11 October 2002
[LOWELL, Amy (1874-1925)]. Dream Drops or Stories from Fairy Land. By A Dreamer. Boston: Printed for the Author by Cupples and Hurd, .
Small 8o. Title-page printed in red and black. Original white cloth-backed floral muslin boards, top edge gilt (some slight soiling to spine). Provenance: Elizabeth Lowell, co-author and Amy Lowell's sister (presentation inscription).
FIRST EDITION OF LOWELL'S FIRST BOOK. PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY LOWELL TO HER CO-AUTHOR AND SISTER on the front flyleaf: "Bessie with love & a Merry Xmas from Amy. Christmas 1887." One of 99 copies bound in floral muslin from an edition of 250. This is BAL's issue B, with four pages of flyleaves at front and back watermarked "Derby Mills Royal Linen," no priority; cancels as usual.
In 1887 the Perkins Institution and Massachusetts School for the Blind scheduled the second Faneuil Hall Fair as a fundraiser for their kindergarten. Katherine Lowell decided to produce a book based on a manuscript her 13-year old daughter Amy Lawrence Lowell was writing for the benefit of the Fair. Amy contributed six stories, the balance of the text coming from her sister Elizabeth ("Bessie") and Mrs. Lowell herself. The Fair was cancelled, but the School held a bazaar, at which copies of Dream Drops were sold for the benefit of the Perkins Institution. BAL 12960; Seven Gables First Books 181. A VERY FINE LOWELL FAMILY ASSOCIATION..
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