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RALPH FLETCHER SEYMOUR
 
Ralph Fletcher Seymour (March 18, 1876 – January 1, 1966). While working for the J. Manz Engraving Company, Ralph Fletcher Seymour began designing and publishing his own books in his spare time. The first book Seymour produced on his own was completed in 1897, featuring John Keats’ "Ode to Melancholy". He hand-lettered the text and designed the small book to imitate old wood block books. His second was "Three Merry Old Tales" 1898, based on "Shakespeare Jest Book". For his third, he chose Browning’s "Sonnets from the Portuguese." 1899. In 1900 he took over space in the Fine Arts Building from Charles Francis Browne. In October 1900 he published his fourth book, "The Eve of St. Agnes", by John Keats. Illustrated and lettered by hand, and printed in two colors. This volume included six illustrations by Seymour plus one customized illustration accompanied by his signature. Frank Lloyd Wright worked with Seymour in 1911 after his return from Europe. Seymour published "The Morality of Woman and Other Essays" Key, "Love and Ethics" Key, 1912, and "The Torpedo under the Ark" also by Key in 1912. That same year he also published Wright’s "The Japanese Print: An Interpretation". He continued publishing books until his death when he was hit by a car walking home early morning New Year’s Day 1966, at the age of 89. For additional information concerning Seymour work, see the "Caxtonian" May 2011.
 
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1895
   
Date: C 1895

Title: Ralph Fletcher Seymour etching, Bookplate for Nancy Lincoln Binner, Circa 1895.

Description: Proof for an etched bookplate for Nancy Lincoln Binner. "One gift the Fairies gave me, the love of books; the Golden Key that opens the Enchanted Door." Nancy Lincoln Binner - Her Book - Taken from the poem by Andrew Lance, "Ballade of the Bookworm." 1888. "Far in the Past I peer, and see; A Child upon the Nursery floor, A Child with books upon his knee, Who asks, like Oliver, for more! The number of his years is IV, And yet in Letters hath he skill, How deep he dives in Fairy-lore! The Books I loved, I love them still! One gift the Fairies gave me: (Three; They commonly bestowed of yore); The Love of Books, the Golden Key; That opens the Enchanted Door; Behind it Bluebeard lurks, and o'er; And o'er doth Jack his Giants kill, And there is all Aladdin's store,– The Books I loved, I love them still! Take all, but leave my Books to me! These heavy creels of old we bore; We fill not now, nor wander free, Nor wear the heart that once we wore; Not now each River seems to pour; His waters from the Muses' hill; Though something's gone from stream and shore, The Books I loved, I love them still!" Pulled from an etched copper plate, red ink. Etched in plate, lower right corner: "Ralph Fletcher Seymour."

Size: Etching: 3.75 x 5.5. Paper: 7 x 9.

S#:
0018.40.0517
   
1898
   
(Title Page)
 
(Illustration Example)
Date: 1898

Title: Poems on Mont Blanc and Switzerland (Soft Cover) (Illustrated by Ralph Fletcher Seymour. Published by Earhart & Richardson, Cincinnati, Ohio; Philip M Justice, London, England)

Author: Fisher, Wm. Hubbell

Description: Seymour most likely arrived in Chicago no later than 1896 (Caxton, p. 10) at the age of around 20. He worked for J. Manz Engraving Co., first as an apprentice and then full time. On the side, Seymour published his first book in 1897, and formed his own publishing company in 1900. He also freelance other design work such as this volume in 1897, designing the cover and 20 illustrations. Published in 1898, and Fisher’s dedication dated February 1, 1898, most of the illustrations appear to be dated 1897. Each poem is surrounded by one of Seymour’s illustrations. Stiff paper cover. Top and sides are trimmed, bottom uncut. Bound at the spine with string. Possibly one of the author’s personal copies. Hand written on cover: "Return at your convenience, W. H. F." 7.4 x 9.9

Size:

Pages: Pp 24

S#: 0032.14.1113

   
Date: 1898

Title: Three Merry Old Tales

Description: Second book published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, based on "Shakespeare Jest Book".

   
1899
   
(Title Page)
 
(Example Spread)

Date: 1899

Title: Sonnets from the Portuguese. With an introduction by Frank W. Gunsaulus. (Hard Cover) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Chicago. "This book is number 323 of an edition limited to 505 copies. 15 of which are printed upon imperial Japan Vellum Paper & 490 upon Dutch Hand-made, toned paper. Printed during the autumn of 1899 in Chicago, by Marsh & Grant, from plates made from drawings of each page; which were lettered & designed by Ralph Fletcher Seymour.")

Author: Browning, Elizabeth Barrett

Description: Written circa 1845–1846, they were first published in 1850. It is a collection of 44 love sonnets written by Elizabeth Barrett Browning leading up to her 1846 marriage to Robert Browning. The third book published by Seymour. " Dr. Gunsaulus suggested a sequence of immortal love sonnets for my third book and offered to write an introduction. He coached me on how to sell the books, told me how to produce an announcement of its publication an how to enlarge on its unique quality of hand lettered pages. It took me months of nights to letter the Sonnets From the Portuguese and his ample introduction but it was finally completed, plates made, the printing and binding done. The production cost greatly exceeded my resources. I could see no way of meeting them; I thought I was ruined. Dr. Gunsaulus has asked for a few hundred of the announcements at the time they were printed. I had forgotten to enquire what he wanted them for... They had responded in this instance by almost buying out the edition... By this almost magical transaction I became a solvent book-man." "Some Went this Way," Seymour, 1945, p.45. Top edge trimmed, others uncut. Pages in three color, black, red and dark green. Signed by the publisher. Original list price $2.50, vellum $10. (First Edition)

Size: 6.25 x 9.25

Pages: Pp 44

S#: 0036.06.0415

   
Date: 1899

Title: Father Goose, His Book. Author of "Mother Goose in Prose." Pictures by Wm. W. Denslow. "All the pages of verse in Father Goose, His Book have been hand-lettered by Ralph Fletcher Seymour." (Hard Cover) (Published by Geo. M. Hill Co., Publishers)

Author: Baum, L. Frank

Description: First published September 25th, 1899. Sixth Edition, October 1900. Introduction: "There is a fascination in the combination of jingling verse and bright pictures that always appeals strongly to children. The ancient ‘Mother Goose Book’ had these qualities, and for nearly two centuries the cadences of its rhymes have lingered in the memories of men and women who learned them in childhood. The author and illustrator of ‘Father Goose’ have had no intent to imitate or parody the famous verse and pictures of ‘Mother Goose.’ They own to having followed, in modern fashion, the plan of the book that pleased children ages ago - and still pleases them. These are newer jingles and pictures for children of to-day, and intended solely to supplement the nursery rhymes of our ancestors." Note: In 1897, Frank Lloyd Wright Client Chauncey Williams, Way & Williams, published "Mother Goose," by Baum, a collection of twenty-two children's stories based on Mother Goose nursery rhymes. It was the first book written by L. Frank Baum, and the first book illustrated by Maxfield Parrish. (Sixth Edition)

Size:  8.75 x 11.1

Pages: Pp (103)

S#: 0036.08.0216

   
1900
   

(First Title Page)

 

(Second Title Page)

Date: 1900

Title: The Eve of St. Agnes. A Poem by John Keats with a preface written for it by Edmund Gosse. This books is No. 369 of an Edition Limited to 800 copies made upon L.L. Brown’s H.M. paper 20 copies upon Japan vellum paper & 4 copies upon genuine parchment - printed in Chicago by R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co. From plates made from drawings fro each page - designed & lettered by Ralph Fletcher Seymour. (Hard Cover) (Published at The Fine Arts Building Michigan Avenue Chicago Illinois USA, by Ralph Fletcher Seymour.)

Author: Keats, John

Description: In 1897 the Chicago Arts & Crafts Society was formed at the Hull House, Wright being one of the founding members. Seymour’s work was strongly influenced by the Arts & Crafts movement. The first book Seymour produced on his own was completed in 1897, featuring John Keats’ Ode to Melancholy. He hand-lettered the text and designed the small book to imitate old wood block books. His second was "Three Merry Old Tales" 1898, based on "Shakespeare Jest Book". For his third, he chose Browning’s "Sonnets from the Portuguese." 1899. In 1900 he took over space in the Fine Arts Building from Charles Francis Browne. In October 1900 he published this, his fourth book. Seymour dedicated this volume to Mrs. Fanny R. Lupton. Illustrated and lettered by hand, and printed in two colors. Decorative two page designed title page in black and brown, followed by a second single page title page. Wright worked with Seymour in 1911 after his return from Europe. Seymour published "The Morality of Woman and Other Essays" Key, "Love and Ethics" Key, 1912, and The Torpedo under the Ark" also by Key in 1912. That same year he also published Wright’s "The Japanese Print: An Interpretation". In an article concerning Seymour’s work, published in the "Inland Printer", June 1901, Wallace Rice wrote, "...The crown of all this work was issued during the year just closed in the form of a strictly limited edition of Keat’s The Eve of St. Agnes. For additional information concerning Seymour work, see the "Caxtonian" May 2011. This volume includes six illustrations by Seymour plus one customized illustration accompanied by his signature. Original list price $2.50. (First Edition)

Size: 5.8 x 9.1

Pages: Pp 63 (Unnumbered)

S#: 0041.13.0613

   
Date: 1900

Title: The Inland Printer - November 1900 (Published monthly by the Inland Printer Company, Chicago)

Author: 1) Seymour, Ralph Fletcher    2) Way, W. Irving

Description: 1) Cover designed by Ralph Fletcher Seymour. It also includes and example of a decorative Tailpiece by Seymour, p.337, 474,
2) The December, 1900 issue includes an article by W. Irving Way, "On ‘The Making of Books.’ ...Mr. Seymour's work is not in line with the work of the others mentioned, it is true, but it is an innovation none the less – and perhaps a trifle startling, if not flamboyant in its result. Mr. Seymour's books are printed from blocks reproduced from pen-work, but one ventures to think that the results would be better if his facilities were better...." Page 457 also includes a reproduction of the November 1900 cover designed by Seymour.
3) The December issue also includes four pages of Seymour’s work on "The Eve of St. Agnes." P.505-6, and an additional example of a Tailpiece design by Seymour, P.509. (Digital and printed copy)

Size: 7 x 10.5

Pages: Pp Cover, 337, 457, 474, 505-6, 509

S#: 0041.20.0116

   
1901
   

             (First Title Page)

 
(Second Title Page & Page 1)
 
Date: 1901

Title: Ode: On The Morning of Christ’s Nativity. Prefaced by An Appreciation Taken in Part From the Works of Henry Hallam. (Hard Cover) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour. Fine Arts Building, Chicago, Illinois. "This book is No. 106 of an edition limited to 1000 copies made upon handmade paper & 30 copies upon Japan vellum paper Printed in Chicago by R.R, Donnelley & Sons Co. From plates made from drawings fro each page. Designed & lettered by Ralph Fletcher Seymour." Printed on handmade deckle edged laid paper with "Van Gelder Zonen" and a "crowned fleur-de-lis symbol" with the letters "V.G.Z." watermark. End pages are solid gilt with black decorative floral corner designs. Off centered on the sheet is the "Chi Rho" [Christ] symbol with the text "Glory or God on high and Peace on Earth" encircling it. Note: To Robert Hale Simonds, From Emily Wilder Leavitt)

Author: Milton, John; Prefaced by an Appreciation taken in part from the works of Henry Hallam

Description: The fourth book illustrated, hand-lettered and published by Seymour in October 1900 was "The Eve of St. Agnes". This is Seymour’s fifth volume, illustrated, hand-lettered and published by Seymour in early 1901. Printed in two color throughout, there are two title pages, four illustrations as well as decorative initial caps. "Concerning Milton’s Ode. The Ode... was begun by Milton on Christmas Day, 1629. The poet was then twenty-one years of age & in his sixth academic year at Cambridge. At the time he was composing the ode he made the following interesting allusion to it in the closing lines of his sixth latin elegy. The translation given was made by Cowper. The ‘thou’ of the elegy refers to Charles Diodati, who as the text indicates was the poet’s close friend... The Ode on the Nativity, far less popular than most of the poems of Milton, is perhaps the finest in the English language..." Hallam. "With the purpose of securing more perfect unity between the format of a book and its contents, he undertakes the designing and lettering by hand of entire books somewhat after the manner of the old manuscript books and to further elaborate them with decorations and illustrations. This interesting work produces beautiful as well as unique results." Kindergarten Magazine, April 1901, p.474. "Mr. Seymour's initialing and decorative borders show an artistic and controlled taste and one feels a sense of harmony between the ode and its setting. The inside cover of the book and the fly leaf are of gold with black decoration and the poem itself is printed in black and red on hand made deckle edge paper." The World Review, February 1, 1902, P.613. Dedicated "To my aunt, Mrs. Turnbull..." Original list price $2.00 and $15.00. (First Edition)

Size: 6 x 9.25

Pages: Pp 28

S#: 0049.11.1215

   
 
(Front End Pages)
 
 
(Back End Pages)
Date: 1901

Title: The Holton Primer (Hard Cover) (Lights to Literature Series) (Published by the Rand, McNally & Company, Chicago, New York)

Author: Holton, M. Adelaide

Description: Cover illustration by Ralph Fletcher Seymour. Designed in Seymour’s wood block style. Printed in two color, red and black. Front and back end pages also illustrated by Seymour. "This is the first book of the series. It is a primer throughout. It is a definite preparation for Book I. The lessons are short, dramatic, and interesting. They deal with the real things of child-life. Action lessons are frequent. Fully illustrated in half-tone with fourteen pages in three color." Original list price 25c. (First Edition)

Size: 6.25 x 7.75

Pages: Pp 111

S#:
0049.16.0316
   
(First Title Page)
 
(Illustration on the Front and Back End Pages)
Date: 1901

Title: The Tragedy of Francesca Da Rimini. Otis Skinner Presenting George H. Boker’s Tragedy Francesca Da Rimini. With An Appreciation by Lyman B. Glover. (Soft Cover) (Published, designed and Illustrated by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Chicago)

Author: Boker, George H.

Description: "The Story of Rimini. Dante, whose Inferno Leigh Hunt aptly describes as ‘a sublime nightmare,’ became human and sincere at one moment during that gruesome and awful journey through the nether world of his own imagination, which he undertook accompanied by laurel-crowned Virgil. The episode of Francesca and Paolo, which has been appropriately recognized as ‘the most cordial and refreshing in the whole of that singular poem... (First Edition)

Size: 7.6 x 12.75

Pages: Pp 32

S#: 0049.09.0415

   
Date: 1901

Title: Inland Printer - June 1901 (Published monthly by the Inland Printer Company, Chicago)

Author: Anonymous

Description: "The Work of Ralph Fletcher Seymour... Wallace Rice refers pleasantly to the art craft in Chicago, mentioning particularly the clever work of Ralph Seymour Fletcher... Not contented with the better trodden paths, he sought some new road in which artistic excellence might find scope, and. cheered by the successes of William Morris and his Kelmscott Press... Four books have thus come from his workshop... These four books are all lettered by hand and printed from plates. With the skill thus obtained in the formation of letters, Mr. Seymour has now designed a font of type which will be cut and cast during the present year... The new books announced include John Milton's ' Ode on the Morning of Christ's Nativity,' which is now in hand... In all of these the same scrupulous care manifest in the earlier productions will be exercised. (Digital and printed copy)

Size:

Pages: Pp 234

S#: 0049.14.0116

   
Date: 1901

Title: Inland Printer - September 1901 (Published monthly by the Inland Printer Company, Chicago)

Author: Seymour, Ralph Fletcher

Description: Cover designed by Ralph Fletcher Seymour. "The cover-designs of The Inland Printer, which for some years past have been changed every month, are one of its most attractive features. The Inland Printer was the first publication in the country to change its covers every month... Among the designers of the covers are such artists as Bradley, Bird, Leyendecker, Hapgood. Wright, Traver, Goudy, Seymour, Craig and others...." The June 1901 issue, p.187. (Digital and printed copy)

Size: 8 x 11

Pages: Pp Cover

S#: 0049.15.0116

   
Date: 1901

Title: Kindergarten Magazine - January 1901 (Published by the Kindergarten Magazine Company, Fine Arts Building, Chicago)

Author: Seymour, Ralph Fletcher

Description: Starting with the January, 1901, Volume XIII, No. 5, the cover was designed by Ralph Fletcher Seymour. Designed to imitate old wood block prints. Page one was also two color, with a decorative initial cap matching the cover and was hand-lettered. April issue, page 474: "An unusual method in book making is being developed by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, whose office is in the Fine Arts Building. With the purpose of securing more perfect unity between the format of a book and its contents he undertakes the design and lettering by hand of entire book and its contents after the manner of the old manuscript books, and to further elaborate them with decorations and Illustrations. This interesting work produces beautiful as well as unique results..." (Digital and printed copy)

Size: 6 x 9.5

Pages: Cover

S#: 0049.12.0116

   
1902
   
(Title Page)
 
(Page Example)
Date: 1902

Title: Paulo & Francesca. Leigh Hunt. With Original Italian From Inferno of Dante. (Hard Cover) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour at the Fine Arts Building, Chicago, Illinois. MDCCCCII. A Translation By Leigh Hunt. From Canto V, the Inferno of Dante Alighieri, in the triple rhyme of the Original. With the Italian from the edition of G. Barbera and a literal translation newly made for this edition by Katherine Reed. Together with a Commentary from the Writings of Leigh Hunt & Boccaccio) ("Here end this book: Composed and printed in the month of May, 1902, at the press of George F. McKiernan & Company, for the Designer and Publisher, Ralph Fletcher Seymour. The edition is limited to 240 copies printed upon American hand-made paper, ten upon Japan vellum paper." Top edge trimmed, others uncut. Water Mark: "Crown Pap...er Co. L. D") 

Author: Alighieri, Dante; Hunt, Leigh; Boccaccio; Reed, Katherine

Description: "A commentary on the poem written in part by Leigh Hunt, & partly translated by him from Boccaccio. The episode of Paulo and Francesca has long been admired by the readers of Italian poetry, and is indeed the most cordial and refreshing one in the whole of that singular poem the Inferno, which some call a satire, and some an epic, and which, I confess, has always appeared to me a kind of sublime night-mare..." Of interest, when Frank Lloyd Wright published "The Eve of St. Agnes" in 1896-7, he chose to included Leigh Hunt’s commentary on the poem. Not only did Seymour published his version of the same poem (1900), he now chose Hunts commentary on this poem. Dedicated "To Otis Skinner with the appreciation of the Publisher." Hand written on one copy: "Aubray Boucicault with greetings from Otis Skinner, Christmas 1902." (Note: In 1855, George H. Boker’s Tragedy "Francesca Da Rimini" opened on Broadway. In 1901, Seymour published "Francesca Da Rimini" when Otis Skinner revived the play, Skinner as Lanciotto, Marcia Van Dresser as Francesca and Aubrey Boucicault as Paolo. Hence - Paulo & Francesca.) (First Edition)

Size: 5.5 x 9.75

Pages: Pp (34)

S#: 0052.12.0116, 0052.13.0217

Ralph Fletcher Seymour Illustrations.
   
  Date: 1902

Title: The Song of Demeter and her Daughter Persephone In Homeric Hymn. Walter Pater’s Translation. (Hard Cover) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Chicago, USA. Front and back cover design in gilt. Printed throughout in red and black ink, two pages gilt. Printed on laid H. M. Paper, top edge trimmed and gilt others uncut)

Author: Pater, Walter

Description: Designed, illustrated and published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour. "The Song of Demeter and her Daughter Persephone is a little bijou not four by five inches over all in a dainty cover of black cloth covered with a symbolic design of corn and gentians in gold. The text is all hand lettered by Mr. Seymour, the title page and first text pages rubricated, in a decorative border. The capitals and ornamental initials are rubricated throughout, a very strong red contrasting well with the clear black. Two pages have gold illumined initials. The lettered text is readable and grateful to the eye. A daintier volume would be hard to find..." The Literary Collector, April, 1903, Pp 176-7. Last page: This book, "The Song of Demeter and Persephone," was designed and lettered by Ralph Fletcher Seymour. It was printed in November, MCMII, By R. R. Donnelley & Sons Co., in an edition of 400 copies on H. M. Paper and ten on Japan Vellum. (First Edition) 

Size: 3.3 x 4.5

Pages: Pp 45

S#:
0052.15.1017

 Ralph Fletcher Seymour Illustrations.
 
 
 
 
   
1903
   
 

Date: 1903

Title: Agamemnon: A Tragedy, Taken from the Greek of Aeschylus (Hard Cover) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Fine Arts Building, Chicago) (Gilt lettering stamped on cover. Printed on handmade paper with "Brown Paper Co" watermark. Top trimmed, others uncut.)

Author: Fitzgerald, Edward

Description: "Printed in an edition of one hundred & sixty copies on paper & eight on Japan vellum. In the fifth month, MDCCCCIII, at the press of George F. McKiernan & Company for the designer & publisher Ralph Fletcher Seymour." Seymour began designing and publishing his own books in his spare time. In 1900 he took over space in the Fine Arts Building from Charles Francis Browne. Frank Lloyd Wright worked with Seymour in 1911 after his return from Europe. Seymour published "The Morality of Woman and Other Essays" Key, "Love and Ethics" Key, 1912, and The Torpedo under the Ark" also by Key in 1912. That same year he also published Wright’s "The Japanese Print: An Interpretation". (First Edition)

Size: 6 x 9.75

Pages: Pp 70

S#: 0054.06.0114

   
 
Date: 1903

Title: Chicago In Picture and Poetry. With One Hundred Illustrations. (Hard Cover) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Chicago, For The Industrial Art League. Printed in September MCMIII at The Lakeside Press)

Author: Fiske, Horace Spencer

Description: Preface: "As pictures are often the truest expression of poetic suggestion and feeling, it has seemed best to let them take the chief place in the book; and it is hoped that they will tend to dissipate the impression so widely held that Chicago is utterly lacking in the things that make an appeal to the imagination and the sense of beauty. Chicago is so commonly identified in the public mind with the limits of Cook County that it seemed appropriate to include a few pictures taken from the immediate environs of the city. Typical illustrations of the city's great industrial life have also been included. The division of "The Ballad of Manila Bay and Other Verses" devoted to Chicago themes has been incorporated in the present volume; and among the various phases of the city's life that have been touched upon in the verse, something of its sport was naturally suggested, as a people's sport is in some aspects a people's poetry." Title page, page decorations and frontispiece illustrated by Seymour. Original net cost $2.00. (First Edition)

Size: 7.75 x 10.5

Pages: Pp 187

S#: 0054.08.0215

   
 
Date: 1903

Title: Four Old Christmas Carols Taken from scarce reprints of early manuscripts. (Hard Cover) (Printed under the supervision of Ralph Fletcher Seymour for The Bobbs-Merrill Company , Publishers, Indianapolis. Blue cloth, imprinted with a design, lettering gilt.)

Author: Anonymous

Description: Announcement: "The Bobbs-Merrill Company have completed an arrangement with Ralph Fletcher Seymour by which the artistic books of his workmanship will in future be issued under the Bobbs- Merrill imprint. The first books published under this joint management are "The Love Letters of Abelard and Heloise" and "Four Old Christmas Carols." "The Bookseller, January 1, 1904. Printed in red, blue, black and gold. The four songs include: 1) "In Excelsis Gloria." Harleian MS (Manuscript), Early MC (1100). The Harleian Collection is one of main collections of the British Library, London, England. 2) "So blessed be the tyme." Sloane MS. Possibly Sir Hans Sloane, 1st Baronet, PRS, a British physician and collector, notable for bequeathing his collection to the nation, thus providing the foundation of the British Museum. 3) "The II Kynges." Harleian MS. Time of Henry VII. 4) Wolcum Yule." Sloane MS. About time of Henry VI. Original list price $1.50.

Size: 5.5 x 8

Pages: Pp 22 (Unpaged)

S#: 0054.09.0215

   
Date: 1903

Title: The Love Letters of Abelard and Heloise (Hardcover) (Designed by Ralph Fletcher Seymour for the Publishers The Bobbs-Merrill Company Indianapolis. Printed on beige paper with the watermark "W King Alton Mill." Top edge trimmed and died, others uncut. The cover is printed in green and gilt. Pages are printed in red and black throughout.) Final page: "The love letters of Abelard and Heloise, reprinted from the translation of 1722 in an edition of 515 copies on paper and 12 on Japanese imperial parchment, in the twelfth month of MDCCCCIII; at the press of Geo. F. McKiernan & Company from the designs of and under the supervision of Ralph Fletcher Seymour for the publishers, The Bobbs-Merrill company, Indianapolis. Vale Qui Legis."

Author: Abelard, Peter; Heloise

Description:
"Ralph Fletcher Seymour has designed and printed for the publishers The Bobbs-Merrill Company of Indianapolis, a new edition of ‘The Love Letters of Abelard and Heloise.’ The book is printed from Mr. Seymour's own type and easily takes place among the best of his productions. The letters are reprinted from the English edition of 1722 and are supplied with a graceful, though anonymous narrative of the lovers immortal passion. Aside from this narrative the present issue brings to the text nothing new except a studiously careful reissue which is perhaps the most reverent attitude toward the work. The love of Abelard and Heloise is one of the romances founded in literal reality that have never lost their power... Mr. Seymour's books are hereafter to be published by The Bobbs-Merrill Company which is an advantageous arrangement so far as their making is concerned, as it relieves him of much business detail and affords more time for the more artistic and technical side of the work." The Inland Printer, February 1904,Pp 702-3.  (First Edition)

Size: 6.1 x 9.25

Pages: Pp 115

S#:
0054.13.1017
   
   
Date: Circa 1903

Title: The Archibald Church Library, Northwestern University Medical School

Description: Book plate for The Archibald Church Library, Northwestern University Medical School. Illustrated by Ralph Fletcher Seymour.

Size: 3.3 x 4.5

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Date: xxx

Title: From the Library of Charles H. Sergel

Description: Book plate for Charles H. Sergel. Illustrated by Ralph Fletcher Seymour. Possibly: "Charles Hubbard Sergel. Publisher and Editor at 542 South Dearborn Street, Chicago. He was born September 25, 1861, in Muscatine Iowa. He was Consul of Peru, Chicago. He has been president of The Dramatic Publishing Company since 1886. He is proprietor of Charles H. Sergel and Company, Publisher." From Chicago Men of 1913, Published by American Publishers' Association, Chicago.

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1904
   

(Title Page)

 
(Illustration Example)
Date: 1904

Title: Her Infinite Varity, with illustrations by Howard Chandler Christly, Decorations by Ralph Fletcher Seymour. (Hard Cover) (Published by The Bobbs-Merrill Company, Indianapolis)

Author: Whitlock, Brand; Author of "The 13th District"

Description: "A state senator of Illinois yields to the persuasion of a woman lawyer and makes a great speech for woman suffrage. His fiancee and a belligerent aunt immediately start from Chicago for the capital and by their efforts the bill is defeated when it comes to the vote. The author of The thirteenth district is evidently posted in all the tricks which the political lives of law makers are made strenuous and exciting." Publishers description, "The American Catalog", 1905, p. 305. Includes 12 tissued photogravure illustrations by Howard Chandler Christly, printed single side. Cover design by Ralph Fletcher Seymour. Original list price $1.50. (First Edition)

Size: 5.4 x 8.25

Pages: Pp 168

S#: 0055.05.0314

   
1905
   

(Title Page)

 
(Illustration Example)
Date: 1905

Title: Hearts & Masks, With illustrations by Harrison Fisher, Decorations by Ralph Fletcher Seymour (Hard Cover) (Published by The Bobbs-Merrill Company, Indianapolis. Color paper printed label affixed to cover)

Author: MacGrath, Harold

Description: "While sitting in Mouquin's down town restaurant, New York City, a young man overhears a conversation, then picks up a paper and in the society news reads of a masquerade to be held at the Blankshire Hunt Club, New Jersey. He plans to go. Getting his disguise he hears more news. At the ball it is discovered there is a stranger present; jewels are stolen, detective work comes in. After a most involved plot the hero falls in love for life with a girl unknown when he entered Mouquin's." Publishers description, "The American Catalog", 1906, p. 178. Includes 10 photogravure illustrations by Harrison Fisher, printed single side. Cover design by Ralph Fletcher Seymour. Original list price $1.50. (First Edition)

Size: 5.25 x 8.1

Pages: Pp 187

S#: 0058.08.0314

   

(Title Page)

 
(Illustration Example)
Date: 1905

Title: The Social Secretary, With illustrations by Clarence F. Underwood, Decorations by Ralph Fletcher Seymour (Hard Cover) (Published by The Bobbs-Merrill Company, Indianapolis)

Author: Phillips, David Graham; Author of The Plum Tree, The Cost, etc. etc.

Description: "A young Washington girl of good family, needing to earn a living, becomes secretary of a wife and manages her social life for her. The employer is a good woman of much humor who stays natural and attracts her surroundings. Her husband and son are more difficult to manage on the social stage but the heroine is competent and details of her dilemmas made some unexpected reading." Publishers description, "The American Catalog", 1906, p. 225. Includes 11 tissued photogravure illustrations by Clarence F. Underwood, printed single side. Cover design by Ralph Fletcher Seymour. Original list price $1.50. 5.4 x 8.25 (First Edition)

Size:

Pages: Pp 198

S#: 0058.07.0214

   
George Barr McCutcheon Preston A. Perry
Date: 1905

Title: The Sketch Book - September 1905 (The Sketch Book is published monthly by The Sketch Book Publishing Co., Fine Arts Building, Chicago.)

Author: Seymour, Ralph Fletcher

Description: Two bookplates designed by Ralph Fletcher Seymour. For George Barr McCutcheon and Preston A. Perry. "Books are a part of mans prerogative. In formal ink they thoughts and voices hold. That we to them our solitude may give. And make time present travelled that of old." (Digital and printed copy)

Size: 7.5 x 10.5

Pages: Pp 43

S#: 0058.14.0116

   
Date: 1905

Title: The Sketch Book - December 1905 (The ketch Book is published monthly by The Sketch Book Publishing Co., Fine Arts Building, Chicago. Note: Cover designed by Ralph Fletcher Seymour)

Author: Hosking, Arthur Nicholas

Description: "A Few Books and Their Maker. It is no easy matter to write a truthful criticism of a personal friend's work. Close contact multiplies feelings and emotions. A man’s theories may be more interesting than his work, and vice versa... This fact, however, does not detract from the things of beauty he has created, of which there are a great number... The pages shown... display the high standard chosen when he first launched into the affairs of bookmaking... With all Mr. Seymour's books rarely fine judgment is displayed in the selection of binding material, and the application of the design for the board covers... The main thought of Ralph Fletcher Seymour's work is this: He believes that a man who makes books should be his own designer, his own illustrator and his own constructor of types... The "Academy" of London compared his books to those of William Morris and said that they equaled anything produced in England... He has set down certain formulas for himself alone - he asks no one else to follow - and by these he has consummated beautiful things worthy of praise, and by these we may judge of his future. Includes 13 photographs and illustrations, one being a portrait. (Digital and printed copy)

Size: 7.5 x 10.5

Pages: Pp 179-186

S#: 0058.15.0116

   
1906
   
(Title Page)
Date: 1906

Title: The Fading of The Mayflower. A Poem of The Present Time. Decorations by Ralph Fletcher Seymour. (Hard Cover) (Published by A. N. Marquis & Company) Printed on India tint linen paper with the watermark "Alexabndra." Top edge trimmed and gilt, others untrimmed with deckel edges. Bound in silk cloth.

Author: Tilton, Theodore

Description:
Decorations by Ralph Fletcher Seymour drawings by WJ Enright There is also a life like portrait of the celebrated author 'A timely and brilliant book by one of the most gifted writers and lecturers of the Civil War period. Full of patriotic fervor, poetic beauty and human interest. It deals with the present-day questions of the get-rich-quick spirit, the crimes of the Money-Mad, the sordid greed of degenerate sons of Mayflower-Pilgrim ancestors, the worship of the Golden Calf, etc. It handles them, not with a muckrake but a scourge, while it points to the noble and virtuous ideals of our country's fathers, typified by the beautiful Mayflower." (Publisher’s description.) Title page designed by Seymour. Design is repeated on every page. Original list price $1 50. 6.25 x 8.75 (First Edition)

Size:

Pages: Pp 114

S#:
0064.20.1016
   
Date: 1906

Title: The Sketch Book. A Magazine Devoted to the Fine Arts - August 1906 (Published by The Sketch Book Publishing Co. Fine Arts Building, Chicago.)

Author: Seymour, Ralph Fletcher

Description: Cover designed by Ralph Fletcher Seymour whose office was also located in the Fine Arts Building (Browne's Bookstore). Original cover price 20c.

Size: 8 x 10.5

Pages: Pp Cover

S#: 0064.16.0415

   
1907
   

(Title Page)

 
(Page Example)
Date: 1907

Title: At The Foot of the Rainbow. Paintings in Color by Oliver Kemp. Designs and Decorations by Ralph Fletcher Seymour. (Hard Cover) (Published by Grosset & Dunlap, New York)

Author: Porter, Gene Stratton

Description: "Illustrations in colors by Oliver Kemp Design and decorations Ralph Fletcher Seymour. The scene of this charming idyllic love story is laid in Central Indiana. The story is one of devoted friendship, and tender self sacrificing love; the friendship that gives freely without return, and the love that seeks first the happiness of the object. The novel is brimful of the most beautiful word painting of nature, and its pathos and tender sentiment will endear it to all." (Publisher’s description.) Three color plates by Oliver Kemp. Red cloth cover designed by Seymour, with a color plate by Kemp pasted within the design. Original list price $1.50.  (First Edition)

Size: 5.25 x 7.75

Pages: Pp 258

S#: 0080.21

   

(Title Page)

 
(Page Example)
Date: 1907

Title: Indian Love Letters (Hard cover) (Published by A. C. McClurg & Co., Chicago. Decorations by Ralph Fletcher Seymour.)

Author: Ryan, Marah Ellis; Author of "For the Soul of Rafael"

Description: Seldom have love letters been penned which contained more of the beauty of pathos, the poignancy of despair, than these messages, which seem literally written with the heart's blood of the noble-minded Indian who sent them to a girl he had loved in the East. But what place could he have in the thoughts and life of an American girl of birth and breeding? Yet he was inspired to write these letters, which breathe the spirit of renunciation and show how inevitable is each one is a veritable prose poem. (Publisher’s description.) Designed and decorations by Ralph Fletcher Seymour. Includes a tipped-in sepia photograph by Edward S. Curtis and 24 page decorations by Seymour. Cover design printed in five colors: black, dark brown, blue, dark gray, gilt. End pages illustrated by Seymour, printed in four colors: black, dark brown, blue, dark gray. Original list price $1.00. (Note: This volume was published decades before the Nazis hijacked the symbol.)  (First Edition)

Size: 4.9 x 8.1

Pages: Pp 122

S#: 0080.20.0314

   
1910
   
(Title Page)
 
(Page Example)
Date: 1910

Title: Christ in Flanders, A Legend of the Middle Ages. Retold By Balzac, Translated From The French By Count Stenbock. (Soft Cover) (Published by The Ralph Fletcher Seymour Company, Chicago. "One of 400 Copies of Christ In Flanders Printed by Geo. F. McKiernan & Co. For Ralph Fletcher Seymour." Printed on a handmade light beige laid stock with a "Fabriano (Italy)" watermark.)

Author: Stenbock, Count; Balzac

Description: Originally published in 1831, it is a short story by Honoré de Balzac, a French novelist and playwright. Count Eric Stanislaus Stenbock was a Baltic Swedish poet and writer who was born in 1860 and died in 1895. The story takes place on the coast of Flanders, present-day Belgium. The legend was "told from age to age, repeated from hearth to hearth..." It retells the legend of the appearance of Christ (or a Christ like figure) to a group of travelers on a boat from the Island of Cadz and to Ostend. Printed in two color throughout. Original list price $1.25. (First Edition)

Size: 4.75 x 7.25

Pages: Pp 35

S#: 0094.46.0116

   
1911
   
Date: 1911

Title: Ausgeführte Bauten Und Entwurfe Von Frank Lloyd Wright (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Chicago)

Author: Wright, Frank Lloyd

Description: (Digital images only) A small booklet announcing the sale of the 1910 Ausgeführte Bauten by Wasmuth, portfolios. "A publication by Wasmuth of Berlin of seventy buildings by this architect, of special interests to the younger architects of America. Printed from drawings prepared for the stones by Mr. Wright expressly for this work, in two portfolios containing one hundred loose plates, and produced in the masterly style for which the German press is famous. ...at a total price of thirty-two dollars delivered... Address all communication direct to, Frank Lloyd Wright, 810 Orchestra Hall, Chicago." Ralph Fletcher Seymour writes, "I had the making of another tiny Wright item the existence of which is no where recorded. It was a little folder entitled ‘Ausgeführte Bauten Und Entwurfe Von Frank Lloyd Wright’ and announces the publication in the United States of his two portfolios of ‘seventy buildings printed from drawings prepared for the stone for this work, published by Wasmuth, Berlin, Germany." Some Went This Way, 1945, p. 125.(Sweeney 100) See additional digital images.

Size: 4.5 x 6

Pages: Pp 7

S#: 0100.00.0214

   
Date: 1911

Title: Echoes of Petrarch, Sonnets of Love and Interludes (Hard Cover) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour Co., Fine Arts Bldg., Chicago) (For permission to reprint five sonnets we are indebted to P. F. Volland & Co.)

Author: Butler, George F.

Description: "Perhaps the best expression that can be used regarding the duty of a sonnet is to say that it must delight. The perfect sonnet has indeed a secondary effect upon the mind in that it excites the admiration of the reader but this pleasant consideration is almost necessarily a sequence of the first... The sonnets in ‘Echoes of Petrarch’ are more than an exhibition of clever workmanship because they have heart and imagination in them... In her Sonnets from the Portuguese where Mrs. Browning gave free and wonderful rein to a love no longer bound the sonnet seemed to have reached its sensuous perfection. Dr Butler has accomplished a thing as exquisite though in a different tone Blue skies shone on her work on his shine skies of purple. That this book of sonnets will at once find and hold a high place is beyond all question. It will become a treasure to those who understand. It is a perfect gift book. The gifted author is to be more than congratulated for the addition he has made to tender literature. These sonnets can bear their title ‘Echoes of Petrarch.’ " Review by Stanley Waterloo, The American Journal of Clinical Medicine, January 1912, pp 337-8. Original list price $1.25. (First Edition)

Size: 5.3 x 7.5 

Pages: Pp 67

S#: 0104.16.0214

   

(Title Page)

 
(Example Page)
Date: 1911

Title: The Birth of Roland (Hard Cover) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour Co. The Alderbrink Press, Chicago) This book entitled "the Birth of Roland" is one of an edition of 400 copies printed upon paper and 10 copies printed upon Japan vellum by The Ralph Fletcher Seymour Company, MCMXI.

Author: Hewlett, Maurice

Description: Publisher’s description: "A first edition of a small book by this eminent English author. Lovers of Hewlett will find this romance of Charlemagne's time written in the most characteristic and charming prose. It is a love story. That vein of romance running like a golden thread through all his work which has won him the eager attention of every imaginative reader is here given its best expression. First and authorized edition limited to 400 copies on hand made paper." Illustrated and designed by Seymour. Includes nine illustrations, cover, title page as well as ten decoratively initialed illustrations. Seymour wrote, "Robert Frost and John Cournos were the other two visitors. Pound said we were due at May Sinclair’s for tea. He strode there at the head of our small procession... Maurice Hewlett and his sister were at the tea. Hewlett had given me a book for publication the title of which was ‘The Birth of Roland’. It appeared in a small, limited edition and is a rare Hewlett item; if any one still remembers Maurice Hewlett!" "Some Went This Way," Seymour, 1945, pp. 175-6. Original list price $3.00, 10 copies on Japan vellum $15.00. (First Edition) 

Size: 5.6 x 8.5

Pages: Pp 54

S#: 0104.17.0214

   
Date: 1911 (Version 1)

Title: The Morality of Woman and Other Essays. Authorized Translation From the Swedish, of Ellen Key. By Namah Bouton Bothwick (Mamah Bouton Borthwick). (Hard Cover) (Published by The Ralph Fletcher Seymour Co. Fine Arts Building, Chicago.) (Version 1)

Author: Key, Ellen; Bothwick, Namah Bouton (Borthwick, Mamah Bouton )

Description: In 1909, Wright and Borthwick left their respective spouses and traveled to Europe, settling in Italy for about a year. Wright worked on his portfolio titled "Ausgefüührte Bauten und Entwüürfe von Frank Lloyd Wright". Borthwick spent her time translating the work of Ellen Key. After Wright’s return to the States from Europe, he presented three manuscripts to Ralph Fletcher Seymour, along with adequate funds to publish the three volumes. "The Morality of Women and Other Essays" (1911), "Love and Ethics" (1912) with Wright’s assistance, and "Torpedo Under the Ark; ‘Ibsen and Women" (1912). This volume included "The Morality of Women", "The Woman of the Future" and "The Conventional Woman". Borthwick also translated "The Woman Movement". According to Publishers Weekly, March 23, 1912, p1072, the original list price was $1.00. Two copies. (First Edition) (Sweeney 95)

Size: 5.4 x 8.7.

Pages: Pp 78

S#: 0095.01.1111,  0095.02.1117

   
Date: 1911 (Version 4)

Title: The Morality of Woman and Other Essays. Authorized Translation From the Swedish, of Ellen Key. By Mamah Bouton Borthwick. (Hard Cover) (Published by The Ralph Fletcher Seymour Co. Fine Arts Building, Chicago.) (Version 4)

Author: Key, Ellen; Borthwick, Mamah Bouton

Description: In 1909, Wright and Borthwick left their respective spouses and traveled to Europe, settling in Italy for about a year. Wright worked on his portfolio titled "Ausgefüührte Bauten und Entwüürfe von Frank Lloyd Wright". Borthwick spent her time translating the work of Ellen Key. After Wright’s return to the States from Europe, he presented three manuscripts to Ralph Fletcher Seymour, along with adequate funds to publish the three volumes. "The Morality of Woman and Other Essays" (1911), "Love and Ethics" (1912) with Wright’s assistance, and "Torpedo Under the Ark; ‘Ibsen and Women" (1911). This volume included "The Morality of Woman", "The Woman of the Future" and "The Conventional Woman". Borthwick also translated "The Woman Movement". According to Publishers Weekly, March 23, 1912, p1072, the original list price was $1.00. 5.4 x 8.7. (First Edition) (Sweeney 95)

Size: 5.4 x 8.7

Pages: Pp 77

S#: 0095.00.0610

   
The Morality of Women and Other Essays. We have identified four, possibly five versions of "The Morality of Woman", by Ellen Key, Translated from Swedish by Mamah Bouton Borthwick. All are dated 1911. All were printed by The Ralph Fletcher Seymour Co., in the Fine Arts Building, Chicago. Frank Lloyd Wright designed three stores in the building: Browne’s Bookstore (1907 - S.141), Thurber Art Galleries (1909 - S.154), and Mori Oriental Art Studio, (1914 - S.181). Wright himself located a studio in the Fine Arts Building from 1908 through 1910. The correct title of the book is "The Morality of Woman", and the spelling of Borthwick’s name is Mamah Bouton Borthwick.
       Version 1: Morality of Women. Namah Bouton Bothwick, dated 1911, 78 pages, no spine printing (mistake is underlined). Incorrect title, "Women" instead of "Woman". The name is also incorrectly
  spelled, "Namah" instead of "Mamah", and "Bothwick" instead of "Borthwick". This version is 78 pages long, and there is no printing on the spine.
       Version 2: Morality of Woman. Namah Bouton Borthwick, dated 1911, 78 pages, no spine printing. The title has been corrected. The first name is still incorrectly spelled, "Namah" instead of "Mamah", "Borthwick" has been corrected. This version is 78 pages long, and there is no printing on the spine.
       Version 3: Morality of Woman. Mamah Bouton Borthwick, dated 1911, 78 pages, no spine printing. The title and name have been corrected. This version is 78 pages long, and there is no printing on the spine.
       Version 4: Morality of Woman. Mamah Bouton Borthwick, 1911, 77 pages, the spine is imprinted with "The Morality of Woman - Key". The cover has a slightly larger Gold Printers Device. A slight variation in the serif type face used, the addition of one line per
  page (26 versus 25), and minor revisions caused the text to be one page shorter in length. According to Thomas Heinz, this version was published with a portrait of Ellen Key, possibly creating a fifth version.
       Original cover price $1.00. The Dec 23, 1911 issue of Publisher’s Weekly listed the price as $1.00. The March 1919 issue of Poetry Magazine, published by Seymour was still listed as $1.00. Besides the obvious miss-spellings, this may give us a clue as to the variations in the different editions. If it was originally published in 1911 by Seymour, and republished again, including 1919, but never indicating the editions, this could account for the additional editions. Seymour was a friend of Wright’s. He arranged for Seymour to publish this book as well as two other Ellen Key volumes Borthwick translated. In 1912 Seymour published Wright's first edition of "The Japanese Print".

Version 1 Version 2 Version 3 Version 4
   
  1911: The Dance of the Seasons by Harriet Monroe. Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour. Designs by Will H. Bradley.
   
  1911: XII Songs, Maeterlinck Maurice, Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, with Illustrations by C Doudelet. Translated from the French by Martin Schutze. $2.00, 400 copies.
   
  1911: The Three Kings, Gebhart Emile, A Christmas Tale, Translated from the French by Ja Westfall Thompson, Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour. $1.50 400 copies. Japan vellum edition $5 10 copies.
   
  1911: Songs of Innocence and of Experience. Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour. It is in response to a demand from lovers of Blake for an adequate and beautiful edition of these two groups of poems that this volume has been designed. It follows in arrangement of the Pickering edition of 1874 but has been carefully edited and collated with later and more complete editions. Printed on hand made paper. Small ornamental initials decorative title printed in two colors bound in paper boards and vellum back. Limited to 300 copies on paper $2.00 I Vellum copy for sale $10.00.
   
  1911: Reflections and Maxims of William Penn. Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour. This edition has been somewhat abridged from the original. It consists of 400 copies on toned hand made paper and 12 on imperial Japan vellum. The book is printed in red and black throughout with rules initials and decorations. Paper copies $3.00 Vellum $15.00.
   
  1911: Flanders, A Legend of Christ. Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour. Translated from the French. Limited edition on handmade paper $1.25 net. Ralph Fletcher Seymour Co.
   
1912
   
Date: 1912

Title: The Japanese Print: An Interpretation  (Hard Cover) (Published by The Ralph Fletcher Seymour Co., Fine Arts Building, Chicago)

Author: Wright, Frank Lloyd

Description: Tan cover, text printed in dark blue or black, decorative crane design is printed in green. End paper is a thick fibrous paper. Text is printed on rice paper, both sides. Title page is a repeat of the cover, but text and crane appear to be printed in black. Title page verso: Copyright 1912, Ralph Fletcher Seymour Company. Sweeney indicated that three versions were printed by Seymour in 1912. Wright was displease with the first edition and all but a few copies were destroyed.
       In 1905,
Frank Lloyd Wright toured Japan. In 1906, Wright exhibits his collection of Japanese Hiroshige Prints at the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1908, Wright and three other major collectors exhibit their Japanese Prints at the Art Institute of Chicago. It was the largest exhibit of Ukiyo-e prints ever displayed in America. Wright designed the exhibition installation for the Art Institute.
       In 1910, Wright published Ausgeführte Bauten und Entwürfe von Frank Lloyd Wright, consisting of large unbound plates, 25.2" x 16". In 1911, Seymour published an English version of the introduction, as a seven page booklet, 4.5" x 6". The Japanese Print was the first book written, published and bound as a book by
Frank Lloyd Wright .
       "By 1912, Wright had become a nationally known expert on Japanese printmaking, well on his way to assembling what Clay Lanaster, a scholar of Japan’s influence in the United States, called ‘one of the most important collections... in the world.’ "
Frank Lloyd Wright Essential Texts, Twombly, 2009, pp 135-136.
       Ralph Fletcher Seymour wrote, "
Frank Lloyd Wright once wrote a monograph entitled ‘The Japanese Print’ which appeared in a tall, thin 35 page book, printed on Japan paper. The first materialization of this essay did not please the author and with characteristic imperativeness he demanded its destruction and the production of a new edition more in accord with his notions. There are a few copies of the first bad lot, which like a batch of unwanted kittens sent out to be eliminated, nevertheless survived. They certainly belong in any Wright collection. " Some Went This Way, 1945, p. 125.
       During the Imperial Hotel commission, Wright "functioned as an unofficial dealer during his trips to Japan, buying for his own collection and for others. He personally caused print prices to inflate, where Japanese authorities estimate he spent about $250,000 on prints alone." Robert Kostka, The Prairie School, No 4, 1967.
       Wright wrote, "Japanese prints intrigued me and taught me much... Japanese art, I found, really did have organic charter, was nearer to the earth and a more indigenous product of native conditions of life and work therefore more nearly ‘modern’ as I saw it, than any European civilization alive or dead." An Autobiography, 1932, pp. 194.
(Sweeney 109)

Size: 5.25 x 8.3

Pages: Pp 35

S#: 0109.00.0214

   
Date: 1912

Title: My Little Book of Life (Hard Cover) (Published by A.C. McClurg & Co., Chicago. Title page verso: Copyright A. C. McClurg & Co. 1912. Published September, 1912. The Ralph Fletcher Seymour Co., Fine Arts Building, Chicago. This may indicate that this volume was designed by Seymour. Boards covered in paper, cloth spine. Cover design repeated on back cover. Top pages trimmed, others uncut.)

Author: Strode, Muriel

Description: "Like [Strode’s] former publication it is composed of brief and pithy aphorisms betraying an original and independent mind and often furnishing food for helpful thought. The book is daintily made with board covers and there is a marginal decoration on every page printed in green ink while the text is in black."
  "If I go unloved, I shall not chide Fate, but I shall bemoan that I should be a thing unlovable."
  "I will not ask for succor, but for increased strength."
  "I cursed my misfortune, - and it remained one."
  "I importuned the gods, and got a beggar's deserts."
  "When I moan in agony of body, you may heal me, but when I moan in agony of soul, I must heal myself." Possibly published in a slip box. Original list price 50c. 
(First Edition)

Size: 4.25 x 6.25

Pages: Pp 86

S#: 0114.16.0514

   
Date: 1912

Title: Shakespeare Festival. In Honor of the Poet’s Birthday. Lincoln Park, Chicago. April 23, 1912 (Original Soft Cover rebound by library) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour Co. Fine Arts Building, Chicago. Cover and title page illustrated by Ralph Fletcher Seymour. Printed on paper with the watermark "Dresden Pamphlet.")

Author: Drama League of America

Description: "The drama league offers this Shakespeare festival as a gift to the city of Chicago. Fifteen hundred children of the Public Schools of the city are the performers... The Shakespeare Festival. To be given under the auspice is of the drama league of America. The drama league celebrates Shakespeare's birthday by arranging for the children of Chicago and its suburbs and open air festival, free to the community, which presents in processional form, several of the masters the masterpieces of the poet. Each play, properly costume, and arranged in a picturesque group, will be introduced by will Shakespeare and the players of the globe theater to the court, while Elisabeth and James share the honors. The procession will then pass before the spectators until it reaches the place of the final feet, where are special exercises will take place..." Cover: "R F S" initials lower right. Title Page: "Ralph Fletcher Seymour" lower left. (First Edition)

Size: 6 x 9

Pages: Pp 37

S#:
0114.22.0517
   
  1912: The Torpedo Under the Ark Ibsen and Women, Key Ellen, Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour Co.
   
1913
   
Courtesy Ma-Planete.com, Cosmos
Date: Circa 1913

Title: Ralph Fletcher Seymour etching, La Poterne #2, possibly 1913.

Description: About 55 miles Southeast of the heart of Paris, there is a small bridge, the Rue du Pont that crosses the Loing. On the west end of the bridge you pass through an arched portal at the base of a tower. It looks very similar to this print, but not exact. On the North side of this arch is a restaurant called the La Poterne, at Moret-Loing-et-Orvanne, (France). On the North side of the restaurant is another smaller arch that matches this print. The sign today marks it as the "Le Pre Margaron." The Library of Congress houses a print attributed to Ralph Fletcher Seymour, but signed Hubbard Fund (possibly owner of print?), 1920s. It is a view from the opposite side of the arch. Ralph Fletcher Seymour was on the staff of the Art Institute of Chicago between 1907 and 1918. While there, he was given a year’s paid sabbatical to study art in France. His twelve-month leave began in the summer or early fall of 1912 and ended around September or early October 20, 1913. The Caxtonian, May 2011, page 9. Pulled from an etched copper plate. Under left corner of etching, signed in pencil: "Ralph Fletcher Seymour." Under right corner of etching, signed in pencil: "La Poterne #2." Hand written in the bottom left corner by Seymour: "La Poterne #2." Just up from the bottom right hand corner of etching, signed in the plate is an overlapping "RFS," and also "Moret O?."

Size: Etching: 6 x 10.4. Paper: 8.4 x 12.75.

S#:
0120.18.0817
   
 
View from the opposite side of the Portal. Courtesy of Google.
   
1914
   
Date: 1914

Title: For The Soul of Rafael. With Many Illustrations From Photographs Taken Expressly for this Book by Harold A. Taylor. Decorative Designs by Ralph Fletcher Seymour. (Hard Cover) (Published by A.C. McClurg & Co., Chicago)

Author: Ryan, Marah Ellis

Description: First published in 1906. "Upon the appearance of the book has been lavished an amount of attention seldom accorded a book of fiction. It will be printed in two colors with decorations of the most striking character by Ralph Fletcher Seymour." (From McClurg Ad.) Every page is elaborately bordered by an illustration by Seymour. The romantic novel is set in Southern California. "An oath sworn to a dying woman by a young wife is the motif of this romance of old California in the days when American money and men were crowding out the old Spanish families. An old Spanish woman bowed down by misfortunes resolves to retrieve the disasters of her family by mating her last son to the rich descendant of the noble family of Estevan. This girl just from the convent dedicates her life to saving the soul of her unstable husband who is more interested in amusing himself with a bewitching American widow. In order to be true to her vows his wife puts aside her unforgotten romance and makes the man she loves a wanderer and an outcast. Mexicans and Indians play their part in the story which is enacted in or near the old mission of San Juan Capistrano, not far from Los Angeles." (Publisher’s Weekly. May 12, 1906, p. 1362.) Top edge trimmed, others uncut. Includes 19 tipped in printed photographs Harold A. Taylor. Original list price $1.50 (1906). (Eleventh Edition) 

Size: 5.5 x 8.5

Pages: Pp 378

S#: 0124.22.0214

   
Date: 1914

Title: Lyrics of a Lad, With a Preface By Maurice Francis Egan (Hard Cover) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour Co., Chicago. Frontispiece is a photogravure reproduction of the author from a photograph by Eugene R. Hutchinson. Title page decoration by Michele Greco.)

Author: Iris, Scharmel

Description: Author’s Note: The courteous acknowledgment of the author are extended to The Century Magazine, The Little Review, Atlantic Monthly, Scribner’s Magazine, The Forum, Poetry and the Cosmopolitan, of America; The Cork Examiner, Freeman’s Journal and Dublin Review, of Ireland; and The English Review and Blackwood’s, of England. A compilation of 61 poems. Preface: "...Federico Scharmel Iris was born February tenth, eighteen-eighty-nine, at Florence, Italy. He is the first of the Italians in America to write poetry in English... I did find in his poems the color and the freshness, the inexpressible glowing, almost lucent tints of he peach blossom, the warm lure of spring and of love and of hope... His book is, then, – under the sun or moon, the garden of a young poet, who forgets the brevity of his life and the reality of his grief in the joy of the art he cultivates. You are invited to step into his garden." Printed in an edition of 1000 copies by The Ralph Fletcher Seymour Company, Chicago, November MCMXIV. Original list price $1.00. (First Edition)

Size: 5.75 x 8.25

Pages: Pp 77

S#: 0124.21.0114

   
Date: 1914

Title: The Travail of a Soul (Hard Cover) (Published by the Ralph Fletcher Seymour Co., Chicago. This edition of "The Travail of a Soul", by George F. Butler, is limited to two hundred copies, of which this is number 93. The Ralph Fletcher Seymour Co., Publishers. Chicago MCMXIV. [Signed] Geo. F Butler. Printed on beige paper, two-color throughout. The frontispiece is a photogravure)

Author: Butler, George F.

Description: "The eye of the lover of belles lettres searching eagerly the new books for something different, will pause, at first in curiosity, as it falls on ‘The Travail of a Soul’ by George F. Butler, issued by the Ralph Fletcher Seymour Company. This will be because of the oddly attractive, modest yet de luxe dress. But curiosity will rise to lively interest with the opening of the pages of the book, for here in unique alternation of verse and prose will be seen at last the ever-vital theme of love treated with absolutely new and thrilling colors. For if, in the beginning it seems that the poet has fallen in love, Pygmalion-like with a statue and so fails of originality, it almost at once appears that there are two statues between which there shall be bitter and devastating war..." The National Magazine, August, 1915, p.699. Original list price $2.00. (First Edition)

Size: 7 x 10.75

Pages: Pp 79

S#: 0124.24.0116

   
Date: 1914

Title: War Rhymes and Peace Poems (Hard Cover) (Published by The Ralph Fletcher Seymour Company, Chicago)

Author: Mitchell, Frank Adams

Description: "Every now and then the Chicago business man who would be expected to be sufficiently preoccupied in the successful dispatch of his current affairs turns up as a master in the arts. In evidence is the entrance into poetry of Frank Adams Mitchell whose fugitive verse has frequently enlivened the literature of the association Glee club but who now invites more deliberate consideration of his poetic thought and expression in an artistic book... by which token it may be known that the printer's and binder's crafts have done their part. Forty three poems comprise this collection, none void of wholesome teaching in tuneful form..." Chicago Commerce, December 11, 1914, p.16. Original list price $1.00. (First Edition)

Size: 6 x 9.25

Pages: Pp 53

S#: 0124.23.0415

   
1915
   
Date: 1915

Title: The Angel with a Broom (Hard Cover) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour for The Cordon) "This is No. xxx (hand written in pencil, possibly a proof) of the first edition of 700 copies printed on hand-made paper at the Alderbrink Press, Chicago. December 1915."

Author: Peattie, Elia W. (Literary Editor of the Chicago Tribune)

Description: A short story about a social worker, two neighboring families she loves, and a handicapped young man in whom she sees visions of an angel sweeping away the evils of war and conflict. The setting is a little street with shops in a lower class neighborhood of Chicago during the early part of World War I. Note: The Cordon was a club that met in the Fine Arts building in Chicago. Cover is stamped and gilt. Original list price 50c. (First Edition)

Size: 4.6 x 6.25

Pages: Pp 29

S#: 0128.20.0415

   
Date: 1915

Title: Poetry, A Magazine of Verse (Published monthly by Seymour, Daughaday and Company, Fine Arts Building, Chicago)

Author: Edited by Harriet Monroe

Description: In 1912 Harriet Monroe approached Seymour about designing and publishing a new literary journal, Poetry Magazine. (Caxtonian, May, 2011, P. 4) The first issue was published in October. Copyright Harriet Monroe. Harriet Monroe, Editor. The Ralph Fletcher Seymour Company, Printers, Chicago. It is not indicated, but the cover was most likely designed by Seymour. Page 38 included an ad for Seymour, including the three books translated by Mamah Bouton Borthwick. Through the January 1915 issue, Harriet Monroe is listed as publisher. Some issues indicate Seymour as Printer. The Ralph Fletcher Seymour Co. Continued to run ads. Seymour joined with Daughaday, and the February 1915 issue was published by Seymour, Daughaday and Company. They published together through the September 1915 issue, which indicates that they most likely dissolved the partnership. From October 1915 through September 1917, the magazine was published monthly by Ralph Fletcher Seymour. Harriet Monroe continued publishing the magazine. Original cover price 15 cents, Annual Subscription $1.50 (April, 1915) 5.5 x 7.9.

Size:

Pages: Pp 52

S#: 0128.14.0114

   
1916
   
Date: 1916

Title: Poetry, A Magazine of Verse - February 1916 (Published monthly by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Fine Arts Building, Chicago)

Author: Edited by Harriet Monroe

Description: In 1912 Harriet Monroe approached Seymour about designing and publishing a new literary journal, Poetry Magazine. (Caxtonian, May, 2011, P. 4) The first issue was published in October. Copyright Harriet Monroe. Harriet Monroe, Editor. The Ralph Fletcher Seymour Company, Printers, Chicago. It is not indicated, but the cover was most likely designed by Seymour. Original cover price 15 cents, Annual Subscription $1.50.

Size: 5.5 x 8

Pages: Pp 217-270

S#:
0132.23.0217
   
Date: 1916

Title: Poetry, A Magazine of Verse - March 1916 (Published monthly by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Fine Arts Building, Chicago)

Author: Edited by Harriet Monroe

Description: In 1912 Harriet Monroe approached Seymour about designing and publishing a new literary journal, Poetry Magazine. (Caxtonian, May, 2011, P. 4) The first issue was published in October. Copyright Harriet Monroe. Harriet Monroe, Editor. The Ralph Fletcher Seymour Company, Printers, Chicago. It is not indicated, but the cover was most likely designed by Seymour. Original cover price 15 cents, Annual Subscription $1.50. 5.5 x 8.

Size:

Pages: Pp 271-326

S#:
0132.24.0217
   
Date: 1916

Title: Preludes of Poetry and Music (Hard Cover) (Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Fine Arts Building, Chicago. Pages uncut.)

Author: Curtis, Irene

Description: "Requests from friends for copies of the poems written by my daughter, Irene, led to the desire to put them into convenient and permanent form. Dear letters have come testifying to the purity, earnestness, and inspiration idealism of her life, and its hoped that this little volume may in a measure perpetuate that influence. After a struggle of three years against failing health, on April 7, 1916, the sweet spirit passed on, and all that is mortal now rests in the family lot at Anamosa, Iowa..." A compilation of 22 poems, and 6 songs. Includes one portrait (frontispiece), an illustration by Frederick Richardson, a handwritten poem and a compilation of three portraits. All are photogravures and is tissued. Original list price $2.00. (First Edition)

Size: 6.4 x 8.75

Pages: Pp 73

S#: 0132.22.0414

   
1917
   
Date: 1917

Title: Songs of the Skokie And Other Verse (Hard Cover) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Fine Arts Building, Chicago, under the Alder Brink Press Imprint.)

Author: Spicer, Anne Higginson

Description: "If you love modest but sweet and inspiring music you really should read the book yourself." The Chicago Herald. "Indeed her book is a signal addition to the poetry that has come forth from Chicago." The Chicago Tribune. "(The Skokie is the old Indian name for a marshy country lying parallel to Lake Michigan, back of the Ridge, north of the city of Chicago.)" A compilation of 134 poems by Anne Higginson Spicer. Original list price $1.50. (First Edition)

Size: 5.75 x 8.2 

Pages: Pp 167

S#: 0138.11.0415

   
(Frontispiece and Title Page)
Date: 1917

Title: Twelve Months With the Birds and Poets (Hard Cover) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Chicago. Printed on beige laid paper, side is uncut. Limited to two hundred copies. Hand written, "No. 15." Includes 5 illustrations by Fletcher: Frontispiece, Pages 8, 102, 182 and 249. Signed by the author.)

Author: Harper, Samuel A.

Description: "Devoting a chapter to each month in the year, the author pleasantly interweaves his own observations and appreciation of birds with those of the ornithologist and poet. His reading has evidently carried him far afield in both the science and sentiment of ornithology and combining the results of these excursions with his own he has written a volume which contains much of interest for both bird students and general readers. It is a little difficult to reconcile his fondness for the English Sparrow with a genuine love of the birds in whose ways we find some expression of those traits which we commend in mankind but at best we may credit him with the courage to champion a member of the feathered race whose friends are found chiefly among those unfamiliar with other forms of bird life Excellent taste has been shown in the makeup of this book which may well find its way to the library of the nature lover." Bird-Lore, March-April 1918, p.167. Original list price $1.50 (First Edition)

Size: 6.25 x 9.5

Pages: Pp 295

S#: 0138.12.0216

   
Five illustrations by Ralph Fletcher Fletcher: Frontispiece, Pages 8, 102, 182 and 249.
   
   
1918
   

(Title Page)

Date: 1918

Title: Bethlehem’s Gift (Soft Cover) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Chicago)

Author: Arranged by: Free, Margaret

Description:

Size: Story of Christmas from the New Testament. Scripture arranged by Margaret Free. Six full page illustrations by Jessie Arms Botke. End pages also illustrated by Botke. Chapters include: Prophesies, The Annunciation, The Magnificent, Annunciation to Joseph, The Nativity, The Shepherds, The Star of Bethlehem, and Fulfillment. The sixth illustration, The Wise Men, is reduced and affixed to the front cover. Cover text gilt. Printed throughout in two-color. Top and bottom pages trimmed, sides uncut. Original list price 25c. 4.5 x 6.6 (First Edition)

Pages: Pp 22

 
(Example Spread)

S#: 0139.06.0214

   
Date: 1918

Title: Idylls of the Skillet Fork (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Chicago. Trimmed top and bottom. Paper label on spine.)

Author: Wild, Payson, S.

Description: Quaint and unusual poems in the vernacular of the native of Egypt, Illinois. Dedication: To The Presiding Spirit (In a Manner of Speaking) Herein Called "B I L L" of Skillet Fork Farm on the Borders of "Egypt." Foreword: Twenty-two of these Bucolics have appeared from time to time during the last three years in "A Line O’ Type or Two" of The Chicago Tribune. For permission to reprint them here I am indebted to the genial "Conductor." A compilation of 26 poems. Includes three photographs. Cover printed in four colors. Original list price $1.50. (First Edition) 

Size: 5.25 x 7.75

Pages: Pp 80

S#: 0139.09.1114

   
Date: 1918

Title: Life of Adrienne d’Ayen, Marquise de La Fayette. Translated from the French by S. Richard Fuller (Hard Cover) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Chicago. Printed on a beige stock with a Watermark: ANGLO-SAXON, J W P CO.)

Author: Guilhou, Marguerite

Description: This little volume - it is scarcely more than an essay - is interesting mainly for the side lights it gives upon the life of the husband of the central figure. The Marquise de La Fayette was a worthy companion to her distinguished husband sharing to the full his liberal and generous ideas and interfusing them with a piety sincere and deep. Her life was a fairly long one, checkered by the varying fortunes into which her husband fell; she was adored, with him, in the early stages of the Revolution, and also shared the odium which finally settled on him, and was responsible for his long imprisonment at Olmutz. His lot there became literally her own, for she journeyed after him and insisted upon becoming his fellow prisoner. They were finally released, after the Marquis had been incarcerated five and his wife two years. The death of the Marquise was a saintly one, well befitting one who had been "so high minded, so heroic in the tragic events of life, so kind, so affable, so simple in the daily routine, so French and so Catholic." Review in The Catholic World, January, 1919, page 544. Includes six half-tone illustrations. Original list price $1.50.(First Edition)

Size: 5.5 x 8

Pages: Pp 69

ST#: 0139.08.0814

   
Date: 1918

Title: My Chicago (Hard Cover) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Chicago)

Author: Morgan, Anne

Description: Preface. This book was written when the shadow of war was lowering over this country deepening as the months went by that followed the first year of our entry. They are growing still darker and spreading toward what depths, we do not know; creeping round every home in the land, peering through every window like a sinister stranger. My story deals with happier times... That we shall remember tranquil times, filled with the ardor and the glows of old ambitions, old achievements is sweet and proper... Includes 17 photographs, one portrait signed by author, "Faithfully yours, Anne Morgan, 1918." Original list price $2.50.

Size: 6 x 8.25

Pages: Pp 201

S#: 0139.07.0814

   
Date: 1918

Title: Ralph Fletcher Seymour Post Card 1918. World War I Red Cross Post Card.

Description: Face: "Artists’ Aid To The Red Cross. I want this simple message to reach you Christmas day. When friends bespeak each other in the good old-fashioned way: And this is just the substance of the message that I send. - The thought of you is playing on the heart-strings of a friend. G.H." Signed Ralph Fletcher Seymour." Verso: "This little card is a warm and friendly greeting to you from your own people. You in turn may write you name and a message below and send it back to some one in your home town." Post marked: "U.S. Army Post Office M.P.E.S., Nov 8, 1918." Illustrated by Ralph Fletcher Seymour. Printed in two-color.

Size: 5.5 x 3.5

S#:
0139.10.1216
   
1919
   
Date: 1919

Title: Italy and Austria, A Contrast. The Unification of Italy; The Military violence of Austria Against Italy (Hard Cover) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Fine Arts Building, Chicago)

Author: Harding, Adelaide Mathews (Mrs. George F. Harding)

Description: Dedicated to: The memory of those Italian soldiers and sailors who went forth to fight the enemies of their country but who did not return. Conclusion: Four Italian heroes achieved the unification of Italy – Giuseppi Mazzini – Vittoria Emmanuelli, II. – Count Camillo Cavour – Giuseppi Garibaldi. Notwithstanding the long years of Austrian domination with its benumbing effect on the populace, Italy has been most fortunate in having courageous, enlightened, far-seeing rulers; from the first King Victor Emmanuel II, down through the reign of her present King Victor Emmanuel III... Original list price $1.75. 4.6 x 7.25 (First Edition) 

Size:

Pages: Pp 244

S#: 0141.08.0114

   
1920
   
Date: Circa 1920 (Not Dated)

Title: Cupid’s Pranks. Collected and Composed by Phoebe Strong Dunham. (Published by the Ralph Fletcher Seymour Company, Fine Arts Building, Chicago. Note: not dated.)

Author: Dunham, Phoebe Strong

Description: A composite of poems by authors that include: Browning, Byron, Shelly, Leigh Hunt, Longfellow, St. Augustine and Homes. Title page has an illustration of cupids tipped in. Printed on beige paper with a "suede <D> finish" watermark. The "D" is within a diamond. Includes eleven illustrations by an unknown artist, but possibly by Seymour. (First Edition) 

Size: 5.5 x 8.1

Pages: Pp 27

S#: 0142.14.1215

   
Date: 1920

Title: Red Earth: Poems of New Mexico (Hard Cover) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Chicago. Printed on laid paper with a "Canterbury, The PM Co., Quality" watermark. Top and bottom trimmed, side uncut. Paper covered boards.)

Author: Corbin, Alice

Description: The majority of the poems in this book were first published in "Poetry, A Magazine of Verse." From the Stone Age was printed in "The New Republic"; Tree and Horses and Bird-Song and Wire in "The Dial"; the others appear here for the first time. A collection of 51 poems. Inscribed by the author, "To Mrs. Hunter (Frances Swan Hunter), with cordial regards from, Alice Corbin." This was the authors third published book of poetry: The Linnet Songs (1898), The Spinning Woman of the Sky (1912). She was an associate editor at "Poetry" from 1912 until 1922, and co-edited, with Harriet Monroe, two editions of the anthology "The New Poetry" (1923 and 1932). (First Edition)

Size: 5.4 x 8.5

Pages: Pp 58

S#: 0142.11.0114

   
Date: 1920

Title: Sketches in Lyric Prose and Verse (Hard Cover) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Chicago, under the Alder Brink Press Imprint. Printed on Old Stratford deckle edge paper. "This edition of ‘Schetches in Lyric Prose and Verse’ is limited to 50 de luxe numbered copies on Old Stratford deckle edge paper, signed by the author, and the regular edition. Printed by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, The Alderbrink Press, Chicago, MCMXX. Number 13." [Signed] Heartfully yours, Natalie W. Price.)

Author: Price, Natalie Whitted

Description: A compilation of 46 poems and verse. "Spring, passing on her way, came to a hill-crest, where Ennui reclined, wrapped in the sleep of weariness. Upon the crusty leaves of winter's hoarding his frame lay motionless, in utter lassitude. So gentle was the tread of Spring, so mute her breath, that he awakened not at her approach. Perceiving him, she smiled and drew near. Bending above him she lifted from her brow a fragrant garland and placed it lightly on his own, and from her tasseled apron she drew a hundred roses, binding them with the tendrils of soft mosses, as a pillow for his head. The trailing vines about her feet she laced into a verdant spread with which she covered him and dotted it with pedaled stars of choicest hue; and in the heart of every flower, and through each palpitating leaf she breathed the fragrance of her own sweet self. With sunshine smiles she chased the shivering gnomes of winter from the surrounding wood, and from the silences she beckoned waiting birds and bade them sing a rhapsody..." Original list price $2.00. (First Edition) 

Size: 5.5 x 8.5 

Pages: Pp 80

S#: 0142.13.0116

   
1921
   
Date: 1921

Title: Out of The Gathering Basket . A Series of Sketches on Gardens and Books (Hard Cover) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Chicago. Cover design and decorations by Ralph Fletcher Seymour. Printed on a beige paper with the watermark "DRESDEN PAMPHLET." Top edge trimmed, others uncut.)

Author: Mauran, Grace Goodman

Description:
"During a memorable conversation between Bazarov, the hero of Turgenev’s Father and Children, and his fascinating friend, Madame Odinstov, the subject of happiness is introduced, and Madame Odinstov questions: "Tell me why it is that even when we are enjoying music, for instance, or a fine evening, or a conversation with sympathetic people, it all seems an intimation of some measured happiness existing apart somewhere rather than actual happiness such as, I mean, we are ourselves in possession of?’ " Frontispiece is an etching from a copper plate by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, printed on beige paper with the watermark "Bay... Strath..." Original list price $1.50. (First Edition) Two copies.

Size: 5.1 x 8

Pages: Pp 101

S#:
 0144.09.0316,  0144.12.1217
   
Out of The Gathering Basket frontispiece etchings by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, pulled from a copper plate, and bound into the volume. Etching is plate engraved with his initials, signed lower right. 
   
 
Mary Landon Baker 1928, Courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery, London
Date: 1921

Title: Verbum Sapienti (Hard Cover DJ) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Chicago. Boards covered in gray cloth. Gilt lettering stamped on cover. Dust jacket, stiff paper, printed in black. Printed on beige paper with the watermark of the letter "A" superimposed over an eagle with spread wings, and the text "Albion Text." Top and side trimmed, bottom untrimmed.)

Author: Baker, Mary Landon

Description: Mary Landon Baker was born into great wealth in 1901. She published this volume in 1920 (first edition) when she was just 19. Verbum Sapienti, "A word to the wise" a collection of her observations about life and human experience. At 21 she made headlines when she left Allister McCormick of the famous McCormick family (International Harvester), at the alter, then repeated it a number of times. It was reported that by  the end of her life she had turned down over 65 proposals. The term "Mary Bakered" became synonymous with no-shows. Page vii (p.1), "God thought, and the Universe became." Page viii, "Perfection is a synonym of Spirit." Page ix, "Forgiveness is enlightenment." Etc. After living most of her adult life in Europe, she past away on July 13, 1961 at 61 years of age. (Second Edition) 

Size: 4.5 x 6.5

Pages: Pp 49

S#:
0144.11.0317
   
1922
   
Date: 1922

Title: Ralph Fletcher Seymour etching "Afternoon on the Desplaines" 1922.

Description: View from the shore. A fisherman sits on the end of a boat floating close to shore. In the background is an arched bridge. Hand written in pencil bottom left: "Afternoon on the Desplaines." Hand written in pencil bottom right: "To Mary Arnold, with the appreciation of Ralph Fletcher Seymour." Etched in plate lower left: "Ralph Fletcher Seymour." Etched in plate lower right: "MCMXXII Ralph Fletcher Seymour."

Size: Etching from a copper plate, 8.6 x 6.6. Sheet size: 12 x 9.75. Framed: 15.75 x 14.5.

S#:
0147.14.1117
   
Left: Detail of "Afternoon on the Desplaines"

Right: Etched in plate lower right: "MCMXXII Ralph Fletcher Seymour."


   

Left: Hand written in pencil bottom left: "Afternoon on the Desplaines."

Right: Hand written in pencil bottom left: "To Mary Arnold, with the appreciation of Ralph Fletcher Seymour."
   
Date: 1922

Title: Faces and Open Doors (Hard Cover) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Chicago. Label pasted on spine.)

Author: Lee, Agnes

Description: A compilation of 52 poems. Although many of Agnes Lee’s poems were previously published in numerous magazines, this was the first time to be compiled and published in book form. "This book contains many of my recent poems and I have selected and revised others, from my former volumes, to bear them company. For kind permission for reprinting I thank: Poetry, a Magazine of Verse, The North American Review, The Atlantic Monthly, The Bookman, The Dial, Collier's, The Bellman, The Youth's Companion, The Poetry Journal and The Craftsman." In 1926 won Poetry magazine’s Guarantors’ Prize, which had previously been won by Robert Frost. Edgar Lee Masters, was an admirer of her poetry. Original list price $1.50. (First Edition) 

Size: 5 x 7.75

Pages: Pp 120

S#: 0147.07.1014

   
Date: 1922

Title: Juliette Recamier. Her Life and Times (Hard Cover) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Chicago) Printed on laid paper with the watermark "Albion Text." Top pages are trimmed, other uncut.

Author: Austrain, Delia

Description: "In the library of a certain bachelor, known for his austere and somewhat rigid qualities, a life-sized portrait of Madame Recamier hangs conspicuously. Her piquant loveliness adds an incongruous radiance to the gloomy and rather monotonous room. She is there, I have suspected, because she represents a world he would have liked to live in, a world of free spirit and intellect, of romance, charm and beauty. Delia Austrian's new biography, Juliette Recamier makes you feel that to the author she is the same sort of symbol. You appreciate the industry even enthusiasm that prompted the study, But when you’ve finished reading it you know as little about the woman as you did from looking at her portrait. You are conscious that she was a vivid and lovely person, that she lived in stirring literary and political times. You know that she lived intensely, thought deeply and suffered much yet she remains after all, an unknown personality..." Florence Guy Woolston, The New Republic, September 20, 1922. Original list price $4.00. (First Edition) 

Size: 6.25 x 10

Pages: Pp 169

S#:
0147.11.1016
   


Illustrations by Ralph Fletcher Seymour
   
Date: 1922

Title: My Hearthside, Poems written to Sally (Hard Cover) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Chicago. Printed on a beige paper with the watermark "DRESDEN PAMPHLET." Top and bottom edges trimmed, side uncut. Missing frontispiece portrait.)

Author: Cheney, John Vance

Description:  A compilation of 10 poems. "Thou and I. Love, I would have thee as the snow is, white; And pure on hilltops of the winter day; Thou shouldst have sovereign rule, the spirit sway; Of beauty, wide and shining as the light. Thou shouldst be as the evening star is, bright; As heaven can make it; all thy summer way; The melodies of June should sing and play; In thee, the darling of the day and night. But I would have thee human first and last, One not untouched by trouble, sought of sin, Thine innocence not accident, but choice. Fit then my service: I should have no past, No future; newly would my life begin, Obedient to the music of thy voice." Note: The fourth book published by Way & Williams in 1895 was "Queen Helen, and Other Poems" by John Vance Cheney.
(First Edition) 

Size: 5.25 x 8 

Pages: Pp 45

S#:
0147.09.0316
   
1923
   




Date: 1923

Title: Experimenting With Human Lives. The Fine Art Society, Olive Hill, Hollywood, California. (Soft Cover) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Chicago. The pages are folded Japanese style and printed in red and black. A strip of cloth, 7" x 1/2" is stapled on the front and back, then glued into a stiff paper cover that wraps around the booklet and forms a folder.)

Author: Wright, Frank Lloyd

Description: This undated pamphlet was written after the 1923 earthquake in Japan. "The rim of the Pacific basin is no place to experiment with human lives in the interests of an architectural expedient. Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tokio (sic), all on the rim of this great basin, are infested by that expedient. That expedient is the tall steel frame building we call the skyscraper, and it has no better scientific, aesthetic or moral basis for existence as a bid for human sacrifice then the greed of the speculative landlord, the unworthy ambition of commercialized architects, or false civic pride that encourages and protects both. This great basin of the Pacific is overloaded, – overloaded with gigantic waters. Occasionally, as faults and fissures occur in its floor owing to the strains of this overload, water rushes down with enormous pressure to internal fires – creating steam and gases of incalculable power, seeking escape through other internal crevices leading to the upper air and convulse and alter the confirmation of the earth-crust in doing so..." Frank Lloyd Wright.
       Ralph Fletcher Seymour wrote: "Frank Wright went to Japan and built the Imperial Hotel. An earthquake which shattered much of Tokyo left his building uninjured. He consider this to be a justification for his architectural principles and practices and wrote a little monograph to that effect, which I also printed for him..." (p.114) Seymour continued, "There is also a square shaped, thin paper pamphlet, printed in red and black, on pages 1.4.5.8.9, etc. written by Wright on the topic ‘Experimenting With Human Lives.’ The Fine Arts Society, Olive Hill, Hollywood, California are the alleged publishers. It contains an interesting treatise on the direction of edifices, anywhere, in such a way that they will remain standing, but points out that they should be built in accordance with such sound principles of construction as the author, Frank Lloyd Wright used in his various enterprises and, in particular, in the direction of his famous hotel in Tokyo, which almost alone of the many fine edifices withstood the force of the Tokyo earthquake. He writes that "the solution of all great problem is a simple - that is to say, an organic matter of putting the right thing in the right way in the right place. And because it is simple it is difficult and because it is difficult it is rare." "Some Went This Way," Seymour, 1945, p.125-126.
       Robert C. Twombly wrote: "Wright returned to Japan for the last time in November 1922... When the Imperial (Hotel) survived the worst earthquake in Japanese memory, just as Wright said it would, he became something of an international celebrity. Taking advantage of his notoriety, he wrote Experimenting With Human Lives, a pamphlet for the Los Angeles Fine Arts Society... explaining the hotels construction principles. "Frank Lloyd Wright His Life and His Architecture" Twombly, 1979, p.182.
       Katherine Smith wrote: "It was at this time (1923) that the Fine Art Society was formed on Olive Hill. One of its goals was to produce ‘artistic literature’ to distribute throughout the world. Its only known publication was authored by Frank Lloyd Wright, "Experimenting With Human Lives," a pamphlet condemning skyscraper construction in the earthquake-prone Pacific basin which links Tokyo and Los Angeles. This essay seems to be the beginning of Wright's philosophy on low density development which culminate in his writing on Broadacre City." JSAH, Smith, March 1979, p.31, Note 44. Acquired from the estate of Wilbert and Marilyn Hasbrouck. (First Edition) (Sweeney 149)

Size: 7.3 x 6.75

Pages: Pp 12

S#: 0149.00.1217
   
Date: 1923

Title: High Lights and Twilights of Morningshore (Hard Cover) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Chicago. Printed on a beige laid paper, with "Canterbury <D> Laid" watermark, "D" is within a diamond. Title label pasted to spin. Top and bottom cut, side uncut)

Author: Leslie, Sarah Satterthwaite

Description: "A Refreshing Experience. It is refreshing to pick up a book of poetry that openly adopts forms long known as poetic and then endeavors to make something new of them by dint of fresh phrasing and original combination of lines. The reader of such a book is not troubled by unfamiliar patterns, perhaps unpoetic, too. He reads with a feeling of ease, yet meets now and then with pleasant deviations from the expected. Such in general is the book written by Mrs. Leslie. She is a skillful versifier and possessed of real poetic feeling. She speaks naturally in metaphor..." The Michigan Alumnus, April 10, 1924, p. 785. Cover and Title Page design by Ralph Fletcher Seymour. Original list price $2.00. (First Edition) 

Size: 6 x 8.5

Pages: Pp 73

S#: 0156.44.0314

   
Date: 1923

Title: Poems (Hard Cover) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Fine Arts Building, Chicago. Printed on laid paper with a "Marlowe" watermark. Top edge trimmed, others uncut.)

Author: Clay, Susan

Description: Signed by the author.
"Through The Rain. Come to me beloved, Through the rain! Through the silver stalks of rain; Bending from the sea and blowing, Long and white and swift flowing, Like a wild field of grain. All night, here, have I waited, By the rain, By the far edge of the rain, Thinking still to hear your wet, Hasting foot-step and forget, The wistful, wrestling measures of the rain." 
Susan Clay Sawitzky (1897 - 1981) was an American poet and art historian. She was born in Frankfort Kentucky, and grew up on the outskirts of Lexington. She was a great-granddaughter of Henry Clay and a granddaughter of James Brown Clay. In 1927 she married Vassili (William) Sawitzky, an art historian and dealer. The moved east and lived in New York City and Connecticut. "It was Carol Sax, through whom she had met Sawitsky, who introduced her to the publisher of her book of poems. At Sax’s invitation, Ralph Fletcher Seymour brought a collection of etchings to exhibit in Lexington. Susan showed him the sites of Lexington and the countryside… The relationship did not become anything more than a professional one despite Mrs. Clay fears. In December 1923, he published Poems by Susan Clay, a collection of twenty-six short poems written between1917 and 1923." Cautious Rebel. A Biography of Susan Clay Switsky, Lindey Apple, The Kent State University Press, Kent Ohio, and London, 1997. (First Edition) 

Size: 4 x 6.1

Pages: Pp 32

S#:
0156.58.0917
   
1924
   
Date: 1924

Title: The Plea of Clarence Darrow, August 22nd 23rd & 25th 1924. In defense of Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopold Jr. On trial for murder. Authorized and revised edition. Together with a brief Summary of the facts. (Soft Cover) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Fine Arts Building, Chicago. Top pages trimmed, others uncut.)

Author: Darrow, Clarence

Description: "Society in its relation to those charged with crime, through its organized agencies first demanded revenge as a punishment, then protection, then restraint. Today it aims to reform or reconstruct the offender, and already anticipates the day when prevention of crime may become a practical achievement. Clarence Darrow gave voice to this forward looking principle of social government in his eloquent plea before the bar of justice, and has expressed it with such clearness and conviction that it must long remain as a masterpiece of pleading for the social outcast and the offender. As such the publishers have undertaken its publication." Original list price 50c. (Revised Edition)

Size: 5.5 x 8

Pages: Pp 121

S#: 0157.12.0314

   
Date: 1924

Title: The Plea of Clarence Darrow, August 22nd 23rd & 25th 1924. In defense of Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopold Jr. On trial for murder. Authorized and revised edition. Together with a brief Summary of the facts. (Hard Cover) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Chicago. Top pages trimmed, others uncut. Card cover with labels pasted to face and spine. Note: both hard and soft cover versions are exactly the same inside. Hard Cover missing photograph of Clarence Darrow.)

Author: Darrow, Clarence

Description: "Society in its relation to those charged with crime, through its organized agencies first demanded revenge as a punishment, then protection, then restraint. Today it aims to reform or reconstruct the offender, and already anticipates the day when prevention of crime may become a practical achievement. Clarence Darrow gave voice to this forward looking principle of social government in his eloquent plea before the bar of justice, and has expressed it with such clearness and conviction that it must long remain as a masterpiece of pleading for the social outcast and the offender. As such the publishers have undertaken its publication." (First Edition) 

Size: 5.5 x 8

Pages: Pp 121

S#:
0157.16.1216
   
1926
   
Date: 1926

Title: Fagots (Hard Cover) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Fine Arts Building Chicago. Printed on beige paper, trimmed on the top and side, untrimmed along the bottom.)

Author: Hubbard, Susan Weare

Description: A compilation of six poems. "Susan Weare Hubbard is a composer of distinction, and this is what tells in her book, ‘Fagots,’ which has just been brought out by Ralph Fletcher Seymour. It is a collection of poems recording scenes in Provance, Languedoc and other places... To this reviewer the thing that sets apart these poems is their sincerity, their deep feeling. Some have this feeling for a face, some for a form – this book is a poet’s expression of passionate feeling for places... The book making has been, of course, quite secure in the hands of Mr. Seymour, that master of delicate designs..." Agnes Lee Freer. Includes four illustrations, most likely by Ralph Fletcher Seymour. (First Edition) 

Size: 4.5 x 6.5

Pages: Pp 19

S#:
0172.27.0316
   
Date: 1926

Title: Jean Blue (Hard Cover) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Chicago. Top edge trimmed, others uncut.)

Author: Terrell, John Upton

Description: The first half of the book is "Jean Blue - A Fantasy of Love." The second half is a compilation of 33 poems by Terrell. "John Upton Terrell, the author of more than 40 books and a historian of the Old West, died in 1988. A Chicago native, Mr. Terrell spent time as a youth on his uncle's ranch in Montana. When he was a teenager, he ran away from home to become a cowboy, and got work as a ranch hand. He later wrote for The San Francisco Chronicle and United Press and covered World War II for Newsweek." New York Times, December 5, 1988. Signed and inscribed by the author. (First Edition) 

Size: 6 x 8.24

Pages: Pp 111

S#: 0
172.28.0416
   
Cover
 
Title Page
Date: 1926

Title: Pink Lightning, A Collection of Verse (Hard Cover DJ) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Chicago) Printed on a beige paper with the watermark "Warren’s Olde Style." The top edge is trimmed, others untrimmed. Of note is the dust jacket. Very unique. Unlike any other dust jacket Seymour produced. Possibly handmade paper. Colors and tone are continuous, no dot pattern exists. Possibly a photographic process? We found no other examples of the dust jacket. Design for the cover differs.

Author: Miller, Francesca Falk

Description: A compilation of 57 poems. Preface. Butterflies: "Poems are fragile yellow butterflies, In summertime. Fluttering, elusive, vagrant little things – Mere idle rhyme. One cannot clasp such restless vagabonds, So swift they spin, Unless, perchance, you find them safely caught Upon a pin! Then— with their outspread, multi-colored wings, For all to see— The little butterflies may be enjoyed, To some degree. Now— in like manner— verses may be bound, Within two covers, And help to pass an idle hour or so, For poetry lovers. So browse a while, but let your fancy reach, Beyond my pen, And, in your vision, see the butterflies, On wing again!" (First Edition)

Size: 6 x 8.75

Pages: Pp 69

S#:
0172.30.0816
   
1928
   
Date: 1928

Title: Across The Gulf. A Narrative of a Short Journey Through Parts of Yucatan With a Brief Account of The Ancient Maya Civilization. (Hard Cover) (Published by The Alderbrink Press, Ralph Fletcher Seymour. Half muslin over decorative paper covered boards. Printed on handmade paper with the "Van Gelder Zonen, Holland" watermark. Top edge trimmed, others uncut, deckled edges. Paper label attached to spine.)

Author: Seymour, Ralph Fletcher

Description: "There is a strange land across the Mexican gulf over which morning mist of opal and silver twist and sway among the tangles of jungle. The sun fighting its way across the country reveals tableaus of vine tangled tree tops, palms and hennequen, or time-scarred gates of old Spanish haciendas..." Not only did Seymour write this volume, but illustrated it, designed the type and also published it. Twenty woodcut illustrations and one folded woodcut map. "This book entitled ‘Across The Gulf’ is issued in an edition of 425 numbered and signed copies. It is set up in Alderbrink type, illustrated and designed by the author and printed for the Alderbrink Press in Chicago. October, MCMXXVIII. Ralph Fletcher Seymour (signed), Number 224." (First Edition)

Size: 7.75 x 10.8

Pages: Pp 63

S#:
0215.20.0117
   


Nine of the Twenty woodcut illustrations and one folded woodcut map. Illustrations by Ralph Fletcher Seymour.

















   
   
   
   
 
   
Date: 1928

Title: Spanish Folk Songs of New Mexico. Collected & Transcribed by Mary R. Van Stone, With a Forward by Alice Corbin (Soft Cover) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, 410 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago)

Author: Van Stone, Mary Van

Description:
Cover and title page illustrated by Ralph Fletcher Seymour. "The folk-songs included in this volume are sung by the native Spanish-speaking people of New Mexico. The tunes are familiar to anyone who has lived even a short time in the state, but the words are more difficult to discover with any certainty, chiefly because there are so many variants. Usually each song has a fixed stanza or two which everyone knows, and from these proceed and infinite variety of local versions or improvisations, many of which are composed on the moment to suit the occasion, and therefore included by other singers, to become a permanent part of the song. To collect all the variance would be a labor of love beyond the scope and the purpose of this volume, of which ‘the song’s the thing’ and the folk-student may follow the alluring trail as he will..." (Foreword.) (First Edition)

Size: 9.25 x 12.25

Pages: Pp 41

ST#:
0215.21.0917
   
Date: 1928

Title: Ralph Fletcher Seymour etching "Old Frankfort" 1928.

Description: On February 5, 1928, The Chicago Daily Tribune announced: "The Chicago Society of Etchers opened their annual exhibition last week in the print rooms of the Art institute. It is a keen shame that more space Is not allotted to this exhibit. There are 323 etchings hung this year, and another 300 equally good had to be refused. Possibly it may be arranged that the society shall have all the galleries of the print department for this yearly affair. Upstairs, It is true, the Chicago artists have the entire cast wing for their work.... The current show is exceptionally good. The average is so high it is difficult to find peaks. The most satisfactory way, perhaps, is to select the ten which please you the most and dub them your peaks. I tried that, a little, and had for one result this list of etchings which should not be missed; "Eagle," by H. Emerson Tuttle; " Grand Mosque, Kalronan," by Louis C. Rosenberg; " Log Team," by George Soper; " Corn Stubble," by. Lee Sturges; " Comrades All," by George Rosier; " Dancing on Hampstead Heath," by Laura Knight; "Sand Dunes," by Sears Gallagher; "La Mangla, Siena," by John Taylor Arms; "Angker Bayou at Sunset," by Lucille Douglass; " Pig Market," by Pop Hart; "Black Brig," by W. A. Sherwood; " Old Frankfort," by Ralph Fletcher Seymour; " Capitol, Rome," by Geoffrey H. Wedgwood." Page 89. It is also listed in "Fine Prints of the Year" 1928. "Seymour, Ralph Fletcher, Fine Arts Building, Chicago, Illinois. Etchings... Old Frankfort, 12 ½ x 6 ½, $20.00..." Signed in pencil "Old Frankfort, Ralph Fletcher Seymour."

Size: Etching from a copper plate, 6.5 x 12.5. Framed: 12.25 x 18.5.

S#:
0215.19.0217

   
Date: 1928

Title: Ralph Fletcher Seymour etching "Rothenberg Turm" Circa 1928.

Description: In 1928 Seymour produced the etching "Old Frankfort." 174 kilometers to the Southeast is Rothenburg, Germany. Old Rothenburg is filled with many "Turms" ("Towers"). This etching in particular is the "Weißer Turm," on Georgengasse Street, viewed from just across Pfarrgasse Street. When Seymour etched this scene, it was etched on the plate as seen, which when printed, is viewed backwards. It is listed as one of Seymour’s etchings in "Fine Prints of the Year" 1928. "Seymour, Ralph Fletcher, Fine Arts Building, Chicago, Illinois. Etchings..." Signed in the plate, bottom left hand corner "RFS." Signed in pencil "Rothenberg Turm, Ralph Fletcher Seymour."

Size: Etching pulled from a copper plate, 7.9 x 10.75. Sheet size: 11.5 x 15. Framed: 14 x 17.5.

S#:
0215.22.1017
   

"Weißer Turm," today. Note: this image has been flipped horizontally to match the view in the etching. Courtesy Google Earth.
   
1929
   
Date: 1929

Title: Gray Moss (Hard Cover DJ) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Fine Arts Building. Title page includes Seymour’s Alderbrink Press insignia. Printed on a laid paper with a watermark that includes a scale hanging within a circle and the text "Utopian." Top edges trimmed, others uncut.)

Author: Harrison, Edith Ogden

Description: Foreword: "In offering this little volume to her readers the author recognizes that the stories contained therein are exactly what their title expresses, - brief episodes, some true, some with only a semblance of truth for a basis. Born and reared in the Crescent City, the writer’s memories cluster about it..." Includes 20 tales of the Old South. "In this characterful book New Orleans, which is the heart of the Old South and which is today so rapidly merging into modern life, is presented in all its naive and impetuous character. Not a story but is founded on some old romance or is an almost literal re-telling of a dramatic episode, and told so beautifully as to hold the reader’s interest to the last chapter." Publisher’s description. Frontispiece is a portrait of the author. Signed by the author. (First Edition) 

Size: 6.25 x 8.75

Pages: Pp 205

S#: 0228.20.0414

   
Date: 1929

Title: In The Wind’s Whistle (Hard Cover) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Fine Arts Building, Chicago. Published with the courtesy of the Chicago Tribune, in which these verses first appeared. Printed on laid paper with "Utopian" watermark. Boards covered in paper, cloth spine. A label is glued to the spine.)

Author: Jewett, Eleanor

Description: A compilation to 74 poems first published in the Chicago Tribune. Preface: "...We found all these songs jumping and bumping around in the wind’s whistle as the wind ran in and out of our yard and around our house..." Jewett was an art critic. She obtained a job at the Chicago Tribune in 1917 through the editor, her cousin Colonel Robert McCormick. In 1918, she became the art editor. She retired in 1956. She also wrote poems which were published in the Tribune. She first published "From the Top of My Column" in 1927. Dated by the Smithsonian, Archives of American Art, which holds her collection. Signed by both the author and artist. Includes 34 illustrations by Eleanor Duke. Original list price $2.00. (First Edition) 

Size: 6.25 x 9.25

Pages: Pp 83

S#: 0228.19.0414

   
Date: 1929

Title: Announcing the Publication of Two New Books, Gray Moss by Edith Ogden Harrison, In the Wind’s Whistle, by Eleanor Jewett. (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Publisher, Fine Arts Building, Chicago. Printed on laid paper, with a "Linweave Text" watermark.)

Description: In the Wind’s Whistle, By Eleanor Jewett. "In the Wind’s Whistle," which is published today, is a delightful collection of children’s verses written by Eleanor Jewett and illustrated with many drawings by Eleanor Duke... Gray Moss, By Edith Ogden Harrison. The publishers take pleasure in announcing the publication of a book entitled "Gray Moss," being for the most part tales of the Old South... Found within a copy of Gray Moss.

Size: 6.25 x 9.5

S#: 0228.21.0414

   
Date: 1929

Title: The Anxious Bench or Life at a Prep School (Hard Cover) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, The Alderbrook Press, Fine Arts Building, Chicago. Printed on a cream laid paper with a Utopian watermark. Top edge trimmed, others uncut. Illustrated by the author.)

Author: Laflin, Louis E., Jr.

Description: "Roe from the Tennessee Shad. As friend and fellow Princetonian of Mr. Laflin I have long been privy to his abilities, so when I received my review copy of his book I had at it with enthusiasm. Nor was I disappointed. He’s done a very interesting piece of work, which will make him conspicuous among writers of boarding-school life and will certainly endear him to the sons of Lawrenceville as the residuary legatee of Owen Johnson in direct apostolic succession. What fun he must have had doing it..." John T. Rodgers, The Princeton Alumni Weekly, January 17, 1930, p.386-7. Original list price $3.00. (First Edition) 

Size: 6 x 9.25

Pages: Pp 337

S#: 0228.30.1115

   
1930
   
(Title Page)
 
(Example of dust jacket)
Date: 1930

Title: The Scarlet Riders (Hard Cover) (Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Chicago. Printed on beige laid paper with a watermark that includes a scale hanging within a circle and the text "Utopian." Top edges trimmed, others uncut.)

Author: Harrison, Edith Ogden

Description: A romantic, western novel about train robbery, banditry and the Royal Mounted Police of Saskatchewan. "...He handed her the little yellow envelope and bowed ceremoniously to Maitland. ‘Even in the eyes of your own social world, Lady Millicent,’ he proceeded, ‘the man whom you have chosen will be regarded as a fit mate for you. His present victory over all his adversaries is only the presage of other and more brilliant victories to come. I have the honor to present to you the new senator from British Columbia.’ The End." Born in 1862, Harrison was a well-known author of children's books and fairy tales in the early part of the twentieth century. She was also the wife of Carter Harrison, Jr., five-term mayor of Chicago. L. Frank Baum, an acquaintance, adapted her first book "Prince Silverwings" for the stage. Her novel "The Lady of the Snows" (1912) was made into a full length film in 1915. Signed by the author, "For Althea Parlain..." (First Edition)

Size: 6.3 x 8.75

Pages: Pp 188

S#: 0249.38.0814

   
1931
   
Date: 1931

Title: Helvetia by Her Mother: A fragmentary Diary (Hard Cover) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Chicago, Ill. Blue paper covered boards with dark blue cloth spine. Decorative color title label is mounted to the front cover. Top edges trimmed, others uncut.)

Author: Brown, Helen Deshler

Description: "Helvetia took complete possession of me in Switzerland! I didn’t know it at the time. I thought I was just drinking in the beauties of Lake Leman and its mountains... As I look back over the long interlude I realize how many false values of life have fallen away from me and how the non-essentials have retreated to their merited obscurity. Time should never be measured by hours and minutes but by each individual’s complete oblivion to it or vivid consciousness of it. I often wonder what God did with himself during the thousand years that seemed to him as one day. Had I but his recipe during these past nine months what a merry twinkling it might have been for me... P.S.: William Tell is three weeks old today..." (Second Edition)

Size: 5.2 x 7.5

Pages: Pp 54

S#: 0300.07.0114

   
Date: 1931

Title: When I Was At Farmington (Hard Cover) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Fine Arts Building, Chicago)

Author: Ferry, Abby Farwell

Description: "Introduction. My devotion to our beloved Miss Porter I am demonstrating as best I can by compiling these memories of Farmington days. I am only too well aware that I am unworthy the task: ceaseless work cannot take the place of efficiency; the only thing I can claim is, that I have done as well as I could under the circumstances. A word about these circumstances will not be amiss, I hope, and will throw about me some feeling of encouragement knowing that you will understand. This idea was not my own, I must confess but was suggested to me through reading a symposium, of a society, (nameless here) whose members had prepared just such a collection as you have here. I thought, at once, of getting more stories and asked if I could not take this brochure home with me with the idea in view of enlarging it and having it published. This book was typewritten and simply tied with ribbon. Then I knew nothing about Miss Porter's wish."
(First Edition) 

Size: 6.4 x 9.25

Pages: Pp 296

S#:
0300.11.1217
   
1932
   
Date: 1932

Title: Fur and Feathers and a Few Other People (Hard Cover DJ) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Chicago)

Author: Heron, Grace

Description: "Fur and Feathers is Book Number One of the Checker Series." A collection of verses and short stories for children. Seymour also published "What Word Will You Choose," by Heron, 1932. The dust jacket is a decorative transparent tissue. (First Edition)

Size: 7.5 x 9.25

Pages: Pp 50

S#: 0361.06.0315

   
Date: 1932

Title: Songs And Sonnets, 1915-1932 (Hard Cover) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Chicago. Printed on stiff, possibly handmade paper. Top is trimmed and gilt, others untrimmed.)

Author: Wyman, Rebecca McDoel

Description: A compilation of 44 Songs and Sonnets by Rebecca McDoel Wyman. "Offering. I am a string of antique Chinese jade // Sent as a gift to my heart's emperor. // Hang me about the throat, // I'll turn as warm as pebbles in June sun. // Shut me again in my dark box and pass, // I'll stay as cool as twilight air in spring, // I'll be as meaningless as clouded glass." "Copyright 1832 by Mrs. William K. Kenly." Kenly was the author’s mother. Rebecca McDoel Wyman past away in 1932. Possibly published by Wyman’s mother as a memorial to her daughter. "Rebecca McDoel Wyman. Chicago. 1897-1932." Loose 3.1 x 2.25 card placed in pages. "Mrs. William K. Kenly. Twenty-seven Scott Street" which is one of the Brownstones along Chicago’s Gold Coast, just blocks off of Lake Michigan. (First Edition)

Size: 5.75 x 8.5

Pages: Pp 77

S#:
0361.10.0317
   
(Title Page)
 
(Cover with tissue dust jacket)
Date: 1932

Title: What Word Will You Choose? (Hard Cover DJ) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Chicago, Ill)

Author: Heron, Grace

Description: "Did you ever try weighing and testing and measuring words against each other to catch their scintillating facets of exact meaning, as a jewel does his gens? All words are worthy in their place and requirement, for every one of them is a faithful conveyor of some meaning..." Cover and title page designed by Ralph Fletcher Seymour. Eight chapters, each begin with stylized initial capital letter. Printed cover is wrapped around stiff boards, folded and glued to the inside front and back boards. Thin tissue dust jacket is wrapped around front and back cover, glued to the inside back cover and appears to be original, but not confirmed. (First Edition)

Size: 6.25 x 8

Pages: Pp 34

S#: 0361.03.1213

   
1933
   
(Title Page)
 
(Example of dust jacket)
Date: 1933

Title: Hetaira (Hard Cover) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, 410 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago)

Author: Brown, Cornelia Dodd

Description: "Foreword: Athens, for once, had a grey, heavy sky; during the night, fog had been coming in from the distant sea. Just before noon, showers caught me near a curious little shop... I moved toward this brilliant object and bent forward to examine it. Exquisitely sculptured, the figure of a woman stood there in a flowing Grecian robe. Beneath the perfectly carved sandals, was one word: Hetaira. The sheer beauty of this thing was genius; Greek genius of long ago. (First Edition)

Size: 5.5 x 8

Pages: Pp 293

S#: 0370.15.0116

   
1934
   
 
Printers Mark on the last page.
Date: 1934

Title: Commonplace Book 1854-1934. (Cover affixed to stiff covers.) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Chicago) Signed by the author. "Ellen Dear, Remembering our many happy times. Love Always, Ruth."

Author: Compiled by: Jeffries, Ruth Gaddis

Description: "The young ladies of the middle of the last century did not keep diaries as do the girls of today, telling of their dates and various and sundry swains and suitors and their secret thoughts; but kept what they called their "Common Place Book" – just their thoughts on the common place things of this life, and, as we shall see, many thoughts of the next! Original poems, written both by themselves and their closest friends, and selections of the best loved ones of their times were gathered: here a pressed rose and there a bow knot of silver. Things most dearly prized in their lives and hearts but quaintly labelled "Common Place"..." A compilation of poems and stories. Printers Mark on last page. (First Edition)

Size: 5.5 x 8.25

Pages: Pp 29

S#:
0376.01.0517
   
1935
   
Date: 1935

Title: Through The Years, Poems by Elizabeth Newell (Hard Cover DJ) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Chicago. Printed on laid paper with "Town Crier Text (American)" watermark. Text is repeated upside down.)

Author: Newell, Elizabeth

Description: Signed by the Author. "Poems which have been printed before are included in this collection by courtesy of and with th consent of The Curtis publishing Company and other publications." A compilation of 90 poems. This volume was dedicated to the Terre Haute Pen and Brush Club. The club was established in 1920. In 1925 and 1934, Newell was a Vice President. Original list price $1.50. (First Edition)

Size: 6 x 8.25

Pages: Pp 107

S#: 0397.21.0414

   
1936
   
Date: 1936

Title: Ralph Fletcher Seymour 1936.

Description: Photographed by Harold E. Way while Seymour was artist in residence at Know College, Galesburg, Illinois. In 1937, Seymour painted Abraham Lincoln, on stage, giving a speech at the Lincoln-Douglas debate at Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois, October 7th 1858. The painting hangs in the college’s Old Main. He also etched "Old Main" Knox College, A commemorative etching, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Knox College. Courtesy of Knox College.

Size: 8 x 9 B&W photograph.

S#:
0404.31.0517
   
Date: 1936

Title: Anniversary And Other Poems (Hard Cover) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Chicago. Top and bottom edges trimmed. Side uncut.)

Author: Thayer, Harriet Maxon

Description:
A compilation of 39 poems by Harriet Maxon Thayer. "Anniversary. Again he didn't understand her quite, because of that familiar way she had, Of skipping have a dozen steps or so, In a literal argument, arriving so, At what, to her, perhaps, seemed logical, As in he knows on face..." Inscribed: M. H. Moran, from Maxie - Harriet Moxon Thayer. Original list price $2.00. (First Edition)

Size: 6 x 9

Pages: Pp 78

S#:
0404.32.0517
   
Date: 1936

Title: The Art Digest - 1st May, 1936 (Published monthly June - September, Semi-Monthly October - May by The Art Digest, Inc., New York)

Author: Anonymous

Description: " ‘Old-Fashioned’ Print Wins in Philadelphia. Ralph Fletcher Seymour was awarded the Charles M. Lea prize at the Philadelphia Print Club’s 13th annual exhibition of American etching, which will remain on view until May 2. His print, entitled ‘Steamboat at the Landing,’ shows a seated girl gazing out of a half-curtained window toward the river craft in the distance. ‘It is the sort of print,’ says C. H. Bonte in the Philadelphia Inquirer, ‘that the moderns will call old-fashioned, and it is indeed true that the technique of an older day, involving much more cross-hatching than is customary in such work now, is strongly in evidence..." Includes one illustration of Seymour’s work. Original cover price 25 cents.

Size: 8.25 x 11.75

Pages: Pp 21

S#:
0404.30.1016
   
1937
   
Date: 1937

Title: Dinner Table Art for The Tired Business Man. Talks about the Modern and Classic Point of View In Works of Art. (Hard Cover) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Fine Arts Building, Chicago)

Author: Pynchon, Adeline Lobdell; With and Introduction by Archipenko, Alexander

Description: A compilation of 60 articles. They have been "reconstructed and edited from some of the illustrated newspaper articles that have appeared weekly under the title of dinner table art in the Chicago Journal of Commerce, those columns which have a more then local or passing interest. Dinner Table Art was a service designed by the publishers to help the "tired business man" to acquire, at least, that's smattering of art knowledge. So many requests for back numbers of the paper have been recorded that it has here been given the more available form of a book..." (Dedication.)
(First Edition)

Size: 7.25 x 10

Pages: Pp 138

S#:
0429.35.1017
   
Date: 1937

Title: Ralph Fletcher Seymour etching "Old Main" 1937.

Description: Ralph Fletcher Seymour was artist in residence at Know College, Galesburg, Illinois. In 1937, Seymour painted Abraham Lincoln, on stage, giving a speech at the Lincoln-Douglas debate at Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois, October 7th 1858. The painting hangs in the college’s Old Main. For the 100th anniversary of Knox College, Seymour also etched this illustration. Text etched in lower left corner: "Old Main" Knox College, A Commemorative Etching, 1837-1937. Hand signed in pencil lower left: "Old Main" Knox College. Hand signed in pencil lower right: Ralph Fletcher Seymour. Signed in pencil by Ralph Fletcher Seymour.

Size: Etching from a copper plate: 12 x 9.4. Sheet size: 14.1 x 10. Framed: 16.5 x 12.5.

S#: 0429.29.0417
   
Set of 5 etched prints by Ralph Fletcher Seymour.  
Date: 1937

Title: Ralph Fletcher Seymour etching "590 North Prairie Street" 1937.
 
Description: Ralph Fletcher Seymour was artist in residence at Know College, Galesburg, Illinois, in 1937. 590 North Prairie St, Galesburg, IL is a 5,390 square foot home built by George A. Lawrence (1859-1934) in 1898 at a cost of $80,000. Built of Colona Sandstone with marble columns, the Lawrence house was the most expensive house built in Galesburg during the 19th century. Lawrence graduated from Knox College in 1875 and became a successful local attorney and banker, and was a longtime trustee of Knox College. His wife Ella (1857 - 1924), was also a Knox graduate, and was one of the founders of the local Daughters of the American Revolution. They had five children, but two passed away in infancy, a son who died at the age of 112, and a daughter that died at the age of 9. Their fifth child, was a daughter, Ella Rebecca Lawrence (1891-1975). Rebecca was on the faculty of Knox College from 1913-16. After she married John Marshall Lowrie in December, 1916, they moved to New York City. In 1928, she wrote Cambric Tea, a book about growing up in Galesburg. Following her husband's death in 1954, she moved to Chicago. The home remained in her name until after her husbands death when it was reported that she donated it to the local School district. We could not find a record of how the home was used while she was in New York City, but one could speculated from this etching. Ralph Fletcher Seymour was artist in residence at Know College, Galesburg, Illinois, in 1937. With the Lawrence’s close ties to Knox College, Seymour may have taken residence at the home during his tenure at Knox College. Ralph Fletcher Seymour received an Honorary Degree Knox College in 1938. Label on back of frame: "Illinois Camera Shop. Weinberg Arcade. Galesburg, - Ill." Etched in the plate: "590 North Prairie Street." Hand signed in pencil lower right: "Ralph Fletcher Seymour." Etching pulled from a copper plate:  Signed in pencil by Ralph Fletcher Seymour.

Size: 7.4 x 5. Sheet size: 9.75 x 7.5. Framed: 11.1 x 9.1.

S#:
0429.30.0517
   
Date: 1937

Title: Ralph Fletcher Seymour etching "590 North Prairie Street" Back Yard 1937.

Description: Ralph Fletcher Seymour was artist in residence at Know College, Galesburg, Illinois, in 1937. 590 North Prairie St, Galesburg, IL is a 5,390 square foot home built by George A. Lawrence (1859-1934) in 1898 at a cost of $80,000. Built of Colona Sandstone with marble columns, the Lawrence house was the most expensive house built in Galesburg during the 19th century. Lawrence graduated from Knox College in 1875 and became a successful local attorney and banker, and was a longtime trustee of Knox College. His wife Ella (1857 - 1924), was also a Knox graduate, and was one of the founders of the local Daughters of the American Revolution. They had five children, but two passed away in infancy, a son who died at the age of 112, and a daughter that died at the age of 9. Their fifth child, was a daughter, Ella Rebecca Lawrence (1891-1975). Rebecca was on the faculty of Knox College from 1913-16. After she married John Marshall Lowrie in December, 1916, they moved to New York City. In 1928, she wrote Cambric Tea, a book about growing up in Galesburg. Following her husband's death in 1954, she moved to Chicago. The home remained in her name until after her husbands death when it was reported that she donated it to the local School district. We could not find a record of how the home was used while she was in New York City, but one could speculated from this etching. Ralph Fletcher Seymour was artist in residence at Know College, Galesburg, Illinois, in 1937. With the Lawrence’s close ties to Knox College, Seymour may have taken residence at the home during his tenure at Knox College. Ralph Fletcher Seymour received an Honorary Degree Knox College in 1938. Label on back of frame: "Illinois Camera Shop. Weinberg Arcade. Galesburg, - Ill." Etched in the plate: "590 North Prairie Street" and lower left hand corner: "Ralph Fletcher Seymour."

Size: Etching pulled from a copper plate: 7.4 x 5. Sheet size: 9 x 6.5. Framed: 11.1 x 9.1.

S#:
0429.31.0517
   
Date: 1937

Title: Ralph Fletcher Seymour etching View From the Back Porch of the Laurence House 1937.

Description: Ralph Fletcher Seymour was artist in residence at Know College, Galesburg, Illinois, in 1937. The Laurence House, 590 North Prairie St, Galesburg, IL is a 5,390 square foot home built by George A. Lawrence (1859-1934) in 1898 at a cost of $80,000. Built of Colona Sandstone with marble columns, the Lawrence house was the most expensive house built in Galesburg during the 19th century. Lawrence graduated from Knox College in 1875 and became a successful local attorney and banker, and was a longtime trustee of Knox College. His wife Ella (1857 - 1924), was also a Knox graduate, and was one of the founders of the local Daughters of the American Revolution. They had five children, but two passed away in infancy, a son who died at the age of 112, and a daughter that died at the age of 9. Their fifth child, was a daughter, Ella Rebecca Lawrence (1891-1975). Rebecca was on the faculty of Knox College from 1913-16. After she married John Marshall Lowrie in December, 1916, they moved to New York City. In 1928, she wrote Cambric Tea, a book about growing up in Galesburg. Following her husband's death in 1954, she moved to Chicago. The home remained in her name until after her husbands death when it was reported that she donated it to the local School district. We could not find a record of how the home was used while she was in New York City, but one could speculated from this etching. Ralph Fletcher Seymour was artist in residence at Know College, Galesburg, Illinois, in 1937. With the Lawrence’s close ties to Knox College, Seymour may have taken residence at the home during his tenure at Knox College. Ralph Fletcher Seymour received an Honorary Degree Knox College in 1938. Label on back of frame: "Illinois Camera Shop. Weinberg Arcade. Galesburg, - Ill." Hand signed in pencil lower right: "Seymour."

Size: Etching pulled from a copper plate: 4.5 x 6.6. Sheet size: 13 x 9 folded to 6.5 x 9, forming a "Card." Inside reads "Greetings. John and Rebecca Lowrie, and appears to be produced as a Greeting Card. Framed: 8.25 x 11.25.

S#:
0429.32.0517
   
Date: 1937

Title: Ralph Fletcher Seymour etching View From the Back Porch of the Laurence House 1937.

Description: Ralph Fletcher Seymour was artist in residence at Know College, Galesburg, Illinois, in 1937. The Laurence House, 590 North Prairie St, Galesburg, IL is a 5,390 square foot home built by George A. Lawrence (1859-1934) in 1898 at a cost of $80,000. Built of Colona Sandstone with marble columns, the Lawrence house was the most expensive house built in Galesburg during the 19th century. Lawrence graduated from Knox College in 1875 and became a successful local attorney and banker, and was a longtime trustee of Knox College. His wife Ella (1857 - 1924), was also a Knox graduate, and was one of the founders of the local Daughters of the American Revolution. They had five children, but two passed away in infancy, a son who died at the age of 112, and a daughter that died at the age of 9. Their fifth child, was a daughter, Ella Rebecca Lawrence (1891-1975). Rebecca was on the faculty of Knox College from 1913-16. After she married John Marshall Lowrie in December, 1916, they moved to New York City. In 1928, she wrote Cambric Tea, a book about growing up in Galesburg. Following her husband's death in 1954, she moved to Chicago. The home remained in her name until after her husbands death when it was reported that she donated it to the local School district. We could not find a record of how the home was used while she was in New York City, but one could speculated from this etching. Ralph Fletcher Seymour was artist in residence at Know College, Galesburg, Illinois, in 1937. With the Lawrence’s close ties to Knox College, Seymour may have taken residence at the home during his tenure at Knox College. Ralph Fletcher Seymour received an Honorary Degree Knox College in 1938. Label on back of frame: "Illinois Camera Shop. Weinberg Arcade. Galesburg, - Ill." Hand signed in pencil lower left: "Ralph Fletcher Seymour."

Size: Etching pulled from a copper plate: 4.5 x 6.75. Green ink. Sheet size: 12.9 x 8.75 folded to 6.4 x 8.75, forming a "Card." Inside printed in Green and black and reads "John and Rebecca Lowrie, Send Holiday Greetings" and appears is produced as a Greeting Card. Framed: 7 x 9.25.

S#:
0429.33.0517
   
Laurence Residence courtesy of Google.
Date: 1937

Title: Ralph Fletcher Seymour etching View of the Southeast corner of the Laurence House 1937.

Description: Ralph Fletcher Seymour was artist in residence at Know College, Galesburg, Illinois, in 1937. The Laurence House, 590 North Prairie St, Galesburg, IL is a 5,390 square foot home built by George A. Lawrence (1859-1934) in 1898 at a cost of $80,000. Built of Colona Sandstone with marble columns, the Lawrence house was the most expensive house built in Galesburg during the 19th century. Lawrence graduated from Knox College in 1875 and became a successful local attorney and banker, and was a longtime trustee of Knox College. His wife Ella (1857 - 1924), was also a Knox graduate, and was one of the founders of the local Daughters of the American Revolution. They had five children, but two passed away in infancy, a son who died at the age of 112, and a daughter that died at the age of 9. Their fifth child, was a daughter, Ella Rebecca Lawrence (1891-1975). Rebecca was on the faculty of Knox College from 1913-16. After she married John Marshall Lowrie in December, 1916, they moved to New York City. In 1928, she wrote Cambric Tea, a book about growing up in Galesburg. Following her husband's death in 1954, she moved to Chicago. The home remained in her name until after her husbands death when it was reported that she donated it to the local School district. We could not find a record of how the home was used while she was in New York City, but one could speculated from this etching. Ralph Fletcher Seymour was artist in residence at Know College, Galesburg, Illinois, in 1937. With the Lawrence’s close ties to Knox College, Seymour may have taken residence at the home during his tenure at Knox College. Ralph Fletcher Seymour received an Honorary Degree Knox College in 1938. Label on back of frame: "Illinois Camera Shop. Weinberg Arcade. Galesburg, - Ill."

Size: Etching pulled from a copper plate: 4 x 4. Sheet size: 7 x 8. Framed: 7.75 x 8.75.

S#:
0429.34.0517
   
1939
   
Date: 1939

Title: Siftings (Hard Cover) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, The Alderbrink Press Chicago, Illinois. Printed on beige paper, top edge trimmed, others uncut.

Author: Jensen, Jens

Description: "Preface. By the open fire memories of earlier days came back for rehearsal, memories of my wanderings in many lands, memories of my own little world in the heart of mid-America. For more than 30 years notes have been recorded without any thought of putting them into readable shape. But here they are – experiences with the soil." The beginning of each chapter is decorated with a small illustration, printed in green. Text is printed in black. The Alderbrink imprint on the title page is also printed in green. At the end of the book, there are two fold-out pages with illustrations of Columbus Park, Chicago, and a "Rural Community Recreation Center." (First Edition)

Size: 6.25 x 9.5

Pages: Pp 110

S#:
0501.38.0118
   
Date: 1939

Title: Twelve Moods in Rhythm (Hard Cover) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Chicago. Printed on a beige laid paper with the watermark "Town Crier Text. Made in The U. S. A." Top edge trimmed, others untrimmed. Title Page illustration most likely by Seymour.)

Author: Hubbard, Susan Weare

Description: A compilation of twelve poems, with the addition of a thirteenth, "A Christmas Watch." "[ I ] Into an empty room, through half closed lattice, a sunbeam lilts its way. Light shod it slips across the polished floor, Darts between slender pillars to rest upon a mirror, A mirror, tarnished, dim – But of a sudden, come to life, Glowing in its own leaping flame. Why is the room so bright? Why is there perfume of flowers.." Not only was Hubbard a writer, but also a composer who published at least 5 musical scores. This is the second volume we have located to date published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour. The first being "Fagots." Original list price $1.25. (First Edition)

Size: 5.5 x 7.5

Pages: Pp 33

S#:
0501.33.0317
   
1941
   
Date: 1941

Title: Artist In Living, Anne and Vibe Spicer, With Some Unpublished Poems by Anne Higginson Spicer (Hard Cover) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Chicago)

Author: Compiled by: Hall, Lucy Duncan; Sanborn, Louise Kirkland; Sears, Dorothy

Description: Foreword: "To have known Anne and Vibe Spicer is to have glimpsed life as something very different form the ordinary, humdrum sense of existence. To them life was alluring, enchanting, full of worthwhile things to do, of beauty, of challenge. They met its challenge with a gallant spirit, an out-giving friendliness, with enthusiasm and courage..."

Size: 5.9 x 8.75

Pages: Pp 180

S#: 0571.11.0314

   
Date: 1941

Title: As Day Breaks (Hard Cover) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Chicago)

Author: Watts, Edith Allen; Inscribed by the author: "For, Mary Lester Luther, in loving remembrance of our precious times together. Edith Allen Watts."

Description: This is "the first book written by Miss Watts. The seventy-five poems constitute a constructive appreciation of some of the serious and amusing emotions which color and vitalize our days. They are distinguished by imagination, beauty of form and construction and may be fairly classified as literature... Appreciators and friends of the accomplished author will welcome this book to their collection of modern verse." Publisher’s Description. Preface: "...Though no effort has ever been made to publish them, some of these verses have been previously printed in Verse Craft; Muse Anthology; Poetry Digest Anthology 1939; Golden Gate Anthology; New York World’s Fair Anthology of Verse, et cetera. E. A. W. Chicago, September 1941." Original list price $2.00.  (First Edition) 

Size: 5.5 x 8.25

Pages: Pp 88

S#: 0571.09.0214

   
Date: 1941

Title: Announcing the Publication of "As Day Breaks" by Edith Allen Watts. (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Chicago)

Description: A flyer and order form. "The publishers take pleasure in announcing the publication of the first book written by Miss Watts. The seventy-five poems constitute a constructive appreciation of some of the serious and amusing emotions which color and vitalize our days. They are distinguished by imagination, beauty of form and construction and may be fairly classified as literature... Appreciators and friends of the accomplished author will welcome this book to their collection of modern verse." Order form removed from bottom of the page.

Size: 5.25 x 5.5

S#: 0571.10.0214

   
Date: 1941

Title: Contourscaping (Hard Cover) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Chicago)

Author: Root, Ralph Rodney

Description: Root was a landscape architect noted for his formalism in style and approach. "Landscaping is an activity dealing entirely with display plantings of trees, shrubs, vines, and garden flowers, and the making of lawns, is the opinion of the many, and that anyone having anything to do with horticultural things is a landscape architect..." Roots fifth book on landscaping. Includes 38 illustrations, one in color. Drawings by Margrette Oatway Dornbusch, Landscape renderings by Frank Polito, Photographs by Vories Fisher. 1,000 copies published. Original list price $10.00. (First Edition)

Size: 7.5 x 10.25

Pages: Pp 246

S#: 0571.14.1014

   
Date: 1941

Title: Reminiscences of a Schoolmaster (Hard Cover) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Chicago)

Author: Dodge, Chester C.

Description: Foreword: "In the following pages Mr. Chester C. Dodge traverses his fifty-four years in the service of education to give us the Reminiscences of a School Man. The first eight of those years were spent in the schools of various small towns once suburbs of Chicago - Englewood, Town of Lake, Hyde Park - a novitiate, in a manner of speaking, which successfully prepared him from his larger sphere of activities in Chicago..." (First Edition)

Size: 5.5 x 7.75

Pages: Pp 148

S#: 0571.12.0314

   
Date: 1941

Title: The Ice Age and The History of The Earth (Hard Cover DJ) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Chicago)

Author: Dankoler, Harry E.

Description: "The author of this book has expounded a long standing theory regarding the change in the polarity of the earth, which may have brought the present polar regions from the tropics to the Frigid Zone, and emphasizes the facts concerning the ‘inter-glacial’ periods caused every 25,800 years by the Precession of the Equinoxes..." (Dust jacket) Signed by the author. Frontispiece is a photograph of the author. Illustration and cover design by Ralph Fletcher Seymour. Original list price $2.00.  (First Edition)

Size: 6.3 x 9.3

Pages: Pp 154

S#: 0571.13.0814

   
1943
   
Date: 1943

Title: For His Return (Hard Cover DJ) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Chicago, Illinois. Bound in dark blue cloth with gilt lettering.)

Author: Fowler, Elsie Melchert

Description: The poems in this book have long been due for presentation in permanent form. The writer Elsie Melchert Fowler has written for magazines and newspapers; some of these poems have been set to song or heard over broadcasts on the air. A considerable range of subject matter and high standard of imagination and of writing give this collection interest and value (dust jacket front flap). No anthology of poems written against the sounding-board of this world’s present agony, will be complete unless it contains Elsie Melchert Fowler’s "For His Return." When I read this poem over the radio, I had more requests for a copy than any poem I have ever read in twenty year of broadcasting... Dr. Preston Bradley. A collection of 65 poems. Original list price $1.50. (First Edition) 

Size: 5.75 x 8.75

Pages: Pp 77

S#: 0595.04.0114

   
1944
   
Date: 1944

Title: Growing Up With Chicago (Hard Cover DJ) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, 410 Michigan Ave, Chicago. In 1947, Harrison authored With The American Red Cross in France 1918-1919, also published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour)

Author: Harrison, Carter H.

Description: Excerpts courtesy of The Newberry Library, Chicago: Carter Henry Harrison IV, like his father, was a five term Democratic mayor of Chicago (1897-1905, 1911-15). He was born on April 23, 1860. In 1874, his father was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. He attended Yale University Law School and practiced law until 1891 when he and his brother took over the operation of the Chicago Times, which their father had recently purchased. On the final day of the World Columbian Exposition, Harrison's father was assassinated in his home by Patrick Prendergast on October 28, 1893. In 1894, they sold the Chicago Times and he focused his energies on his real estate investments until he followed in his father's footsteps and successfully ran for mayor in 1897. When America entered World War I, Harrison desperately wanted to participate, but was too old to serve in the military. Eventually, Harrison was made a Captain in the American Red Cross and stationed in Toul, France, a few miles behind the front lines, where he worked to help make life more comfortable for the American troops stationed and recovering at the several field hospitals located there. In 1933 he was appointed Collector of Internal Revenue for the Northern District of Illinois by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933. He retired from public service for good at the age of 84. He was an avid art collector and donated his substantial art collection to the Art Institute of Chicago, including works by Paul Gauguin, Mary Cassatt, Claude Monet, and Toulouse-Lautrec. He died on Christmas Day, 1953, at the age of ninety-three. On New Year's Eve of that same year, the Chicago City Council passed a resolution recognizing his accomplishments as mayor, Collector of Internal Revenue, world traveler, and patron of the arts. The resolution stated, in part, that "from such men as Carter H. Harrison, men of integrity, vision, high civic ideals and unswerving zeal, we shall take example." Two copies, one with a dust jacket, one without. Original list price $3.50. (First Edition)

Size: 6 x 9.25

Pages: Pp 375

S#: 0605.02.1115, 0605.03.1117

   
1945
   
Date: 1945

Title: How Buddhism Left India (Hard Cover DJ) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Chicago. Undated. Top and sides cut, bottom uncut. Decorations, Cover and title page designed by Ralph Fletcher Seymour.)

Author: O’Connor, Nellie Johnson

Description: Preface: "Traveling through India, I realized for the first time that while Gautama Buddha was born in India and his followers at the time of his death were numbered by thousands, today there are but few Buddhists in India... With this in mind, I became interested in making a study of causes... with the following results." Publishing dates very widely, 1900 to 1957. She wrote an article on parental insolvent in education, published in "The Elementary School Teacher, March 1904. The 1914 "Women’s Who’s Who in America", indicates that Nellie M. Johnson married John O’Connor (1852-1923) in 1887. They had two children. She was interested in civic work. By 1914, She was the retired president of the Chicago Women's Club, and was the acting president of Mary Thompson Hospital Chicago for Women and Children, and was active in the Chicago Woman's Friends in Council City Round Table, A member of the Evangelical Church and favored woman suffrage. In 1915 she and her husband were very active in the Red Cross. There are a couple of clues that help in dating this volume. Page 84: "It has been estimated that there are perhaps out of 350 million people in India..." It was around 1948 that India reached that population. Page 85: "Ghandi... is still himself a Hindu." Present tense. Ghandi past away on January 30, 1948. P. 85: "... followers of Christ in Palestine. According to the latest records, out of a population of over a million, there are only about 135,000 Christians in Palestine, one-quarter as many as the Jews (540,000)..." She refers the the area now called Israel, as Palestine. Israel gained independence as a nation on May 14, 1948. Records indicate that in 1944, there were 135,000 Christians in Palestine, and 554,000 Jews. This would indicate that she wrote this after 1944 when records were available, but before 1948. In looking at the Bibliography list, the latest volume we were able to date was published in 1931. Includes six photographs. (First Edition)

Size: 5.5 x 8.5

Pages: Pp 87

S#: 0647.20.0214

   
Date: 1945

Title: Some Went This Way, A forty Year Pilgrimage Among Artists Bookmen and Printers (Hard Cover DJ) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Publisher, Chicago, Illinois)

Author: Seymour, Ralph Fletcher

Description: "The material in this book relates to times and events about which not much seems to have been written but which should interest those who care for the arts, books and printing. There are until now untold stories of our own artists, painters, poets, sculptures, dancers and architects who did their work among us..." (Dust jacket.) He also touches on his time in the Fine Arts Building, Chicago, his relationships with Harriet Monroe, Chauncey Williams, Francis Fisher Browne (two Wright clients), and Frank Lloyd Wright. "Mr. Williams suggested that we try to catch Frank Lloyd Wright at home some Sunday and pay him a call. We were successful. Mr. Wright then lived in Oak Park. Through the floor and ceiling of his dining room grew a live tree, the flourishing branches of which shaded the roof. This house was built in Wright’s typical and fascinating architectural style, audacious in plan, new in form... He was an authority on Japanese prints and wrote a monograph on the subject which I published... He also laid two manuscripts by Ellen Key on my table, for publication, on which he had the American rights..." p.113-114. Includes 24 decorative illustrations. Original List Price $3.50. (First Edition)

Size: 5.75 x 9

Pages: Pp 294

S#: 0647.19.0114

   
1946
   
Date: 1946

Title: Open Windows (Hard Cover DJ) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Chicago)

Author: Bowen, Louise deKoven

Description: Preface. Many men have been famous raconteurs. Few women have ever found their way into this distinguished group. Among those of recent years, the Abou Ben Adham is Mrs. Joseph T. Bowen of Chicago, whose wit, understanding, and versatility have made her the joy of all her listeners. Perhaps one of the most significant comments was made by a friend who said: "It never matters how many times I have heard these stories. They never grow stale..." Helen M. Bennett. Two chapters on Jane Addams and the Hull House. Includes Cover, decorative designs and 15 illustrations by Ralph Fletcher Seymour. (First Edition)

Size: 6 x 8.75

Pages: Pp 272

S#: 0685.10.0214

   
Date: 1946

Title: Stained Glass Windows. Poems and Fragments of Prose (Hard Cover) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Fine Arts Building, Chicago)

Author: Veeder, Grace Neahr

Description: For A. H. V. II. "My long-time Love, at fifty years. How young your kindly face appears. To An impartial eye. Your walk. Is buoyant still and, as you talk, Your voice, unchanged, the spirit cheers. Yet from your lips one sometimes hears. Regret that scarce a soul reveres. Your actual age. – ‘Tis quite a shock, My long-time Love! Oh let one thought assuage such fears, A greater power than might bring tears, Or make of others’ rights a mock, Your tenderness, when tempests rock, Your patience, till the tumult clears, My long-time Love."

Size: 6.5 x 9.5

Pages: Pp 95

S#:
0685.16.0516
   
1947
   
Date: 1947

Title: Clipped Wings (Hard Cover DJ) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour. Title page includes Seymour’s Alderbrink Press insignia. Printed on a cream laid paper with a Tweedweed watermark. Top edge trimmed, others uncut.)

Author: Sanderson, Isabel

Description: A compilation of 67 poems. Foreword: "I do not mind that life has clipped my wings - Poetry, which seems machine-made and unnatural to so many misled souls, is as natural as breathing, or eating, or loving. Poetry and prose are the two halves of the same terrain, the continent of man’s expression in words..." Isabel Sanderson, a North Shore (Chicago) poet, was the author of three books of poetry, this her third. She worked with veterans at Hines Hospital in creative writing and poetry, helping many of them get their works published. She past away in 1987. Includes one portrait of the author by Gilbert Seehausen. Two copies, one with and one without dust jacket. (First Edition)

Size: 6 x 9

Pages: Pp 90

S#: 0720.13.1115, 0720.21.1217

   
(Frontispiece and Title Page)
Date: 1947

Title: Sad Azrael And Other Poems (Hard Cover) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, 410 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago. Printed on a beige paper, top and bottom edges trimmed, outside uncut. "This is one of an edition of 100 numbered copies of a book entitled Sad Azreal. Decorations, Illustrations and Format by Ralph Fletcher Seymour" Hand lettered: "Number 43." )

Author: Raymond, Clifford

Description: Raymond joined the Tribune as a reporter in 1898. He became the chief editorial writer in 1939, and retired in 1942. He published several volumes of fiction and poetry. This is a compilation of 17 poems and includes two etchings pulled from copper plates, bound into the volume. Each etching is plate engraved with his initials, and signed lower right in pencil. (First Edition)

Size: 7 x 10

Pages: Pp 41

S#: 0720.18.0216

   
Etchings by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, pulled from copper plates, and bound into the volume. Each etching is plate engraved with his initials, and signed lower right in pencil.
   
Date: 1947

Title: With The American Red Cross in France 1918-1919 (Hard Cover) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Chicago. Boards covered in red cloth, text in gilt on cover and spine.)

Author: Harrison, Carter H.

Description: Excerpts courtesy of The Newberry Library, Chicago: Carter Henry Harrison IV, like his father, was a five term Democratic mayor of Chicago (1897-1905, 1911-15). He was born on April 23, 1860. In 1874, his father was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. He attended Yale University Law School and practiced law until 1891 when he and his brother took over the operation of the Chicago Times, which their father had recently purchased. On the final day of the World Columbian Exposition, Harrison's father was assassinated in his home by Patrick Prendergast on October 28, 1893. In 1894, they sold the Chicago Times and he focused his energies on his real estate investments until he followed in his father's footsteps and successfully ran for mayor in 1897. When America entered World War I, Harrison desperately wanted to participate, but was too old to serve in the military. Eventually, Harrison was made a Captain in the American Red Cross and stationed in Toul, France, a few miles behind the front lines, where he worked to help make life more comfortable for the American troops stationed and recovering at the several field hospitals located there. In 1933 he was appointed Collector of Internal Revenue for the Northern District of Illinois by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933. He retired from public service for good at the age of 84. He was an avid art collector and donated his substantial art collection to the Art Institute of Chicago, including works by Paul Gauguin, Mary Cassatt, Claude Monet, and Toulouse-Lautrec. He died on Christmas Day, 1953, at the age of ninety-three. On New Year's Eve of that same year, the Chicago City Council passed a resolution recognizing his accomplishments as mayor, Collector of Internal Revenue, world traveler, and patron of the arts. The resolution stated, in part, that "from such men as Carter H. Harrison, men of integrity, vision, high civic ideals and unswerving zeal, we shall take example." (First Edition)

Size: 6 x 9.5

Pages: Pp 341

S#: 0720.12.1214

   
1949
   
Date: 1949

Title: A Minstrel Friar, His Legacy of Song (Hard Cover DJ) Signed by the author. (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Chicago, Illinois)

Author: Tucker, Irwin St. John

Description: Verses signed "Friar Tuck" have appeared over a period of some thirty-five years in Chicago’s newspaper columns. Thousands have treasured these poems, some of which, set to music, have been widely sung. Over thousands have met in person the Friar, who in real life is the Rev. Irwin St. John Tucker, pastor of the Little church at the End of the Road, and also a veteran member of the editorial staff of the Herald-American... From the first childish doggerel to the concluding Vision of the Whirlwind, they breathe a spirit of deep devotion and calm unshakable faith. The publisher believes reading of the book will provide an unforgettable experience" (dust jacket). Original list price $3.00. (First Edition)

Size: 6 x 9.25

Pages: Pp 248

S#: 0798.13.0214

   
1950
   
Date: 1950

Title: A Dead Red Rose. An Aviator’s Adventures With Desert Angels (Hard Cover) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Fine Arts Building, Chicago. On beige paper with the watermark "Ragston - S - N.")

Author: Aten, Marion

Description: A poem in six parts. "Would you know the ways of women? Ask them, of the wild flowers. Ask them of the sunflower with nodding head of gold. Ask them of the moonflower with pale face white and cold. Seek them in the fragrance of the blossoms balmy bosoms, And the softness of their petals; or the cactus’ thorny trimming. Find them where you will, Sir, But ask it not a woman." Title page and decorations by Ralph Fletcher Seymour.

Size: 6 x 9.26

Pages: Pp 99

S#:
0831.63.0617
   
Date: 1950

Title: Cruises In The Sun (Hard Cover DJ) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour)

Author: Curtis, Kent

Description: A compilation of three previously published books. "The Blushing Camel" was published in 1927 by Appleton-Century-Crofts, Inc. "Drumbeater’s Island was published in 1928 by Appleton-Century-Crofts, Inc. "The Cameleers" was published serially in the American Boy, from December, 1932 through February, 1933. Fictionally set in south Florida in the early part of the 20th century. "The author has contributed over 60 black and white drawings throughout the text. These are specifically hand colored in the 100 copies of a limited edition." (Dust Jacket.) Original list price $3.25. Two copies, with and without dust jacket. 6.25 x 9.25  (First Edition)

Size: 6.25 x 9.25

Pages: Pp 287

S#: 0831.46.0415, 0831.53.0317

   
Date: 1950

Title: Lady in Law. A Biography of Mabeth Hurd Paige. Sketching Seventy Five Picturesque and Dramatic Years As Seen Through Her Eyes. (Hard Cover DJ) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Chicago)

Author: Aldrich, Darrach

Description: "Lady in Law is the story not only of the significant events of her early life – told with sympathy and humor – but of her increasing participation in public affairs with its ever present necessity of deciding between questions of principle and of expediency. She stood for those she believed to be right. In these battles, which were a vital part of her public work, Mrs. Paige represented the convictions of many people because of which this narrative is, in a way, a picture of one phase of the social and economic story of Minnesota through the past fifty years..." (Back Cover) Signed by the author. (First Edition)

Size: 6.25 x 9.25

Pages: Pp 347

S#: 0831.49.0316

   
Date: Circa 1950

Title: The Last Wanigan (Hard Cover DJ) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Chicago, Not dated.)

Author: Curtis, Kent

Description: First published in 1929 by Coward-McCann, New York. "In 1915 and again in 1916, the author, with three good companions, voyaged in canoes from the Turtle river, which joins (or used to) the Manitowish to from the Flambeau; down the Flambeau to the Chippewa and down the Mississippi ... twenty-one days to Prairie du Chien. In those days it was one of the world’s finest canoe trips... But a third trip, in 1923..." (Dust Jacket.) Includes over 60 black and white drawings by the author. Not dated, but back flap of the dust jacket includes a description of "Cruise in the Sun," also by Curtis, published by Seymour in 1950. Original list price $3.00. (First Edition)

Size: 6.25 x 9.25

Pages: Pp 151

S#: 0831.39.0814

   
1951
   
Date: 1951

Title: Fun In Verse (Hard Cover DJ) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Chicago. Foreword by Thomas Dreier.)

Author: Frost, Mary

Description: In these two serious days it is more than ever a pleasure to find the chewer quip, the wise aphorism, dressed in gay colors of jollity, to find the presenting of a few of life’s heavy requirements in guise of friendly jokes. This desirable experience may be found in the pages of Mrs. Frost’s delightful book. Fun In Verse. One of Chicago’s features in things that happen and written her viewpoint down for the delectation of her friends... (Dust jacket.) Original list price $2.00. (First Edition)

Size: 6.25 x 9.25

Pages: Pp 48

S#: 0857.25.0415

   
Date: 1951

Title: Spindrift (Hard Cover DJ) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, The Alderbrink Press, Chicago. Printed on a light beige stock, trimmed top and bottom, others uncut.)

Author: Fuller, Eugene White

Description: A compilation of 28 verses, some of which first appeared in the Chicago Tribune. "Look where the spindrift on that blackened crest, Rides like a horseman plunging up the wind, High struggling image, to the gods addressed, All soon, engulfed, down-beaten and chagrined." Original list price $2.00. (First Edition)

Size: 6 x 9

Pages: Pp 43

S#: 0857.27.0116

   
1952
   
Date: 1952

Title: Chess Game and Other Poems (Hard Cover DJ) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Chicago)

Author: DeLamarter, Jeanne

Description: A compilation of 53 poems. "Thanks are due the Christian Science Monitor for permission to reprint ‘In Miniature," and the Chicago Tribune for permission to reprint several other poems in this volume." "Marching across the squares they go their ways, inexorably piloted by had, by brain and thought are woven in a maze of war and beauty, visioned, destined, planned, slanting sun diffuses them through sherry..."  (First Edition)

Size: 6 x 9

Pages: Pp 70

S#: 0910.28.1014

   
1953
   
Date: 1953

Title: Pale Ink. Two Ancient Records of Chinese Exploration in America (Hard Cover DJ) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour. Printed on fine beige paper with the watermark "Alexandra Japan, Strathmore, U.S.A." Top edge trimmed, others uncut.)

Author: Mertz, Henriette

Description: "Preface. Four thousand years is a long time to wait. One of the stories, recounted here for the very first time, has waited that long - the second story has waited fifteen hundred years. Both stories, written in China and appearing here in English translation, were written at an early date and both have been carefully preserved in the Chinese archives from that day to this - both still exist. This writing hopes to show that the context of both documents is true. The earliest one has been assumed to be mythological and the later one, false. The reason for the assumption is that we have never understood them. The ever-present puzzle of the earliest of Chinese expeditions to America, has been a problem that we have not as yet solved. The two stories, given here, cannot be presumed to be the very first actual journeys that took place but they are, in my opinion, rather the first geographical descriptions so recorded and the record preserved. Other migrations undoubtedly took place thousands of years earlier but we do not know when. The writer is deeply conscious of the fact that many errors may occur on the following pages. In various instances throughout the translations, two or three nearby mountain peaks might well have fulfilled the requirements set forth in the Classics—the wrong peak may have been chosen. Exploratory matter is always imperfect—if one waited until perfection were reached, little would be accomplished. In bringing to light the truth of that which has been written in both ancient documents, the field of archeology has been freely drawn upon for corroborative evidence—and it has produced many of the answers... It is believed that if the Chinese Classics were re-studied, with faith in their veracity, we may well find that much has been recorded, the truth of which we little suspected..." Two copies. One copy with dust jacket, one copy signed by the author.

Size: 6.5 x 10

Pages: Pp 158

S#:
0987.89.0317, 0987.93.0917
   
1954
   
Date: 1954

Title: Carving His Own Destiny. The Story of Albin Polasek (Soft Cover) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Chicago)

Author: Sherwood, Ruth

Description: This biography of a great American sculptor-artist, Albin Polasek, selected a the one of foreign birth "to have contributed most richly to American culture," tells of his boyhood life in the Besksydy Mountains of old Moravia, now Checko-Slovakia, an environment strange and unfamiliar to Americans, and now forever past... The edition is handsomely designed and produced. Forty-one full page reproductions of sculptural works enrich its more than 400 pages. It is printed on heavy, fine paper, with dramatic pictorial jacket. Edition limited. Price of book $5.50. (Publisher’s description.) (First Edition)

Size: 6 x 9.5

Pages: Pp 453

S#: 1045.25.0214

   
Date: 1954

Title: "Carving his own Destiny, The Story of Albin Polasek." Sherwood, Ruth, 1954.

Description: (Sales brochure) A Biography by Ruth Sherwood. This biography of a great American sculptor-artist, Albin Polasek, selected a the one of foreign birth "to have contributed most richly to American culture," tells of his boyhood life in the Besksydy Mountains of old Moravia, now Checko-Slovakia, an environment strange and unfamiliar to Americans, and now forever past... The edition is handsomely designed and produced. Forty-one full page reproductions of sculptural works enrich its more than 400 pages. It is printed on heavy, fine paper, with dramatic pictorial jacket. Edition limited. Price of book $5.50. Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Publisher, Chicago. Pp 4.

Size: 6.25 x 9.4

S#: 1045.24.0214

   
Date: 1954

Title: Materialization Of An Urge (Hard Cover DJ) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Chicago)

Author:
Weissenborn, Leo J.

Description: A registered architect since 1932, Weissenborn was a native of Sauk City, Wisconsin, and achieved his greatest frame in Chicago. His numerous architectural achievements began with his work on the famous Chicago Tribune Tower and his later project included the WGN Studio Building in Chicago. Chapter XI... "No story of contemporary architects would be complete without some reference to Frank Lloyd Wright who’s colorful career began in Wisconsin then expanded to all parts of this country and foreign lands. My parental grandparents became well acquainted with his uncles when they came to Springgreen, (sic) Wisconsin to trade in the country store ran by my grandfather. My first contact with him was when I was looking for a position as draftsman, and was interviewed by him, in Silsbee’s office in Chicago. In later years when visiting Taliesin, before the advent of the Second World War, with a group of friends, I attended one of his Sunday afternoon motion picture shows with chamber music interludes and refreshments – all at a fifty cent admission fee. After the entertainment he was want to stand by the entrance and greet his visitors. He inquired of me as to the number in our group and invited us to stay for supper. Before I could answer, Woltersdorf of the party spoke up and declared it was impossible for us to stay – two of the group, Ralph Fletcher Seymour and Woodbridge Dickerson are still provoke because of having missed the event. One of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most charming creations was the Midway Gardens in Chicago, now extant only in a Dutch Publication of his work..." Inscribed by the author. (First Edition)

Size: 6 x 9.25

Pages: Pp 63

S#:
1045.43.1117
   
Date: 1954

Title: Nothing But Nonsense (Hard Cover DJ) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Chicago)

Author: Lyon, Leverett

Description: Light verses from the pen of an experienced and usually serious-minded writer. A compilation of 117 poems.
       Higher Education.
       "I read a book on writing verse;
       It stirred me, so, for good or worse,
       Though no one but myself I please,
       I started writing lines like these.
       I read a book on mathematics;
       Became an expert on quadratics.
       Geometry’s for me a cinch;
       From calculus I hardly flinch.
       I read a book called ‘Atom Splitting:
       How Do It - Standing Up or Sitting.’
       The flash was bright; the noise was loud; I vanished in a mushroomed cloud!"
"Acknowledgment for permission to reprint many of these verses is made to the Chicago Tribune and to The Wall Street Journal, in one or the other of which they first appeared." Original list price $2.00. Inscribed by the author. 5.6 x 8.2. (First Edition)

Size:

Pages: Pp 118

S#: 1045.27.1214

   
Date: 1954

Title: Our Midwest: Episodes in the Life of Some Individuals Who Helped Shape the Growth of Our Midwest; Stories of Certain Settlements, Roads, Taverns, and Experiences Encountered when Traveling in the Early Days. (Hard Cover) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Chicago, Illinois)

Author: Seymour, Ralph Fletcher

Description: Written, illustrated and published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour. "A book of historical episodes and stories told informally and with some humor, of events in lives of various personalities who were factors in the character forming days of the ever changing mid-west, of religious and economic experiments, early settlements, first roads, tavern life, highway hold-ups, Indians wars, frontier romances, notable deeds of our forefathers; who through it all managed to stay alive, putting in most of the first hundred years learning how to live with Nature and most of the second hundred learning how to live with each other." (Publisher’s description.) 72 illustrations by Seymour. Signed by author. Two copies, with dust jacket and without. Original list price $4.00. (First Edition)

Size: 6 x 9.3

Pages: Pp 165

S#: 1045.22.0214

   
Date: 1954

Title: Our Midwest: Episodes in the Life of Some Individuals Who Helped Shape the Growth of Our Midwest; Stories of Certain Settlements, Roads, Taverns, and Experiences Encountered when Traveling in the Early Days. (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Chicago, Illinois)

Description: Brochure for the book written, illustrated and published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour. "A book of historical episodes and stories told informally and with some humor, of events in lives of various personalities who were factors in the character forming days of the ever changing mid-west, of religious and economic experiments, early settlements, first roads, tavern life, highway hold-ups, Indians wars, frontier romances, notable deeds of our forefathers; who through it all managed to stay alive, putting in most of the first hundred years learning how to live with Nature and most of the second hundred learning how to live with each other." (Publisher’s description.)

Size: 6.25 x 9.4. Pp 4. Includes Post Card 3.25 x 5.5.

S#: 1045.23.0214

   
1955
   
Date: 1955

Title: Man’s High Adventure. With an Introduction by Dr. A. J. Carlson, Ph.D. (Hard Cover DJ) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Chicago)

Author: Harper, Samuel A.

Description: "...This book is a simple explanation and correlation of a few of the great and more important facts of modern science in the hope that the reader may be able the better to understand something of the origin and nature of man and his relationship to the universe, and his present and future responsibility for the improvement of himself and the human race..." (Back cover.) Inscribed by the author, "Inscribed with the best wishes of the author - Samuel A. Harper." Cover as well as title page Printer’s Device illustrated by Ralph Fletcher Seymour. Original list price $3.00. (First Edition) 

Size: 6.1 x 8.75

Pages: Pp 135

S#:
1092.96.0716
   
Date: 1955

Title: "Man’s High Adventure." Harper, Samuel A., 1955.

Description: (Sales brochure) With an Introduction by Dr. A. J. Carlson, Ph.D., John P. Hixon Distinguished Service Professor (Emeritus) of Physiology, University of Chicago, etc. Dr. Carlson, Scientist and Philosopher, calls this book "a new religion, – Humanism" the credo of which is that "the responsibility for a better mental and physical world is on you and me, – on man, not on traditional gods and devils." It is a timely and significant work by a layman who has here written a book in the field of science for "the common man." This book thus points out the path which man should follow, and marks some of the vital truths he must learn to use in realizing his "high adventure." It is the flowering of the life experiences of a philosopher – lawyer, – fascinating and thought inducing. Price of book $3.00. Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Publisher, Chicago.

Size: 5.6 x 8.25. Pp 4. Includes Post Card 3.25 x 5.5.

S#: 1092.58.0214

   
1956
   
Date: 1956

Title: Siftings, A Major Portion of The Clearing and Collected Writings (Hard Cover DJ) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Chicago)

Author: Jensen, Jens

Description: "Siftings" was first published by Seymour in 1939. "The Clearing was first published in 1949 by Seymour. "This edition of ‘Siftings,’ a major portion of ‘The Clearing’ and collected writings by Jens Jensen has been produced in response to the requirements of the many nature lovers and Garden Club members who regard the works and the philosophy of Jens Jensen as one of the more significant contributions toward a better understanding of man’s relation to nature; whose teachings become more important as our culture grows more complex." (Back Cover) Original list price $3.25.  (First Editions) 

Size: 6.25 x 9.25

Pages: Pp 145

S#: 1147.60.0914

   
Date: 1956

Title: "Siftings, The Major Portion of The Clearing and Collected Writings." Jensen, Jens, 1956.

Description: (Sales brochure) Announcing the Republication in a New and More Complete Edition. The philosophy of Jens Jensen is again available to nature lovers after too long an absence. The re-issue of "Siftings" in its entirety, as sell as a major portion of "The Clearing" and other short essays is another important garden milestone. Mr. Jensen is with justice called the "Thoreau of the Twentieth century". Coming to America as a youth from Denmark, he began his career in this country working as a day laborer in the old west parks of Chicago... In the Spring of 1935, he moved to the upper Green Bay Peninsula, Wisconsin, where he established "The Clearing", a settlement comprising classrooms, lecture room, dormitories, dining halls, private cabins, etc. Here students gathered from all over the United States to hear Jensen talk of the necessity for a vital understanding of nature’s meaning in men’s lives... Price of book $3.25. Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Publisher, Chicago. Pp 4.

Size: 6.5 x 8.75

S#: 1147.56.0214

   
Date: 1956

Title: "Siftings, The Major Portion of The Clearing and Collected Writings." Jensen, Jens, 1956.

Description: (Sales brochure) One of America’s truest Nature Lovers. This book is a "must" for those who concern themselves with the meaning of Nature in men’s lives. The author’s understanding of this necessity gained him great authority. The publication of this significant volume is sponsored by The National Council of State Garden Clubs. All profits from the sale of this edition will be donated to the Permanent Home Fund of the National Council of State Garden Clubs, Inc. Price of book $3.25. Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Publisher, Chicago. Pp 6.

Size: 3.7 x 5.5, one panel is perforated mailing card.

S#: 1147.57.0214

   
1957
   
Date: 1957

Title: Humorettes (Hard Cover) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Chicago, under the Alder Brink Press Imprint. Illustrated by Don Goodman.)

Author: Scholz, Irene Matthews

Description: "Much of my material has been published in: The Chicago Daily Tribune, The Reader’s Digest, J.A.M.A., The Camel’s Trail, Golf World, Golf Digest, etc. (I could go on, and on, but from here on I’d be fibbing)" This book of verse is a compilation of 243 poems by the author and 16 illustrations by Don Goodman. Signed by the author. (First Editions)

Size: 6 x 9.25

Pages: Pp 117

S#: 1205.67.0415

   
1963
   
Date: 1963

Title: A Singing Reed (Hard Cover DJ) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Chicago, Alderbrink Press.)

Author: Iris, Scharmel

Description: A compilation of 63 poems. "Acknowledgment is due the following magazines in which some of these poems first appeared: The New York Times, The  Ladies Home Journal., The Little Review, The Stylus, Poetry." Introduction: "...Scharmel Iris comes before us today in a volume that does not depend for its reception upon his life history of struggle with misfortune or upon the praise of other poets. He stands upon his work. These selections from a great mass, the production of years, seems to me to be of a singularly uniform excellence..." Robert Morss Lovett.. Signed by the author. Original cover price $3.00.  (First Edition)

Size: 6.1 x 9.25.

Pages: Pp 64

S#: 1565.45.1114

   
1964
   
Date: 1964

Title: Inspiration, An Essay By Louis H. Sullivan, Architect. Read at the Third Annual Convention of the Western Association of Architects at Chicago, November 17, 1886.) (Soft Cover, Stiff cover) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour)

Author: Sullivan, Louis H.

Description: Louis Henry Sullivan was born in 1856 and died in 1924. Frank Lloyd Wright worked in his office, before starting his own firm, and years later wrote, "I have tried - with honest arrogance - to describes the tragedy, triumph, and significance of the great man who invariably signed himself Louis H. Sullivan; to tell you why I, through never his disciple - nor that of any man - called him Liebermeister." Sullivan was 30 years old when he read this before the convention. "The following essay inaugurates an exposition of this doctrine, briefly stated: That art exists, first, as a potentiality in nature; that its second phase takes form in the personal identity of the artist communing with nature; that this phase culminates in inspired desire; that its third phase is manifest as action: the artist executing and completing a work..." (First Edition)

Size: 6 x 8

Pages: Pp 36

S#: 1596.55.0116

   
Date: 1964

Title: Spanish Earth (Hard Cover DJ) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Chicago)

Author: Iris, Scharmel

Description: Compilation of 64 poems. "This is the fifth book of poems by Scharmel Iris, poet-in-residence at Lewis College, whose greatness as a poet has been acclaimed by some of the noted writers of our age. He is internationally recognized. Salvador de Madariaga, historian of the Spanish race, writes in his preface to the assembled poems, ‘This poetry is Spanish poetry, written in English...’ Roy Campbell... says in his epilogue: ‘I have no hesitation in pronouncing this book a triumph of the poetic imagination..." (Back cover.) Original list price $3.00. (First Edition)

Size: 6 x 9.25

Pages: Pp 77

S#: 1596.48.1014

   
1965
   
Date: 1965

Title: The Judgment Seat. Introduction by Dame Edith Sitwell (Hard Cover DJ) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour)

Author: Iris, Scharmel

Description: "
To run across a book of beautiful poems in today’s troubled world may be likened to the finding of a cool spring in a desert - not often come upon! It is a pleasure to announce the publication of a new book of this character. The comments by notables in the field of literature bear out, give substance to this statement. The Judgment Seat is Scharmel Iris’ latest publication." Dust jacket. Comments by Carl Sandburg, T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound and Robert Frost. Original list price $3.00. (First Edition)

Size: 6 x 9.25

Pages: Pp 65

S#: 1628.54.1116
   
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