The Country of the Pointed Firs (Presentation copy)

(Item #5264) The Country of the Pointed Firs (Presentation copy). Sarah Orne Jewett.
The Country of the Pointed Firs (Presentation copy)
The Country of the Pointed Firs (Presentation copy)
The Country of the Pointed Firs (Presentation copy)
The Country of the Pointed Firs (Presentation copy)
The Country of the Pointed Firs (Presentation copy)
The Country of the Pointed Firs (Presentation copy)
Inscribed by the author to a famed landscape painter and friend, with whom she exchanged work and whose paintings hung in the home she shared with Annie Fields
The Country of the Pointed Firs (Presentation copy)

Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin and Company, 1896. First edition. A lovely Near Fine copy of the book with just slight discoloration to the cloth, most notably at the spine. A presentation copy inscribed by the author to the famed American landscape painter of her region, with whom she regularly corresponded and even exchanged writing and artworks: "J. Appleton Brown from S. O. Jewett 1 December 1896 (Hush Money)." Housed in a custom slipcase with chemise.

It is highly appropriate that Sarah Orne Jewett presented her friend J. Appleton Brown with The Country of the Pointed Firs. "Long recognized as Jewett's masterpiece, even as the masterpiece of the local color movement" it continues to captivate readers with "the period portrait it presents of the Maine coast" (Magowan). Though Jewett conducted her art in words and her friend in images, the two had landscape in common. Among her works, Firs is especially pastoral, and "as a dream or wish the pastoral finds satisfaction in the sensual contours of what can only be described as female landscape" inhabited by mother-daughter relationships and defined by their spatial separation from the world of men (Magowan). Brown, famed for his North Eastern landscapes, even presented examples of his work to Jewett and her partner Annie Fields -- pieces which the women hung prominently in their bedroom in South Berwick and which Jewett discussed with him in their extensive correspondence (Coe College). His wife Agnes Bartlett Brown, also a local painter, was a member of the women's circle in both Boston and Newburyport.
Near Fine (Item #5264)

Price: $2,500

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