Very Good / Very Good. Item #10723
Darien, GA: Privately Printed [Ashantilly Press], 1968. Limited edition of 500 copies, of which this is number 61. Signed by the author/illustrator without inscription on colophon. Huston's illustrations in maroon ink throughout.
Octavo; 69 pp. Original pictorial dust jacket. Cream paper binding with text and illustration on cover in dark orange. Dust jacket has some wear along the top edge and creases on cover, text unaffected. Binding sound, corners square. Top edge foxed. Pages clean and unmarked.
Savannah, Georgia's Harriet Lawrence (Cann) Huston (1901-1989) is best remembered for her watercolors, which she exhibited once at the Telfair Museum. Her self-deprecating author's note mentions a visit in 1934 by an editor of Poetry: A Magazine of Verse. The editor reviewed one of Huston's poems and determined it lacked "evidence of genius." Huston writes, "I took my inkstand and I took my delicious burden backstairs to sit forever on the very lowest step. Now sitting here I find the pleasantest sort of view looking up the stairwell."
Her son, Alex Cann, self-published a collection of his poems in 2007 titled “Looking Down the Stairwell" that featured some of his mother's work.
[Savannah Morning News, The Johnson Collection: Directory of Southern Women Artists, Everard Auctions (2012 records)].