The Year’s at the Spring. L D'O Walters. Illustrated by Harry Clarke. NY: Brentano’s, 1920. First edition. ONE night as Dick lay half asleep, / Into his drowsy eyes / A great still light began to creep / From out the silent skies. / It was the lovely moon’s, for when / He raised his dreamy head. / Her rays of silver filled the pane / And streamed across his bed. / So, for awhile, each gazed at each — / Dick and the solemn moon — / Till, climbing slowly on her way. / She vanished, and was…
Night Falls on Siva’s Hill. Edward Thompson. New York: Dial Press, Lincoln Mac Veagh, 1929. First edition. Original dust jacket; art by Gerome Brush. “It concentrates on one of the key issues important to Briton’s in India at that time - social standing and acceptability in ‘proper’ society. The father figure himself had been forced to give up his own promising military career when he married what was regarded as an unsuitable woman.” – British Library
The Etude, April 1906. Cover art by Ada Brooke Drake (1874-1951). Woman playing religious music on the harp. “Bring up one set of musically gifted boys…on plantation melodies for a Cantus Firmus, and we will soon have a symphony which shall not be called American by its author, but which the public will spontaneously and enthusiastically acclaim as an ‘American Symphony.’ “ – Mr. Constantin von Sternberg
The Evil Men Do. Cortland Fitzsimmons. New York: Frederick A. Stokes, 1941. First edition. Original dust jacket; art by Martinot. “A smart antique shop is but a cover for notorious but elegant gambling rooms in the rear. Martinique, cold-blooded and ruthless, is the owner; his manager and his fish-eyed secretary are as unsavory as he. But Martinique makes a mistake when he draws into a diabolical plot a lovely young girl and her fiancé.”
The Violet Flame: Story of Armageddon and After. Fred T. Jane. Chicago, Laird & Lee, 1899. “This is a strange and weird tale of a general upheaval about to take place, and culminating in the destruction of the whole human race, except the hero and heroine, who are left behind to start anew the story of Adam and Eve. In spite of the dramatic ending, the book is full of modern lite and humor, and the interest centers in the city of London, in the first years of the coming century…”
The Private Life of Helen of Troy. John Erskine. Graphic Books, 1956. Cover art by Rudolph Belarski. Helen came to the young man with a goblet of wine in her hand, and said: “Who drinks of this wine, they say, forgets all his sorrows for ever. It comes from Egypt, where they know the secrets of herbs and drugs and charms, and there’s a magic in it!”
Erato was one of the nine Mousai (Muses), the goddesses of music, song and dance. Her name means “the lovely” or “beloved” from the Greek word eratos. In Classical times, when the Muses were assigned specific artistic spheres, she was named Muse of erotic poetry and mimic imitation and represented holding a lyre.
Anders Zorn (Swedish, 1860–1920). Mrs. Walter Rathbone Bacon (Virginia Purdy, died 1919), 1897. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Mrs. Walter Rathbone Bacon, in memory of her husband, 1917 (17.204) #dogs