Celia Thaxter - Poems, 1885

Celia Thaxter (Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 1835 - 1894, Appledore Island, Isle of Shoals, Maine)

Poems, 1885

Printed ink on paper with watercolor drawings , 15.2 x 11.4 x 2.2 cm (6 x 4 1/2 x 7/8 in.)

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(Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 1835 - 1894, Appledore Island, Isle of Shoals, Maine)

Object details

Accession number

10.b.1.1

Creators

Full title

Poems

Creation Date

1885

Language

English

Publication Place

Boston

Binding Description

brown calfskin; gilt stamped crest; gilded lettering on spine; gilded edges; marbled end pages

Description

vii, 188 p. ; 15 cm. (HathiTrust rec. #008657492)

Provenance


Gift from author Celia Thaxter (1835-1894) to Isabella Stewart Gardner on 14 March 1885.

Marks

Inscribed in black ink (on title page) in Isabella Stewart Gardner's hand: I.S. GardnerIllustrated with watercolor drawings by the author.Enclosed: Note from Celia Thaxter, 1885 (ARC.009898) Enclosed: Letter to F. Marion Crawford (1854-1909) from Celia Thaxter (1835-1894), 20 March 1883 (ARC.005563)
 

Dimensions

15.2 x 11.4 x 2.2 cm (6 x 4 1/2 x 7/8 in.)

Display Media

Printed ink on paper with watercolor drawings

Web Commentary

The author Celia Thaxter hand painted watercolor illustrations in this copy of her 1885 book of poems. Living most of her life on the Isles of Shoals, Thaxter drew inspiration from her coastal environment. Her home on Appledore Island was a gathering place for many literary and artistic luminaries of the day, including Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Sarah Orne Jewett, and Childe Hassam.Isabella displayed this book of poetry along with Thaxter’s collection Driftweed in the Blue Room.

Permanent Gallery Location

Blue Room

Bibliography

Isabella Stewart Gardner. A Choice of Books from the Library of Isabella Stewart Gardner, Fenway Court (Boston, 1906), p. 67. ("...illustrated with water-color illustrations by the author")

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Commentary

The author Celia Thaxter hand painted watercolor illustrations in this copy of her 1885 book of poems. Living most of her life on the Isles of Shoals, Thaxter drew inspiration from her coastal environment. Her home on Appledore Island was a gathering place for many literary and artistic luminaries of the day, including Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Sarah Orne Jewett, and Childe Hassam.Isabella displayed this book of poetry along with Thaxter’s collection Driftweed in the Blue Room.