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Gift to Anne Gilchrist of a white china drinking vessel.
New Jersey, 187-?, 1828. A LOVELY GIFT FROM WALT WHITMAN TO ANNE GILCHRIST, ABOUT WHOM HE WROTE: "MORTALITY NEVER ENCLOSED A MORE BEAUTIFUL SPIRIT"[WHITMAN, Walt]. GILCHRIST, ANNE (1828-1885), one of the first great critics of Leaves of Grass. A lovely Victorian white china drinking vessel, 6 inches tall, with red transfer image of a juvenile garden nymph with wings, holding a shovel by the handle, gazing at, or offering as a gift, a garden flower (a lilac?), the circular base with a thin blue line around it. N.p., n.d. [given as a present, presumably between late 1876 and April 1878, or, possibly end of May 1879]. $2500.00 A beautiful drinking vessel, in perfect condition. Accompanied by two small hand-written cards, one reading: "Given to Anne Gilchrist by Walt Whitman," the other "Authenticated by Mary O. Davis Whitman's Housekeeper for seven years."Provenance: From the Harriet C. Sprague Whitman collection, Sprague being a correspondent and friend of Mary O. Davis. A gift of extreme importance as an indication of the close connection between Whitman and Gilchrist. "Mrs. Gilchrist first heard of Whitman's poetry from [William Michael] Rossetti, and believed she had found in the verse a poet and man after her own heart. Her enthusiasm produced an exchange of messages through Rossetti...."-Lewis M. Stark and John D. Gordan, compilers, Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass. A Centenary Exhibition form the Lion Whitman Collection and the Berg Collection … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Howard S. Mott, Inc [United States]
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