Phillips Library Advent Calendar, December 11

Cover and Title Page, The Snow Image and Other Twice Told Tales, 1899

Cover and Title Page, The Snow Image and Other Twice Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1899, Inscribed as a Christmas Gift in 1900

Hawthorne published two volumes of Twice-Told Tales, one in 1837 and the second in 1842.  In the preface to this book he writes that the tales are new and had not previously appeared in book form.  The story of interest for this post is The Snow Image:  A Childish Miracle, one of Hawthorne’s few stories that deal with fantasy and the creation of an imaginary person. Read more

Phillips Library Advent Calendar, December 10

Frontispiece and Title Page, Cloud Crystals, A Snow Flake Album

Frontpiece and Title Page, Cloud Crystals: A Snow-Flake Album Collected and Edited by a Lady, 1864

Cloud Crystals includes twenty-seven leaves of plates of snowflake images, such as that pictured above.  Viewing these plates reminded me of a visit to the Snowflake Bentley Museum in Jericho, Vermont, in which many of Wilson A. Bentley’s photographs of snowflakes are housed.  The last poem in Cloud Crystals, which celebrates snowflakes and the viewing and sharing of the plates included in the text, reminded me of Bentley. Read more

Phillips Library Advent Calendar, December 9

Selections from the Hesperides & Noble Numbers of Robert Herrick, With Drawings by Edwin A. Abbey

Selections from the Hesperides & Noble numbers of Robert Herrick, With Drawings by Edwin A. Abbey

Robert Herrick was a 17th century, English lyric poet, author of one of the most famous first lines of poetry, Gather ye rosebuds while ye may.  In his preface to the text shown above, Austin Dobson wrote that Herrick allows the reader to become spectators of a country-life.   Read more