1887 - 1905 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT JOURNAL AND SCRAPBOOK OF A FUTURE AUTHOR, POET AND LESBIAN LOVER OF JEANETTE PAYSON

By: ANNIE OAKES HUNTINGTON

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On offer is a simply fascinating original 1887 - 1905 manuscript journal and scrapbook of the young Annie Oakes Huntington. Annie has an absolutely amazing history especially given the era: Huntington was born in Jamaica Plains, Massachusetts in 1875. She was from the famed Boston Quincy family on her mother's side (Elizabeth Quincy Huntington), and her father, Elijah Hunt Mills Huntington, was a grandson of Senator Mills of Massachusetts. Huntington had an ambitious and seemingly happy childhood, a sick young adulthood, and then a few happy decades in a farmhouse with the woman she loved, Jeanette Payson [the famed American landscape architect]. Huntington [a botanist with an expertise in trees] grew up writing and publishing [in 1947 a book, A Testament of Happiness, Letters of Annie Oakes Huntington, was published] and this journal is, among many things, a testament to her literary prowess. Intriguingly the book is titled in a very strong hand 'Annie O. Huntington. Her book. Containing some private writings that are only of interest to her.' Below this is a frail and much weakened hand: 'People reading it therefore will please bear this in mind. AOH.' The journal contains meticulous lists: books read (quite sophisticated) and Huntington's thoughts about the books. She was a fan of Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Sarah Orne Jewett and many other noted authors. There are a few pages related to palmistry. Pages of heraldic symbols, prizes received, and much more. Adding more depth are numerous ephemeral pieces tipped or tucked in including photos and materials from Hong Kong. There are Valentine poems; and original poems and sonnets Huntington wrote to a few girls. There are pages listing what she received for Christmas and the presents she gave to her loved ones. Her Father gave her a knife, later on she gets a new blade for it, also, a hatchet comes her way and is duly noted. She tallies up her earnings, first as a tutor and for early stories and articles. Later on (1900-1905), Huntington became ill and depressed for awhile, but she tallies up the earnings from her book - Studies of Trees in Winter (1901), then begins landscape gardening when feeling better. The large 13 x 9 inch journal is has 80 pages or so of handwritten notations of one sort or another. Binding is quite worn with half of spine strip missing and boards rubbed and cracked. Overall, the handwriting is quite easy read throughout. Overall G.

Title: 1887 - 1905 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT JOURNAL AND SCRAPBOOK OF A FUTURE AUTHOR, POET AND LESBIAN LOVER OF JEANETTE PAYSON

Author Name: ANNIE OAKES HUNTINGTON

Categories: Books and Manuscripts General Overview, 19th Century Manuscript, 19th Century Ephemera,

Publisher: JAMAICA PLAINS HONG KONG BOSTON MASSACHUSETTS MA, 1887

Book Condition: Good

Type: Manuscript

Size: Folio - over 12" - 15" tall

Seller ID: 0001934

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