photoprint, 2 leaflets, and 2 photo postcards. A few unrecorded.
3 Books, one with 1 Autographed Letter Signed (ALS) and one with 1 signed photoprint:
• Penelope's Progress Being Such Extracts from the Commonplace • • •Book of Penelope Hamilton as Relate to Her Experiences in Scotland. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1900. forty fifth thousand" on copyright page. Scotch tartan board, cocked binding, pieces missing from the spine, bumped corners, front hinge loose but holding, previous owner’s presentation inscription on a fly leaf, with an ALS on the front free endpaper from Wiggin to Mrs. Johnson, 27 November 1896, re Christmas. • The Birds’ Christmas Carol. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1912. Green pictorial cloth. Illustrated by Katharine R. Wireman. Former owner’s inscription on the front free endpaper. Inserted is an oval photoprint of Wiggins, signed by her.
• The Garland of Delight by Several Friendly Hands. Underwood Springs, Maine: Privately printed for George Thornton Edwards, June 1912. A garland of poems to the couple’s daughter, June Delight, on her fourteenth birthday. Prologue poem by Wiggin with poems from 17 other contributors, including Wiggin’s sister, Nora Archibald Smith. Drawings and cover design by Carol Content Edwards. Paper boards in floral dust jacket, slight tear to the jacket, otherwise very good. Signed by George Thornton Edwards on the colophon. No. 198 of 250, printed on Van Gelder hand paper. No other copy recorded.
• The Birds’ Christmas Carol. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1916. “Seven Hundred and Twenty-Seventh Thousand”. Blue pictorial cloth. Signed on the front free endpaper: “Nora Archibald Smith | inscribes her name | in her sister’s book | souvenir of Quillcote | 1926”.
- The book is accompanied by a ms. (3 pp.) written in pencil in an unknown hand. The text bears a close rendering of the book’s beginning with a few other passages.
- With a leaflet issued by Doubleday Page & Co. of a poem by Smith (Associate Editor of The Children’s Crimson Classics) entitled “Dedication Poem from `The Fairy Ring’”.
The Rebecca Calendar, 1917. New York: Sully and Kleinteich, 1917. 55 leaves plus wrappers, silk ties, original box. Tear to front wrapper, owner inscription to box, wear and a few tears to box, stain to rear of box. Very Good. Each calendar page features a quote from Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm. Only 2 copies recorded by WorldCat.
• The Kate Douglas Wiggin Motherhood Calendar. New York: George Sully & Co., 1929. 53 leaves plus wrappers, red ribbon top. Not recorded.
2 leaflets, one with 2 post cards, music score and Signed card:
• Dearest Little Valentine, n.d., 4-pp. leaflet, not recorded.
• Printed program for the Nineteenth Author's Reading and Church Play, The Old Peabody Pew, in the Meeting House at Buxton Lower Corner Maine, Saturday, August 31st, Kate Douglas Wiggin, Mrs. George C. Riggs. With 2 b&w photo post cards of the players in the production of The Old Peabody Pew.
• Framed music score of cover of “Old Straw Hat” advertising Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1938) starring Shirley Temple.
• Signed card, 31 January 1910, providing her autograph but saying that it is chivalrous that John Conborough refuses to part with his own autograph of Wiggin.
Collection on consignment with LDRB.