Antique Edition of Poems by Emily Dickinson circa 1915
The pedigree of honey Does not concern the bee; A clover, any time, to him Is aristocracy. Emily Dickinson
Emily Dickson (1830-1886) needs no formal introduction. She's one of the most famous poets to emerge from 1800s America. Since then she remains a beloved literary figure around the world.
Aside from her incredible talent with words, Emily, known as an "eccentric" during her life, was a complicated person with an affinity for flowers, gardening, bread baking, and what historians assume was a romantic relationship with her brother's wife.
Even though she only published 10 poems professionally throughout her life, she penned a collection of over 1800 poems, a gigantic volume of papers discovered only after her death. Both during her life and posthumously, her words were edited by friends near to her to fit within the modern vernacular and sentiment of Victorian times. Incidentally, some of the most dynamic phrasings of Emily's work come in the first stanzas of her poems, which were mostly untouched by editors.
This volume of her poems was published in 1915, by Little Brown & Company twenty-nine years after Emily's death. it is part of the edited work completed by her friend Mabel Loomis Todd and literary scholar T.W. Higginson, as all published writings of her work have been in the past two centuries, until the 2005 Harvard University Press book The Poems of Emily Dickinson by R.W. Franklin, was published showcasing, for the first -time her unedited words.
Even though the world only knew edited versions - title additions, slight changes to possessive words and pronouns, some modification of rhyming sequences - Emily's unique voice still thankfully takes hold of the reader by capturing unique associations and phrasing. What is especially lovely about this antique edition, is the simple presentation and the gorgeous typeset of the book itself. Plain, elegant and universally appealing aesthetic-wise, this 105-year-old volume is a beauty just like the words of its author.
- Light grey cover boards with gold titling on the spine with a botanical flower
- 152 pages
In lovely antique condition. The coverboards contain some soil marks as common with age and the back contains a light water-ring mark. The interior is very clean and bright with unmarked pages and just a few random forcing marks scattered here and there on a couple of pages. The spine is tightly bound and all pages are intact, but you can see where one section of the book is starting to pull away from the spine at pages 28 and 29. Please see photo.
Measures 4.5" inches (lwidth) x 7" inches (length) x .75" inches (thickness)