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LATHROP, ROSE HAWTHORNE (Mother Mary Alphonsa)
Boston: Ticknor & Company, 1888. First Edition. 16mo (5 x 6). pp. 104. INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR, NOW A CATHOLIC SERVANT OF GOD AND OF THIS WRITING CURRENTLY ON THE PATH TO SAINTHOOD. Arts and Crafts binding design in gold on blue-green cloth of a collage of shells and seaweed that includes a starfish, mollusk shells (both gastropods and bivalves) and seaweed that surrounds a central panel containing the titles. Single rule border. Spine has titles and a repeat of the shell and seaweed motif with a single rule border all in gold. Handmade paper, t.e.g. The author's first published work. A miscellaneous collection of melancholy poems that include songs, ballads, sonnets and society verse. Inscribed by the author on the half title: "Most cordially, but unmercifully, from Rose H. Lathrop". The use of "unmercifully" may refer to the darkness of the poems contained within the book.The dainty and charming cover design is emblematic of the poem, "The Shell and the Word", as well as a number of other poems in the book that refer to the sea as a means of expressing the infinite. The lettering on the cover design was certainly influenced by Sarah Wyman Whitman's inscriptional lettering even if we cannot say with any certainty that the work is hers: the title lettering includes "A"s with a flat-topped apex, the use of single serifs and high-waisted letters throughout. The lettering and design also has a hand-wrought quality that is reminiscent of Mrs. Whitman's work, but there are differences in the lettering and in the nature of the design that makes one question whether or not the wor … [Click Below for Full Description]
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