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Kate Douglas Wiggin Collection II
1924. . Kate Douglas Wiggin was the author of numerous children's books, notably, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm; she also founded the first free kindergarten in San Francisco, and devoted much of her working life to children's welfare and charities. While Wiggin's book's attract great interest and attention this collection provides might greater personal insight and association with this charming author. A great opportunity for any Kate Douglas Wiggin new or existing fan to enhance their Wiggin collection. This Kate Douglas Wiggin collection consists of 17 items dating from 1893 to 1924; 8 Autographed Letters Signed (ALS), 4 Signed Books, 1 photo (signed) and 4 Ephemera. 8 ALS; • ALS (2 pp.) to Mr. MacPhail, 23 May ?, inviting him to dinner with reference to their meeting in Edinburgh. • ALS (1 p.) ND, to Mrs. Williams, Wednesday Bronxville, declining an invitation: "Everyone can come to your reception save the Doomed Woman who pens these lines. She is ill in bed. Give my ice, my sandwich, my punch, even my welcome, to a luckier person & believe me… Please give the welcome to Mrs. Fenellosa.". • ALS addressed Dear Sir, 26 January 1896, re her sketch, just written, "Tale of a Self-Made Cat". • ALS (4 pp.) to Mrs. Blaikie, 8 January 1898, whether a soup bowl and spoon are English or Scottish, Wiggins mentions a mistake she made in one of her recent works. • ALS (4 pp.) to H.G. Jacobs, 15 October 1913, re his harsh review of The Story of Waitstill Baxter: "The book itself we will not discuss, for if an author cannot beguile a reader into interest she certainly cannot browbeat him into a different attitude of mind.". • ALS (2 pp.) to Mrs. Burlie, n.d., thanking her for the information, liking two men at a tea, and her lame left ankle. • 2 ALS to Wiggin from Joseph Parker (English theologian), 31 May [1894] and 19 June 1894, re meeting her ("Just home from Scotland… we are both longing to see you. Come soon."). 4 Books (signed); • A Cathedral Courtship and Penelope's English Experiences (New York: Grosset & Dunlap, copyright 1893), light green cloth, slight tear at bottom of the spine, signed on front free endpaper, with signed quotation on the front pastedown in Wiggin's hand from • The Birds' Christmas Carol (London: Gay and Bird, 1894), popular ed., paper boards, quarter brown gold cloth, paper pieces missing on the sides, signed presentation copy for Lady Moray at Edinburgh, May 1897. • Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1904), dark green pictorial cloth, signed on front free endpaper by S. [Solomon] Guggenheim, the American businessman, art collector and philanthropist, on 29 February 1904, with a signed card on the front pastedown: "`Never forget that your | mother was a McGrill!' | Mrs. Ruggles | Kate Douglas Wiggin | The Birds Christmas Carol". • Susanna and Sue (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1909), first edition, blue pictorial cloth in very good condition, in slightly chipped jacket, signed card pasted to the front free endpaper. 1 Photo (signed) • Signed oval photo of Wiggins, ND, ("To Mr. & Mrs. Nichols | from their neighbor | Kate Douglas Wiggin") within a separated wrapper (A Remembrance of Happy Days) which has crude pencil drawings on it. 4 Ephemera; • The Rebecca-Calendar (New York: Sully and Kleinteich, 1916). Approx. 60 leaves, red cord ties. Illus. with colour plate on cover by F.C. Yohn and with 2-colour illus. on text pages. • The Rebecca-Calendar (New York: Sully and Kleinteich, 1918). Approx. 60 leaves, cord ties. Illus. with colour plate on cover and with 2-colour illus. on text pages, 3 small pieces missing from the paper covers, slight water residue spots on the covers. • Frances Hodgson Burnett, Kate Douglas Wiggin. A Sketch of Her Life; with an Appreciation (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, [192?]), pamphlet, wire-stitched. • Broadside advertisement for dramatization of "The Old Peabody Pew" based on her novel given at the Unitarian Church, Kennebunk, Maine, by the ladies of the parish, 19 August 1924. This collection is on consignment with LDRB.
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