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William Vaughn Moody (1869 - 1910) -- Poet and Playwright : A bibliographic collection




William Vaughn Moody, Indiana born and Harvard educated, is today chiefly regarded for his lyric poetry, although his earliest success was as a playwright with The Great Divide, which held Broadway for 3 seasons and was produced in London. He was never to equal this success. His major theme was the struggle between the material and the spiritual, the pagan and the mystic. He died unexpectedly at age 41.

The collection, aimed at providing a bibliographic snapshot of his principal work, consists of 28 volumes, nearly all in fine condition in first edition, and also includes 2 books about his career. All are increasingly uncommon in this condition.

The collection: $800.




PRIMARY WORKS :

1. The masque of judgment. a masque-drama in five acts and a prelude. Boston, Small, Maynard & Company, 1900. Paper boards, printed label. Corners lightly bumped, otherwise fine in chipped dust jacket missing many small pieces. One of 150 large paper copies bound entirely uncut, with paper labels. Author's first book. First edition. BAL 14308.

2. The masque of judgment, a masque-drama in five acts and a prelude. Boston, Small, Maynard & Company, 1900. Blue cloth with gold and back design. Cloth worn at the head and foot of the backstrip, otherwise very good. Author's first book. First edition, trade issue BAL 14308.

3. The masque of judgment, a masque-drama in five acts and a prelude. Boston and New York, Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1902. Original gray-tan cloth decorated in back and gilt. Near fine, without dust jacket. All edges trimmed. BAL 14326: sheets of the Small, Maynard & Company, 1900 printing with newly printed and inserted front matter.

4. Poems. Boston and New York, Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1901. Book-plate, ink name on the second free endpaper, otherwise near fine without dust jacket. Large paper format: tan paper boards, printed paper label; laid endpaper. This copy does not have the paper limitation notice pasted to the front pastedown. First edition. Author's second book. BAL 14310.

5. Poems. Boston and New York, Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1901. Tan paper boards with paper spine label. Fine, without dust jacket. One of a special issue of 150 copies bound in boards uncut (so indicated on a label on front pastedown). First edition, large paper format. Author's second book. BAL 143102.

6. Poems. Boston and New York, Houghton, Mifflin, 1902. Original green ribbed cloth, gilt spine, t.e.g. Ink name on the front free endpaper, light wear to the extremities, otherwise fine. Copyright date is 1901. BAL 14310, fourth printing.

7. Poems. Boston and New York, Houghton Mifflin and Company [c1901]. Original green ribbed cloth, t.e.g. Cloth stained by glue on the back cover and lightly rubbed at the extremities. Lightly foxed throughout. BAL 14310. Title-page undated. The leaf before the title-page lists three books by Moody on the verso. Unlike earlier printings, the printer's imprint omits the statement of electrotyped printing by Houghton.

8. The faith healer, a play in four acts. Boston and New York, Houghton Mifflin Company, The Riverside Press Cambridge, 1909. Original brown ribbed cloth, stamped in gold. Inked name on front free endpaper, Lightly rubbed at the head and tail of the spine, otherwise fine. First edition. BAL 14316.

9. The fire-bringer. Boston and New York, Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1904. Brown paper boards, printed label. Book-plate, otherwise near fine in chipped, soiled and torn dust jacket. Unopened. One of 150 large paper copies bound entirely uncut, with paper labels, as noted on copyright page. First edition. BAL 14312.

10. The fire-bringer. Boston and New York, Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1904. Original olive green cloth, t.e.g. Backstrip lightly faded, otherwise fine. Untrimmed. First edition. Inscribed by Moody, Chicago, May, 1940 on the front free endpaper. BAL 14312. Notice of three titles by Mood printed on the verso of the third front endpaper.

11. The fire-bringer. Boston and New York, Houghton, Mifflin and Company [1904]. Original grass-green cloth, t.e.g. Book-plate of Scofield Thayer on the front pastedown, with its off-set on front endpaper. Trimmed. This copy not dated on the title-page. but reading "Published April, 1904" on the copyright page. Notice of three titles published by Moody printed on the verso of the third endpaper. BAL 14312 second printing, Feb. 5, 1906 in 276 copies?

12. Gloucester Moors and other poems. Boston and New York, Houghton Mifflin [1901, i.e, 1909]. Original green ribbed cloth, t.e.g. Endpapers and pastedowns lightly foxed, otherwise fine. Opposite the title-page three titles are listed, unprice. Reissue of Poems, 1901. BAL 14327 A.

13. Gloucester Moors and other poems. Boston and New York, Houghton Mifflin [1901, i.e., 1909]. Original green ribbed cloth, t.e.g. Very light wear at extremities, otherwise near fine. Book-plate of Scofield Thayer on the front pastedown, with its off-set on front endpaper. Reissue of Poems 1901. Opposite the title-page five titles, prices, as listed. BAL 14327 B.

14. The great divide, a play in three acts. New York, The Macmillan Company, 1909. Oiginal blind-stamped blue cloth with gold lettering. Lightly rubbed at the extremities, lower corners bumped, otherwise a bright pretty copy. First edition. BAL 14319.

15. The poems and plays, with an introduction by John M. Manly. Boston and New York, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1912. 2 vols. Original green ribbed cloth, t.e.g. Fine. First edition. BAL 14322. Vol. I Poems and poetic dramas. Vol. II Prose plays.

16. Some letters of William Vaughn Moody, edited with an introduction by Daniel Gregory Mason. Boston and New York, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1913. Original green ribbed cloth with gilt lettering, t.e.g. Residue from small sticker on the front pastedown, ink name, lower corners bumped, otherwise very good. First edition. BAL 14323A. Stamped from a serifed face. A period present after CO.

17. Selected poems, edited by Robert Morss Lovett. Boston and New York, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1931. Original smooth yellow cloth with black cloth label on the spine. Fine in lightly soiled dust jacket. First edition. BAL 14332.

18. Selected poems, edited by Robert Morss Lovett. Boston, Houghton Mifflin [c1931]. Original red cloth. Fine, without dust jacket. At head of title: Riverside College Classics. BAL 14333.

19. Letters to Harriet, edited with introduction and conclusion by Percy Mackaye. Boston and New York, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1935. Original pale green cloth stamped in gold. Fine in lightly rubbed dust jacket with a short tear. First edition. BAL 14325.



SECONDARY WORKS:

20. Cap and gown, some college verse. Chosen by Joseph La Roy Harrison. Boston, Joseph Knight Company, 1893. Cream cloth with spine and boards decorated in gilt, a.e.g. Cloth lightly soiled, scattered foxing to prelims, otherwise very good. First edition. “The Serf’s Secret,” p. 32 originally published in The Harvard Monthly. BAL 14299 noted as ‘otherwise unlocated’.

21. Coleridge, Samuel Taylor. The rime of the ancient mariner [by] Samuel Taylor Coleridge and The vision of Sir Launfal [by] James Russell Lowell. Edited for school use by William Vaughan Moody. Chicago, Scott, Foresman & Co., 1898. Blue cloth with darker blue panels on the front cover, printed paper label on spine. Near fine. First edition. At head of title: The Lake English Classics. BAL 14302.

22. Milton, John. The complete poetical works of John Milton. Boston and New York, Houghton Mifflin Company The Riverside Press, Cambridge [1899]. Half red morocco with marbled paper boards, sewn on 5 raised bands, t.e.g. Extremities and boards lightly rubbed, hinges cracked, ownership name and date inked on front and back pastedowns. Cambridge edition. Edited with essay “The Life of Milton” by William Vaughn Moody. BAL 14304. While finding charges for a second edition, BAL was unable to identify two printings.

23. Scott, Sir Walter. The Lady of the Lake. Edited for school use by William Vaughn Moody. Chicago, New York, Scott, Foresman and Company [1899]. Blue cloth. Near fine. At head of title: The Lake English Classics. BAL 14305.

24. Liberty poems inspired by the crisis of 1898-1900. Boston, The James H. West Co., 1900. Original dark green cloth, t.e.g. Ink inscription on the front free endpaper, 1900, otherwise very good. Contains an extract from Moody's "An Ode in Time of Hesitation". BAL 14309.

25. Stickney, Trumbull. The poems of Trumbull Stickney. Boston and New York, Houghton, Mifflin & Co., 1905. Original gray cloth, t.e.g. Lightly rubbed at the foot of the spine and corners, otherwise very good. First edition. Prefactory note by George Cabot Lodge, William Vaughn Moody, John Ellerton Lodge. BAL 14314

26. Verses from the Harvard Advocate. Third series 1886-1906. Cambridge, The Harvard Advocate, 1906. Red buckram with gilt lettering, t.e.g. Bookplate of William Gibbs Peckham on front pastedown, off-set on title-page and pp. x-xi and 4 blue pencil marks opposite L. McK. Garrison’s contributions, otherwise fine. First edition. At head of title: Dulce est periculum. “Song” by Moody p. 99. Inscribed above the Preface :James Loeb from his tenant WG Peckham / lst editor of The Advocate / The Index is evidence that L. Garrison was n Advocate / man. The Advocate desires that the [?] Loeb’s prize / for Garrison be printed also in The Advocaste, as well / as in its [?]”. BAL 14315.



BOOKS ABOUT:

27. Henry, David D. William Vaughn Moody, a study. Boston, Bruce Humphries, Inc. [c1934]. Original maroon cloth. Fine in lightly chipped, price-clipped dust jacket. First edition. Includes unpublished poems and letters by Moody. BAL 14324.

28. Halpern, Martin. William Vaughn Moody. New York, Twayne Publishers, Inc. [c1964]. Gray leatherette with dark blue panels. Near fine in lightly rubbed and chipped dust jacket with a closed tear. First edition.



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