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George William Browning, Clinton, NY 1912 - Original boards, later plain cloth shelf- back, paper cover label (bit rubbed and soiled). Rebacked with plain cloth tape, inner hinges cracked, some offsetting from news clippings, boards somewhat rubbed; just a sound copy. "Second edition" (see below). A presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endsheet: "George C.Seymour with the best wishes of Thomas S. Jones, Jr." The settings for several poems have been identified in an unknown hand in pencil, and the full names of the initialed dedicatees for a couple of individual poems have also been written in the text. With the following items loosely-inserted or tipped-in: [1] a small 4pp. advertising leaflet/order form headed "Lyra Americana" for books offered for sale by Mr. Thomas Bird Mosher, Portland, Maine (1918) including a listing for "a few special sets of the POETICAL WORKS of Thomas S. Jones, Jr. [which] have been put into decorated slide cases"; annotated in ink by Jones: "Mr. Mosher's books are at Marshall Field's in Chicago."; [2] a 4-pp. leaflet titled "An Appreciation" by Jessie B. Rittenhouse concerning Jones' poetry, nicely reprinted by Mosher from the December 1917 issue of THE BOOKMAN (2 copies, one with marginal markings in ink); [3] a small broadside of a poem by Jones, "The Vigil / Louise Imogen Guiney", nicely produced by an unidentified printer, in the original mailing envelope addressed by the poet to Mrs. Flora Warner Seymour of Chicago (postmarked 17 March 1921); [4] Two autograph letters signed, 2 pages, 5" x 6 1/2", 150 Park Avenue, Utica, N.Y., "Sunday A.M." no date and 29 June 1914. From Jones to Mrs[?]. Seymour, apologizing that travel to the country had prevented an earlier reply, assuring her that "the 'Stars' [Stories?] came O.K.", and writing: "The poem is fine! I have been away two weeks in the Berkshires. . . . [Y]ou can understand I [sic] proud I am to be bound in levant. Thank you -- for this and many things."; [5] a manuscript draft, with corrections, of three quatrains of verse, written out by the poet on the verso of a sheet of letterhead from the Hotel Trenton, W.D. Troupe, Proprietor, Trenton Falls, N.Y., and with a second sheet of the same paper bearing a typed copy of the poem on its verso (also bearing handwritten corrections), bearing the title in manuscript, "At the White Gate To the Memory of Michael Fairless" at the top. The poem begins: "It is not far, the life of adoration, / For all about its many symbols lie; / Each dawn has known the mystic elevation, / And twilight burns pale tapers in the sky."; [6] several related news or magazine cuttings and a portion of an illustrated Christmas card [pasted-in]; and [7] a broadside printing of Jones' poem, "In Excelsis," tipped-in opposite its place on p. 8 of the text. Thomas Samuel Jones, Jr. (1882- 1932); prolific American poet, writer and editor, worked for several years at the NEW YORK TIMES. The third edition of THE VOICE IN THE SILENCE, adding an introduction by James Lane Allen, was published by Mosher in 1915 in his "Lyra Americana Series." Mosher also published a fourth edition of the book in 1917 (dropping two poems and adding several others), and a fifth edition in 1919 (adding four sonnets at the end). See Bishop 430 (which states that the second edition was published by G.W. Browning in "1913"), 431 & 431.1.
      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Literature, ABAA]
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