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Book Description: Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, 1894, 1894. First Edition, publisher's original white cloth; minor smudging and foxing to the cloth; an excellent copy. The book was issued in both white and green cloths, and later, nearly identical editions were also bound in these colors. The white is, however, unquestionably scarcer, especially in such good condition. According to the Bibliography Of American Literature, this is "one of the most elaborate pieces of bookmaking of the period." Slightly over one thousand copies were printed. Bookseller Inventory # 23828

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Book Description: Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, 1894, 1894. First Edition, publisher's original green cloth; aside from some trivial spots, a fine copy. The book was issued in both white and green cloths, and later, nearly identical editions were also bound in these colors. According to the Bibliography Of American Literature, this is "one of the most elaborate pieces of bookmaking of the period." Slightly over one thousand copies were printed. Bookseller Inventory # 23909

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An Island Garden

THAXTER, Celia
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Book Description: London: Osgood, McIlvane, 1894., London, 1894. [i-ii], [i-x], (1) - 126, Octavo. gilt-decorated white cloth, top edges gilt. . Spine and foredges slightly browned, very minor foxing of rear spine channel, otherwise fine. Illustrated with pictures and illuminations in colour by Childe Hassam. Title page in green pink and yellow. First English edition. One of fifty-five copies. A notable rarity. Celia ThaxterÕs lyrical classic of her delightful garden on Appledore, one of the Isles of Shoals off the coast of New England. From the decorative vellum-like binding to the moirŽ style endpapers to the generous typography to the illustrations and the inserted full page chromolithographic plates protected by printed tissue guards, this is probably as charming a production as any book in the collection. ÒOne of the most elaborate pieces of bookmaking of the periodÓ (BAL). This copy, printed by the Riverside Press, is one of those fifty-five copies that were bound with English imprint on May 4, 1894. The binding was designed by Sarah Wyman Whitman and is one of the most elaborate pieces of bookmaking of the period. The cost of the expensively made book probably contributed to the first editionÕs small print run of barely 1,000 copies. Basically a poet, Thaxter died shortly after the publication of this, her only book on gardening.With: a copy of 1988 facsimile edition by Houghton Mifflin, boxed as issued. [BAL 19923. DAB. NAW]. Bookseller Inventory # 25786

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Book Description: Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, 1894, 1894. First Edition, publisher's original green cloth; minor cloth soiling and wear; bottom edges of the last few leaves a little bumped and stained; about a very good copy. According to the Bibliography Of American Literature, this is "one of the most elaborate pieces of bookmaking of the period." Slightly over one thousand copies were printed. Bookseller Inventory # 18120

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Original Typescript Poem, Signed

THAXTER, CELIA.
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Book Description: One page; titled "MY MAIDEN"; 24 lines; signed in ink by the author, "Celia Thaxter." Folded twice; tender and splitting at the folds, but overall very good. Undated, but likely from 1886 or 1887. Thaxter was an early user of the typewriter, even endorsing a machine in contemporary advertising. This poem, retitled "Because of Thee," was revised and published in 1896 by her friend Sarah Orne Jewett. One of the most popular American women poets of the 19th century, Thaxter is still especially revered in coastal New Hampshire and Maine. Bookseller Inventory # 25700

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AN ISLAND GARDEN

Celia Thaxter
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Book Description: Osgood, McIlvaine & CO., 1894. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Childe Hassam (illustrator). 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Bound in white/ivory cloth with beautiful floral gilt embossing covering entire volume. Poet Celia Thaxter's homage to her garden on Appledore Island, illustrated with full page color plates by Childe Hassam. Each plate protected by tissue guard. Binding lightly soiled, corners and edges lightly rubbed, previous owner's dedication on front fly, TEG. A very scarce volume concerning New Hampshire art and history. Publishers page states "The Riverside Press, Cambridge, Mass. USA". Bookseller Inventory # 000690

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An Island Garden

Thaxter, Celia. Illustrated By Childe Hassam
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Book Description: Houghton, Mifflin & Co., Boston and New York, 1894. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: No. First Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. First edition [1894]. Well-kept copy of this beautifully designed book centering on Thaxter's gardens at Appledore on the Isle of Shoals off the New Hampshire coast. Includes twelve tissue-tissue protected chromolithographed plates by noted American impressionist artist Childe Hassam (1859-1935), a frequent summer visitor, along with additional color floral decorations throughout the text. Green cloth lettered and decorated with an Art Nouveau floral design in gilt, top edge gilt, other edges uncut, 126 pages. Includes an unused black and white postcard from 1906 or earlier with a view of Thaxter's cottage and two other Isle of Shoals views. Very minor shelf soil to the covers, corners and spine ends lightly rubbed, subtly darkened spine, all gilt bright and readable, text block sound, tiny closed tear near the inner top margin of the frontis tissue, pages clean and free from names or other markings. Bookseller Inventory # 032247

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An Island Garden

THAXTER, Celia
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Book Description: Houghton Mifflin and Co., Boston and New York, 1895. Hardcover. Second printing. Illustrated by Childe Hassam. Tall octavo. Green cloth beautifully decorated by Sarah Wyman Whitman. Neat contemporary gift inscription on the front fly, slight bump at the crown, a lovely and fresh, very near fine copy. Bookseller Inventory # 384107

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An Island Garden

Thaxter, Celia
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Book Description: Houghton, Mifflin & Co., 1894. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. "With Pictures and Illuminations by Childe Hassam"; octavo; 126pp (including color illustrations and chromo-lithographs with tissueguards) plus chromolithograph frontispiece with tissueguard; Very Good- gilt-stamped and decorated green cloth; book shows light sunning & light rubbing with spotting and light soil to rear panel, very minimal spotting to spine and lower edge front panel, lightly softened spine ends and corners, front free endpaper shows tiny abrasion tear top edge, tiny stain, erasures that slightly show up, next front free endpapers 2 tiny stains, very minimal foxing internally; else clean tight very nice copy with corners still sharp and interior bright and beautiful. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000110812

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An Island Garden

Thaxter, Celia
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Book Description: Houghton Mifflin, Boston & New York, 1895. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Hassam, Childe (illustrator). Second Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Beautiful green cloth with gilt flowers; identical to the first edition published the prior year (1894); a very scarce book with beautiful color illustrations by Hassam; book slightly cocked with several small closed tears to top of spine; spine slightly tanned, covers bright text and illustrations clean and bright; an attractive copy. Bookseller Inventory # 000134

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An island garden. With pictures and illuminations by Childe Hassam.

Thaxter, Celia
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Book Description: Boston & New York, Houghton Mifflin & Cambridge, Mass., The Riverside Press, 1895, 1. edition, 2. impression, pp. ix, 126, 12 colour-plates with captions on flimsies, 1 plain plate of the plan of the garden with list of flowers, 10 ornamental floral decorations in text, large 8vo (160 x 230 mm), top-edge gilt, others trimmed, finely gilt-lettered and decorated light green cloth with stylized floral pattern (partly lightly stained and pinhole in spine). Nice copy. Note: American literary classic on gardening in the second impression. The first was printed in 1894, and only the year on the title-page was changed. The bright chromolithographed plates and text-illustrations by the early American impressionist Childe Hassam. Her garden on Appledore Island, which Celia Thaxter here describes, is still extant and forms a faithful recreation of the garden she grew in 1893. It is now maintained by volunteers of Shoals Marine Laboratory. Bookseller Inventory # 15594

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An Island Garden, with Pictures and Illuminations by Childe Hassam.

Hassam, F. Childe, 1859-1935) Thaxter, Celia.
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Book Description: Houghton Mifflin & Co., The Riverside Press, Cambridge,, Boston & New York, 1895. Decorative Cloth. Book Condition: Very Good. Childe Hassam (illustrator). 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. [c1894]. T.e.g., ix + 126 p. + 13 full-page plates, including garden plan and 12 chromolithographs, each with printed tissue overleaf, from paintings by Childe Hassam; 10 additional color illustrations in text, including title and half-title page. The plates were exquisitely printed in a new water-based process, rarely used elsewhere or since, befitting Hassam's sparkling impressionist palette. Lovely art-nouveau gilt-engraved cover design attributable to Sarah Whitman. The text describes the author's beautiful garden (which she began cultivating at the age of five) on her summer estate on Appledore in the Isles of Shoals off the Maine Coast, where she established a summer colony for artists and writers. End papers slightly soiled; otherwise a fine bright copy. One of the great nineteenth-century American color plate books and a pinnacle of American book illustration. Bookseller Inventory # 009086

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MASQUE OF POETS. Including Guy Vernon, a Novelette in Prose

Dickinson, Emily, Celia Thaxter, James Russell Lowell, et al
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Book Description: Roberts Brothers, Boston, 1878. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very good+. Limited Edition. 12mo. A few black and white illustrations. 303 pp. Red cloth. Top edge gilt, with gilt lettering and decorative device to spine and front board. Professionally rebacked, with original cloth laid onto spine; corners professionally repaired; former owner?s name to front free endpaper, along with a more recent owner?s pencil notations; former donation label to rear pastedown. Interior clean and quite sound; a nice copy. FIRST EDITION, ?red-line edition? limited to 500 copies. Bookseller Inventory # 42229

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Idyls and Pastorals

THAXTER, CELIA.
(Boston, MA, U.S.A.)
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Book Description: Boston: Lothrop and Co., 1886, 1886. First Edition; "Popular Edition"; first printing. Contemporary gift inscriptions; some minor spotting; very good. One poem is illustrated by Childe Hassam. Bookseller Inventory # 18098

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Drift-Weed

THAXTER, CELIA.
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Book Description: Boston: Houghton, Osgood, 1879, 1879. First Edition. Minute rubbing; a fine, bright copy. Bookseller Inventory # 25879

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Poems

THAXTER, CELIA.
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Book Description: New York: Hurd and Houghton, 1872, 1872. First Edition of the authorÕs first book. Green publisherÕs cloth; BAL binding ÒAÓ ( no priority established); near fine with a contemporary ownerÕs pencil inscription at the top of the title page, appropriately placed on the Isle of Shoals. Bookseller Inventory # 29046

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Poems

Celia Thaxter
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Book Description: Hurd and Houghton, New York, 1872. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Good. No Jacket. First Edition. Blue cloth with gilt lettering and decoration. Brown endpapers. Small half inch piece missing from top of spine. Interior clean and bright. Binding is tight. Gilt edges to text block. Good to very good copy. Bookseller Inventory # 000199

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The Cruise of the Mystery, and Other Poems

Thaxter, Celia
(Holliston, MA, U.S.A.)
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Book Description: Houghton, Mifflin and Company and printed by the Riverside Press, Cambridge, Boston and New York, 1886. A charming little volume in the original wrappers and paper dust jacket, measuring 4.25" x 6.75". Bound in plain white wrappers with the stiff paper dust jacket printed in red with floral designs on the front panel. Name and date ("A.B. Foot/ Sept./93") in ink on the second endpaper. Very clean and tight, and printed on high quality white laid paper; 121 pages. Light soiling to the rear wrappers and small tears and chips at the bottom and top of the spine ends. Overall, a very good copy of this scarce item. Celia Laighton Thaxter (1835–1894) was an American writer of poetry and stories. She was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.Thaxter grew up in the Isles of Shoals, first on White Island, where her father, Thomas Laighton, was a lighthouse keeper, and then on Smuttynose and Appledore Islands.When she was sixteen, she married Levi Thaxter and moved to the mainland, residing first in Watertown, Massachusetts at a property his father owned. In 1854, they accepted an offer to use a house in Newburyport. The couple then acquired their own home, today called the Celia Thaxter House, built in 1856 near the Charles River at Newtonville. She had a son, Roland, born August 28, 1858, who would later become a prominent plant pathologist. Her first published poem, Landlocked, was written during this time on the mainland. Her life with Levi was not harmonious and she missed her islands, and so after 10 years away, she moved back to Appledore Island.Celia became the hostess of her father's hotel, the Appledore House, and welcomed many New England literary and artistic notables to the island and to her parlor, including writers Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, John Whittier, Sarah Orne Jewett, and the artists William Morris Hunt and Childe Hassam, who painted several pictures of her. She was present at the time of the infamous murders on Smuttynose Island, about which she wrote the essay, "A Memorable Murder." In 2008, The Library of America selected "A Memorable Murder" for inclusion in its two-century retrospective of American True Crime. First Edition with matching dates of 1886 on the title and copyright pages. Bookseller Inventory # 233

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Book Description: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1893. Softcover. Book has a printed card cover; folded in and wrapped around endsheets on 3 sides. In addition, there is a glassine dust wrapper. Card covers have some darkening; particularly around perimeter. Card covers also have fairly uniform, overall freckling. Contains the bookplate of Philip Greely Brown on front endpaper; bookplate is very clean. There is a bit of faint offset from bookplate on facing blank page. Page tops darkened. Else text block quite clean; solid. Glassine dust wrapper is present, but quite edgeworn with some chips, tears; and a 3/8" hole in center of spine. VG in tattered glassine wrapper. ; 7 x 4-1/2"; 121 pages. 1. Bookseller Inventory # 25942

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Idyls Awnd Pastorals

Thaxter, Celia
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Book Description: D. Lothrop & Co., Boston, 1886. Decorative Cloth. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. First Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. 12 engravings from pictures by American authors. Gilt lettering and ornaments on spine and front board. Beveled boards. Gilt page edges. Inscription on front endpaper; tiny pinprick hole on list of illustrations page and following page only. Otherwise, overall, in very good condition. Rare. Bookseller Inventory # 14100

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Poems

Thaxter, Celia
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Book Description: Hurd and Houghton, 1872. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: No dust jacket. First edition. Very good. No dust jacket. null A near fine, tight and clean copy in original green cloth, all edges gilt. Former owner stamp on pastedown and first blank. Slight wear to edges. Much better than usually seen. Author's first book. Bookseller Inventory # Alibris.0008398

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Book Description: Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, 1895, 1895. First Edition. BAL 19924; binding ÒBÓ (no priority). Near fine in the rare dust jacket, which has some small chips and a few interior tape mends. Bookseller Inventory # 31256

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Idyls and Pastorals : A Home Gallery of Poetry and Art

Pyle, Howard; Hassam, Childe; Greenaway, Kate; Various); Thaxter, Celia
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Book Description: D. Lothrop; Boston; 1886; Folio (15" x 12"); 149 numbered pages, 1886. VG-/None. First edition, 1st printing, Deluxe large paper edition. Navy blue cloth boards with beveled edges, title stamped in gilt on spine. TEG, other edges uncut. This copy has a large (13" x 10") ornate design stamped on the front cover that has gilt and silver flowers in a silver cobweb centered in the upper LH corner, the title and the author's name also stamped in gilt, all this framed within 2 gilt rules. Copyright 1886, no other dates. The only bibliographical reference found about this book is Helen Card's catalog #4 (which offered a massive near complete Howard Pyle collection). She noted 2 editions of this book were published in 1886, one a folio size 'illustrated by Greenaway, Pyle, Joseph Pennell . . . The plates printed by hand in color on india paper and bound in vellum cloth. Unrecorded by either Morse-Brinckle [standard Pyle bibliography] or Theodore Bolton," the other an Octavo edition with illustrations printed from wood engravings. She also notes the 1891 Thaxter 4to book 'Verses" is a reprint of the 1886 'Idyls and Pastorals' edition. The Helen Card catalog did offer a copy of the 1891 'Verses' edition, but the 1886 printings were scarce enough it had no copies. Lacking other bibliographical references or other copies to compare, one must regard the deluxe folio size first edition of this book as very scarce - while not in vellum, this is clearly the deluxe folio edition noted by her. The most attractive feature of this particular copy is probably the front cover with its elegant design apparently repeated on the octavo and 4to editions but in nowhere near as large a size - the front cover of this copy can be graded near fine. But alas there is a downside to this remarkable find - the paper is very prone to foxing, and the book was also at one time was in contact with moisture. The result is that except for the TEG, the paper edges are foxed brown, many pages have substantial foxing, and all plates have foxing around the edges (although the images themselves are in general not foxed). There is a faint water stain to the lower RH of most pages (but not in the same place!), and there was a water in contact with half the back cover (that damage now has been conserved and touched up and thus no longer detracts from the book's external appearance). The binding of this copy was weak (no doubt all copies have this problem since the book is so heavy), but it has now been strengthened by a professional restorer who replaced it with one of matching colors while retaining and laying on the original cloth so expertly it is not noticeable. New endpapers were also added, but otherwise everything else is original and it is now an attractive looking book. The interior illustrations include 1 by Howard Pyle, 2 by Thaxter friend Childe Hassam, an unusual painting by Kate Greenaway of a young girl all bundled up for Thaxter's 'Little Brown Maiden' poem, a Civil War related image (by T. W. Wood) of 2 young black girls for Thaxter's 'Connoisseurs', a Joseph Pennell pen & ink for 'A Venetian Boat Scene', and many other period prints. One of the lesser plates is lacking (#19 (by Mrs. L. B. Humphrey), but whether it was omitted, never published or removed is not clear without comparison to another copy. No doubt an interesting item for the completist collector of Thaxter, Pyle, Hassam. Greenaway, art nouveau or perhaps some other interest. TO SEE MORE PICTURES AND ADDITIONAL SPECIAL ITEMS, VISIT OUR BOOKSELLER's HOMEPAGE. Bookseller Inventory # 00435

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Poems (First Edition)

Thaxter, Celia
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Book Description: Hurd and Houghton, New York, 1872. First Edition. First Edition. 12mo. Publisher's red cloth, with titles and rule in gilt on the front board, design and rule in blind on the rear board, no titles on the spine; all page edges gilt, reddish-brown coated endpapers. Very Good with some rubbing to the boards, slightly cocked. A very presentable copy overall. Bookseller Inventory # 117239

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Poems by Children . . . With Illustrations by Miss. A. G. Plympton.

THAXTER, CELIA.
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Book Description: Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, 1884., 1884. First edition. An uncommon work by Thaxter. 8vo, original pictorial green cloth, gilt lettering. Frontis, nine plates and 26 illustrations in the text. Text and illustrations printed in light brown. BAL 19891, binding A. Spine a little darkened; edges a little rubbed; offset to the title-page and frontis from the tissue guard; very good copy. Bookseller Inventory # 23766

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Idyls and Pastorals - a Home Gallery of Poetry and Art

Thaxter, Celia
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Book Description: D. Lothrop and Co., Boston, 1886. Decorative Cloth. Book Condition: Good. Thaxter, Celia (illustrator). 1st Ed, 1st Printing. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. ND on title page. '1886' copyright date. Very scarce copy with publishers "errata" slip "For twenty-four photogravures read twelve engravings." tipped in on title page. Hard bound in publisher's original red decorated cloth covers with black letters. 58 numbered pages. Illustrated throughout. All page ends finished and gilt. Spine ends and corners quite worn. Other extremities lightly rubbed. Foxing throughout. Some sun-fade on spine cover. Otherwise a tight, complete copy. Very scarce, indeed!. Bookseller Inventory # 007969

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Poems

Thaxter, Celia
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Book Description: Hurd and Houghton, New York, 1877. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Good. No Jacket. Later edition. 188 pages. With the SIGNATURE OF CELIA THAXTER tipped in on a small piece of paper before the second free front endpaper. Also included is a brief gift inscription to the previous owner, Flora M. Lamb, who may have been the same as who ran the Thomas Mosher Press after the death of Mosher. In GOOD+ condition with general fading to the covers, minor soiling, and some darkening to the spine. 1 ¾ inch vertical line of white paint present along the lower portion of the spine. Minor scuffing and bumping to the extremities. Inner text solid with very minor scattered soiling and general moderate darkening to the pages. Small newspaper clipping reviewing Thaxter's poetry collection laid in at the inside front cover. Solid copy of this work, with Celia Thaxter's signature tipped in, in GOOD+ condition. Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 002211

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Verses

Thaxter, Celia
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Book Description: D. Lothrop Company, Boston, MA, 1891. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good-. No Jacket. Illustrated (illustrator). 4to - over 11" - 13" Tall. unpaginated, green cloth covered boards w/gilt lettering on spine, book has stamped gilt & silver lettering on front cover w/stamped maroon flowers on silver cobweb in upper left corner, AEG (all edges gilt), illustrations black & white. The book contains a collection of twenty-five poems w/twenty-five full-page illustrations by famous artists by each poem. Howard Pyle illustrated The Emperor Commodus, William Taylor illustrated Lost, Kate Greenway illustrated Little Brown Maiden, Charles Volkmar illustrated Wild Duck, T.W. Wood illustrated Connoisseurs. some wear to edges, some soiling to the boards, prev owner wrote name on ffep. Bookseller Inventory # 021681

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STORIES AND POEMS FOR CHILDREN

Thaxter, Celia
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Book Description: 1895. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin and Company, 1895. Original light green cloth pictorially decorated in gilt, all page edges gilt. First Edition of this collection of juvenile tales and verse, published the year after Celia Thaxter's death, and edited (with a brief Preface by) Sarah Orne Jewett. Of the poems, the last thirteen listed appear here in book form for the first time; the others had appeared in earlier Thaxter books. Near-fine (one small rub on the front cover gilt). Blanck 19927. Bookseller Inventory # 11703

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Among the Isles of Shoals

Thaxter, Celia
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Book Description: James R. Osgood and Company, Boston, 1873. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: None, as Issued. First Edition. 16mo - over 5¾" - 6¾" tall. First edition, first printing of the author's scarce early work of prose; green cloth boards with bright gilt lettering; spine slightly cocked, with rubbing to top and bottom of spine, covers and edges with some light spotting; however, a very good copy; 4 b&w illustrations with tissue guards; text clean and tight with some brown spotting and a brown stain effecting the top page edges. No signatures or bookplates. The introduction states: "It is with reluctance that I suffer these fragmentary and inadequate sketches of the Isles of Shoals to appear in book form. Except that some account of the place, however slight, is so incessantly called for by people who throng these islands in summer, I should hardly venture to offer to the public so imperfect a chronicle, of which the most that can be said is, that it is, perhaps, better than nothing.". Bookseller Inventory # 000262

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