Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1896. First Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. A Fine, Superior, Beautiful copy of the first edition, first printing [with scattered light foxing within], in the RARE ORIGINAL DUST JACKET which shows only light wear and a bit of chipping — the ONLY COPY in the dust jacket that we ever have seen. The offsetting to the pastedowns and endpapers shows that this particular jacket is the ORIGINAL DUST JACKET. The viewer will notice, of course, that the dust jacket is plain as it is from the period when jackets were used not to market and sell the book but only to keep the book clean until put out for sale. Virtually all of the dust jackets for the book would have been discarded. Such jackets thus lacked the decoration one sees on later-published books and also often did not show one or all of the title, the author, or the publisher — all three being absent from this dust jacket, as the dust jacket's sole purpose was to keep the book clean until it was put out for sale. Thus, this book is RARE in a dust jacket, especially so in a jacket as nice as is this one and is a part of book publishing history, making it an important copy as well. The top and bottom edges of the closed page block are trimmed, the top edge is in gilt, and the leading edge us untrimmed. A QUITE SCARCE TO RARE copy as well as a COLLECTION-DISTINGUISHING COPY.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The author of the sonnets is anonymous, and is thought to be a male friend of Todd's. Todd, of course, also edited Emily Dickinson's Poems -- which were also published by Roberts Bros. in the same decade, also in plain jackets, as noted in correspondence of Todd and the publisher. But no jacket on Dickinson's books is known to survive. This book of sonnets may be the closest obtainable and comparable example of the jackets that Roberts Brothers used on Emily Dickinson's books. RARE INDEED. Fine / very good +. Item #3356