Poems of a Lifetime. With an Introduction by her Niece Martha Dickinson Bianchi. Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1914. Original white paper-covered boards with white cloth spine.
First (and only) Edition of the fourth collection of Emily Dickinson's verse. This copy is from the first (1914) printing, which consisted of a mere 595 copies; there was a second printing of 293 more copies the following year, but that was it. After Emily died in 1886, her sister Lavinia asked their brother's wife Susan to edit and collect the poems that Emily had written on scraps of paper and squirreled away in her bedroom; however, Susan was slow at this task, and Lavinia gave the project -- which became three separate volumes -- to Mabel Loomis Todd instead (the woman with whom Susan's husband Austin had been having a years-long affair!). These SINGLE HOUND poems were those that "Aunt Emily" sent periodically across the lawn to her "Sister Sue" (actually sister-in-law) at The Evergreens, Emily's brother Austin's home next door in Amherst; thus they were not among the ones posthumously discovered in Emily's bedroom, and one can imagine that Susan had no desire to hand hers over to Mabel. Susan Huntington Gilbert Dickinson died in 1913, soon after which her daughter put together this fourth collection of Emily's poems and provided the lengthy Introduction.~This is an attractive copy, fine except for very light soil on the white boards. The book was issued without a dust jacket -- only with an unprinted glassine wrapper and open-spine box (neither present). Tough to find in any better condition. Myerson A5.1.a; Blanck 4669. Item #13935