A Masque of Poets. Including Guy Vernon, A Novelette in Verse. (No Name Series). Emily Dickinson, George Parsons Lathrop.
A Masque of Poets. Including Guy Vernon, A Novelette in Verse. (No Name Series)
A Masque of Poets. Including Guy Vernon, A Novelette in Verse. (No Name Series)
A Masque of Poets. Including Guy Vernon, A Novelette in Verse. (No Name Series)
A Masque of Poets. Including Guy Vernon, A Novelette in Verse. (No Name Series)
A Masque of Poets. Including Guy Vernon, A Novelette in Verse. (No Name Series)
A Masque of Poets. Including Guy Vernon, A Novelette in Verse. (No Name Series)
A Masque of Poets. Including Guy Vernon, A Novelette in Verse. (No Name Series)

A Masque of Poets. Including Guy Vernon, A Novelette in Verse. (No Name Series)

Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1878.

First Edition. Hardcover. This 1878 first edition boasts the first poem by Emily Dickinson to be published in a book and the only poem published in book form during her lifetime; her poem "Success is counted sweetest" appears on page 174 as "Success," the last poem in the anthology before the novelette "Guy Vernon." Part of the "No Name Series" published by the Roberts Brothers, A Masque of Poets excludes all author names. The anonymity of the authors forced, as the New York Graphic reported, readers "to trust more to their own taste and judgment, and rely less on reputations." George Parsons Lathrop edited the anthology with the anonymous contributors including Louisa May Alcott, Sidney Lanier, Christina Rossetti, and Helen Hunt Jackson, the force behind the appearance of Dickinson's poem in the collection. Dickinson was reluctant to contribute, rarely publishing poems in her lifetime, with Jackson urging her on in both person and in letters, writing: "You are a great poet—and it is a wrong to the day you live in, that you will not sing aloud..." and "You say you find great pleasure in reading my verses...Let somebody somewhere whom you do not know have the same pleasure in reading yours." That song is still heard and the pleasure endures, now nearly 145 years later. An admittedly worn but sound and presentable first printing of this important book, a must for collectors of the work of this singular American poet.

Presents nicely in protective archival jacket. 6 3/4" X 4 5/8". 301pp, [ii]. Bound in black cloth over boards, with publisher's device and four-leaf clovers stamped in red to upper board, lettered in red, with spine lettered in gilt. Moderate wear to binding, with corners turned in, boards exposed at extremities, surface wear to boards, small bubble to cloth at rear board, and, most notably, losses to head and tail of spine, with 1 3/4" tear along head of spine at edge of upper board and 1/2" x 3/4" loss to head of spine. Front hinge tender, with hint of cracking at title page. Binding remains sound. Publisher's advertisements to endpapers. Lacking publisher's blue printed slip before the title, a note advertising how to credit the volume to editors reprinting poems included within. Pages are clean and unmarked. Illustrated in frontispiece of a four-leaf clover and finis vignette. Good. Item #10232

Price: $625.00

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