Date Published: 1897 to 1908
Binding: No binding & hard cover
Lydia Ethel Farmer Painter (G.E.X. pseud.) was born on 14 April 1842 in Sandy Spring MM, Columbiana, Ohio, the daughter of James Farmer (1802-1891) and Meribah Butler Farmer (1805-1898). She was an American author, poet, traveler, and the owner of the Cleveland and Pittsburgh Railroad. On 17 January 1861, she married John Vickers Painter (1835-1903), a banker, businessmen, and associate of John D. Rockefeller. She died on 8 March 1909 in Santa Barbara, California. Prior to the stock market crash, the Painter family was one of the wealthiest families in the USA. Their son, Kenyon Vickers Painter (1867-1940), was a financier, big game hunter, art collector, and philanthropist.
The collection contains 6 items dating from 1897 to 1908, specifically 2 Autographed Signed Letter, 3 books and 1 advertising brochure.
2 Autographed Letters Signed (ALS):
• To John Meath Evans, 16 May 1899 and 2 January 1908, 8 pp., re expressing her indebtness to Evans, discusses printing and typography, and makes reference to Egypt. John Meath Evans was a printer by trade in Buffalo and owner of the White Evans Penfold Company, who moved to England in 1903-4 and worked for and then became chairman of Lamson Paragon and died in 1950.
• The Chatelaine. Buffalo, New York: The Peter Paul Book Company, 1897. 211,  pp. Green cloth with gilt top edge and gilt lettering on the upper board and spine. Encased in a protective vellum cover (slightly discolored) with leather stitching and ties, hand-written lettering on the spine and fabric lining papers. An exemplar of bookmaking excellence. Signed presentation copy to John Meath Evans, on the front free end paper with his bookplate on the front pastedown; hand correction (“not”) on p. 19. WorldCat and Wikipedia wrongly attribute authorship of this book to Lydia Hoyt Farmer, the American author and women's rights activist.
• The Rosary. [Cleveland: Printed by Fenton and Stair, 1899]. 62, , 29,  pp. Poems and drama. Dedicated to Kenyon, her son. Thick paper boards with green illustration of a rosary on the upper board; green cloth spine with title and G.E.X. stamped in gilt; red signet; edges worn; newer endpapers; interior is clean with the letter “E” on p. 25 and the name “Esther” written on p. 39; paginated two sections. The second section of the book is entitled “The Rose Tree”. Only one copy recorded (Brown University).
• My Athene & Songs to Her. Wausau, Wisconsin: The Philosopher Press, 1903. Signed presentation copy for Julian on the colophon. “Made into this book by Helen Bruneau Van Vechten at the Log Cabin Shop of the Philosopher Press at the Sign of the Green Pine Tree… and there finished by her this 24th day of April MCMIII….” Limited to 150 copies of which this is copy No. 57. 220 pp., photo illustrations, half leather, half brown-patterned paper boards. Soiling and wear to covers. Leather deteriorating and dusty, with lower half of leather spine missing. Some stains or spotting on occasional pages. Some gatherings not slit at the top. This is a private press book. Only three copies are recorded by WorldCat.
1 Advertising brochure:
• The Chatelaine in wrappers, wire-stitched. “This unique volume, published originally by the author under the nom de plume G.E.X., has excited widespread attention from book lovers and the press in this country. It is made up of various articles on various subjects. Bits of philosophy and a good deal of allegory are contained between the covers of the little volume…
Collection on consignment with LDRB.