An Island Garden.
With pictures and illuminations by Childe Hassam.Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1894 Stock Code: 125680
"One of the most elaborate pieces of bookmaking of the period"First edition, with a card signed by the author tipped onto the front free endpaper. Poet and writer Celia Thaxter (1835-1894) spent the majority of her life on the Isles of Shoals off the coast of Maine living and working with her father at his Appledore Hotel, a setting which inspired many of her works. This work is described by BAL as being "one of the most elaborate pieces of bookmaking of the period".
"Critics are usually in agreement that Celia's finest writing is in An Island Garden, a distillation of her abiding love affair with Appledore. There she planted, experimented with, and nurtured a spectrum of flowers, uncannily prevailing against inimical insects, fungi, and slugs, and fenced her blossoms against the adverse winds" (American National Biography).
Octavo. Original green cloth, spine and covers decorated in gilt, top edge gilt, others untrimmed.
Illustrated colour frontispiece and 11 plates, all with captioned tissue guards, illustrations in the text.
Ownership inscription to front blank. Spine slightly rolled, spine ends and tips lightly rubbed with wear to foot of spine, fore tip of front cover bumped, a few marks to covers, a couple of spots of foxing to contents, occasional offsetting from illustrations. Otherwise a very good, bright copy.
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