Amherst: [privately printed], 1883. First edition. Original printed brown wrappers, 7.63 x 5.38 inches, 44 pages, untrimmed. Item #20264
The first book from the eventual editor of Emily Dickinson’s poems, published in a small edition, with much here in the plot suggestive of parallels to the developing love affair between Todd and Emily’s brother Austin. (Emily Dickinson herself seems to have noted these parallels in these characters and been aware of the liaison between the two; see for instance a note in Elizabeth Phillips’s Emily Dickinson: Personae and Performance. Pennsylvania State University Press, 1988.) Wright III, 5504. Contemporary ink ownership signature on the upper wrapper of W. L. Shoemaker dated 1883 (presumably the signature of Dr. William Shoemaker, a friend to the Loomis family; see the finding aid to the Loomis-Wilder Family Papers at Yale).