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Lindsay, Vachel
THE GOLDEN BOOK OF SPRINGFIELD (SIGNED); (Long, powerful inscription)
Macmillan, 1920. First Edition(s). Hardcover(s) in Custom Box. (Two copies in custom double-tray box, one near fine in very good dustjacket (a bit of edgewear), the other copy, bearing the incredible inscription,lacking rear board and much of the cloth once covering the book's spine. The poor copy is the one -- essentially an author-designated "limited edition", which bears Vachel Lindsay's lengthy, and deeply personal, two-page (i.e., to nobody in particular) inscription on the front pastedown and front free endpapers, which reads, in part: "Of the last 100 copies of the first edition, this is number 54", going on for ten more handwritten lines to offer deep comment about life, literature, and his then-recent relocation to Spokane, Washington. Between 1924 and 1928 Lindsay stayed in Spokane essentially as a "Poet-in-Residence" living in the Davenport Hotel. This copy probably owned by Lucy M.C. Robinson, (wife of Lindsay's cousin James H. Robinson) who, on a subsequent page gifted, inscribed and signed it, in green ink, to a Myrtle Danforth. Additionally (presumably in Robinson's green ink, as well), several paragraphs are neatly bracketed throughout, the first mentioning that E.S.Frazee was grandfather to both Vachel Lindsay and her husband. FABULOUS INSCRIPTION! Near Fine. Once one of the most popular poets in America, Nicholas Vachel Lindsay was, arguably, America's first "Performance Poet", whose flamboyantly theatrical readings have been described as being in "a ragtime manner", a style which Lindsay himself referred to as "higher vaudeville recitation". Lindsay was t … [Click Below for Full Description]
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