[inscribed to Helena deKay Gilder] and Other Tales. Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1893. 6 pp undated ads. Original green cloth decorated in gilt.
First Edition of this collection of eight tales from the coast of Maine. This is a very good copy (spine dulled with very slight wear at the head, front endpaper hinge reinforced with matching fabric tape). Blanck 10902.
THIS COPY IS INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR, "To Mrs Gilder with best regards from Sarah O. Jewett Boston Dec 13th 1893". Furthermore, this volume bears the small booklabel "R.W. Gilder."
Richard Watson Gilder (1844-1909), after being a Union soldier in the Civil War, became a minor poet but a major editor (ultimately the managing editor of Scribner's Monthly); he was also a close friend of the Scottish writer George MacDonald, helping to organize his American tour in the 1870s. His wife, to whom this book is inscribed, was the former Helena de Kay (1846-1916) -- a talented painter, and a founder of the Society of American Artists. She modeled for, and was said to have been a love interest of, Winslow Homer. Later Wallace Stegner, in his 1971 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel ANGLE OF REPOSE, would controversially base the characters Thomas and Augusta Hudson on Gilder and de Kay. Item #13492