Maria Howard Weeden Collection of six items. Her four published books and two bound hand-illuminated manuscript poems
by Weeden, Maria Howard; Adams, [Sarah Flower]; Lunt, George
Stolz, Doubleday & McClure, Doubleday Page. Weeden, Maria Howard. Maria Howard Weeden Collection of six items. Her four published books and two bound hand-illuminated manuscript poems. Adams, [Sarah Flower]; Lunt, George. New York: Stolz, Doubleday & McClure, Doubleday Page, 1898-1904. First editions. Illustrated. 8vo and 4to. Cloth & 3/4 leather with gilt lettering. Signed by author. Book condition: 1. Shadows on the Wall, NY: M. Stolz, 1898. 1st edition. Octavo. Gray cloth with gilt lettering. In fair condition with soiled covers, bumped edges, text block detached from binding, many loose pages, and small glue spots on copyright and dedication pages where missing items were once mounted. Clipped mounted autographs of Weeden on front pastedown and under her mounted photographic portrait on verso of dedication page. Also inscribed to sister Kate on verso of front free endsheet in the year of publication. 2. Bandana Ballads, NY: Doubleday & McClure, 1901, 1st edition, Octavo. Gray cloth with gilt lettering and top edge, and portrait silhouette on cover embossed in black, white and gilt. In fair condition with light soiling, rubbed and bumped edges, broken front hinge and loose sewing. A piece of masking tape with "Mrs. Ben L. [Kate] Bibb written on it is attached to front pastedown. Front flyleaf is signed by Mary Weeden and Howard Weeden's signature appears on half-title. Importantly, seven of the 23 subjects are identified in Weeden's hand under their portraits! 3. Songs of the Old South, NY: Doubleday Page, 1901, 1st edition, Octavo. Gray cloth with gilt lettering and mounted color plate on cover. Good ex-library copy with small black numerals on spine, Huntsville Library stamp on front free endsheet, brief notes on title page, former owner's bookplate on front pastedown, and soft hinges with a few cello tape stains where someone attempted to strengthen them. 4. Old Voices, NY: Doubleday, Page, 1904, 1st edition, Quarto, Brown cloth with black and gilt embossing, and mounted portrait on cover. In good condition with bumped edges and weak hinges. Rear hinge is cracked but holding. "M. Weeden Bibb" is written on front free endsheet (probably Mary Weeden Bibb). 5. Nearer My God to Thee by [Sarah Flower] Adams, small quarto in 3/4 red leather binding over brown pebbled cloth covered boards with gilt stamped black leather label mounted on cover. The poem is dedicated to Weeden's husband, John D. Weeden. It is calligraphically rendered by Kate Weeden and illuminated in brilliant color by Howard Weeden. A total of seven beautiful detailed illuminated and gilded images. 6. Pilgrim Song by George Lunt. Small quarto in 3/4 brown leather over brown pebbled cloth boards with gilt stamped leather label on cover, marbled endsheets, and leaves sturdily bound using cloth hinges. The poem is illustrated with five elegant and vivid illuminations by Weeden, including title page and tailpiece, with lettering almost certainly done by her sister Kate. Signed by Miss Howard Weeden on first leaf and by Kate Weeden on the second. This collection consists of first editions of Weeden's four books and two handmade, hand illuminated books. In the late 1800s, Weeden interviewed emancipated slaves and drew their portraits. Biographical vignettes of their stories were composed into verse, that accompanied her portraits in these books published between 1898 and 1904. The two hand-made and illuminated books are unique creations. They are exquisite in detail and coloring and must be seen. Most noteworthy within the published works is the copy of Bandana Ballads which identifies seven subjects with full names. Sadly, the biographical poems are identified only by first names in print. Weeden's ancestors were plantation owners. One of the subjects bears the last name Weeden. . 1898-1904.
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