Gleanings: Girlhood and Womanhood.
With photogravure frontispiece and a “Christmas” bookbinding
Posthumously published, privately printed collection of writings and poems by Elizabeth C. Hill (1825–1887) of Concord, New Hampshire.
The volume was published by her husband, John M. Hill, as a holiday remembrance of his late wife and is here inscribed by him. The decorative bookbinding marks the occasion with the words “Christmas 1887” stamped on the front cover; a worthy self-funded holiday gift for the friends of widower.
Elizabeth C. Hill’s poetical and prose writings include several pieces from her childhood and adolescence, one of which is a six-page autobiographical poem composed at the age of fourteen. Many of her poems appear to have been inspired by historical events.
Hill and others in Concord, New Hampshire were inspired to form a literary society after hearing lectures there by Maine author, Abba Goold Woolson (1838–1921), author of Women in American Society (1873) and editor of Dress Reform (1874), a series of lectures by women physicians of Boston.
Mrs. Hill was one of the shining ornaments of this club, as any one who was privileged to attend its meetings will remember. She wrote many essays for it, she delighted its members with her rendition of humorous parts on Shakespeare evenings, she was the life of its picnics and social gatherings, and it stimulated her to original literary work. (Preface)
The volume concludes with the reprinting of two obituaries from Concord newspapers. Hill was born in Boston and educated in South Berwick, Maine and at The Young Ladies’ School in Exeter, New Hampshire. After her marriage, she moved to Concord and was there active in the Concord Female Charitable Society.
Description: Gleanings: Girlhood and Womanhood.
Concord, NH: Republican Press Association, 1887. , pp. + Portrait, photogravure frontispiece, tissue guard. First Edition. “Printed for Private Distribution.” Inscribed by the author’s husband, John M. Hill. Cloth blocked in blind, black, and gilt; beveled edges. Small Concord, New Hampshire bookseller’s ticket to floral pastedown. Head and tail of spine and corner tips with slight wear; a very good copy.