The Collected Poems of Arthur Upson in Two Volumes, Edited with an Introduction by Richard Burton.

The Collected Poems of Arthur Upson in Two Volumes, Edited with an Introduction by Richard Burton.
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Minneapolis: Edmund D. Brooks, 1909. Two volumes 8vo, xxvi, 254pp; vii, 262pp. Frontispiece of vol. 1 is a dark sepia photogravure portrait of Arthur Upson; vol. 2's frontispiece is a facsimile of of the handwritten manuscript of one of his poems; both illustrations have tissue guards. Upson’s bookplate in both volumes and an inscribed gravure photograph loosely inserted in volume 1. Original tan buckram binding, lightly soiled with title in gilt to covers. Pages untrimmed. A very good copy. First edition. Arthur Upson (1877-1908) attended the University of Minnesota and afterward (between bouts of ill health) worked for his friend Edmund D. Brooks in his renowned Minneapolis bookstore while also lecturing at the University of Minnesota. Upson had gained considerable recognition as a gifted poet--"an aristocrat of verse", as Richard Burton says in his introduction--when his life was tragically cut short. Upson drowned in the summer of 1908 in Lake Bemidji, Minnesota. Whether it was an accident or perhaps suicide was never determined. At the time of his death Upson was engaged to be married to Ruth Shepard Phelps, and in 1925 she gave the University of Minnesota Library a beautiful reading room (The Arthur Upson Room, located in Walter Library) in his memory. With Upson’s own bookplate pasted inside the front cover of both volumes. Volume 1 includes a loosely inserted inscribed photograph: “Put this away in your obscurest scrapbook, B. San! But don’t put me away in any back corner of your memory. -a.u., April 1907.” (Item Id: 6189)

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