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Chopin, Kate.

Bayou Folk.


Chopin, Kate. Bayou Folk. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1894.
8vo.; hinges cracked; olive coated endpapers; green cloth, stamped in gilt; spine browned; extremities frayed.
First edition. One page of ads for fiction from Houghton Mifflin. Trade binding designed by Sarah Wyman Whitman: title in gilt within oak leaf and dot square frame on upper third of front panel, author in gilt on bottom of front panel, author, title, and publisher in gilt on spine. BAL 3244; Toth, Emily, Kate Chopin. NAW I 333-5. Grolier Club, Emerging Voices, pp. 101-02. Ewell, Barbara, Kate Chopin, Oxford Companion to Women's Writing, pp. 187-88.
Chopin's copy, signed on the title page: "Chopin / 3317 Morgan St. / St. Louis." Annotated on the front endpaper: "Mrs. F.M. Estere / 4434 Laclede Ave. / St. Louis. / Author's Copy." Newspaper clipping of poem "Good-By" by Kate Chopin affixed to verso of page 313, offset onto facing page of ads. Scarce signature: UVA has THE AWAKENING with and ALD by Chopin tipped-in; Newberry has in the Stone archive, 2 ALS. Chopin bought the Morgan St. house (now Delmar) in 1886, and raised her family in this house until 1903.

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