Autograph Letter Signed / Autograph Quotation Signed.: DOLE, Nathan Haskell (1852-1935).

Autograph Letter Signed / Autograph Quotation Signed.

DOLE, Nathan Haskell (1852-1935).

From Main Street Fine Books & Mss, ABAA (Galena, IL, U.S.A.)

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This prolific American editor, author and translator (his 17 languages included Russian, French, Italian, Greek and Latin) was an intimate of Emerson, Whitman, Longfellow, Holmes, Bryant, Lowell, Howells, Whittier, Hale, Higginson and Howe -- among others. Two items: First, an ALS, 2pp (single leaf), 6" X 7", Jamaica Plain, MA, 1923 March 15. Addressed to Albert Johannsen (1871-1962), a University of Chicago geology professor who authored "The House of Beadle and Adams and Its Dime and Nickel Novels" (1950), the definitive reference work on the subject. Near fine. Amusing apology to an admirer, reading in part: "This morning I have been Schliemannizing my desk and there amongst the debris of many I have filed on top of one another I find your addrest envelop -- oddly enough with one end eaten or bitten off by Tempus edax rerum. That explains the rope with which it is bound. So now I copy off a bit of Pushkin -- which is not quite so good a translation as I with it were, tho it reproduces the rhythm of the original and perhaps gives a hint of its charm and simplicity." ("Tempus edax rerum" is a Latin phrase credited to Ovid: "Time, that devours all things.") Second, the aforementioned "bit of Pushkin," an AQS, 1p, 8½" X 11", n.p., n.y. Near fine. Titled "The Free Life of the Bird / (From the Russian of Alexander Pushkin)," the 4-stanza poem that follows is handsomely penned in rich brown ink, and is signed large in full by Dole at the conclusion. Poem begins: "Painful labors, grievous sorrows / Never on God's birdling rest, / And it fears no dark tomorrows, / Builds itself no lasting nest." Accompanied by Johannsen's original 8½" X 11" file folder, bearing a printed "Collection of Albert Johannsen" label (partly filled in by Johannsen). A delightful piece from this famed translator -- and a quite uncommon autograph. Bookseller Inventory # 26891

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