LOWELL, JAMES RUSSELL (1819-1891, American poet)
(i) AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT OF A STANZA FROM HIS WELL-KNOWN 'ODE FOR THE FOURTH OF JULY, 1876', untitled here, being part 3 of section I, 16 lines, with an autograph instruction presumably to a printer 'Insert on p. 72', 1 page, octavo, not dated
Seven years long was the bow
Of battle bent...
Cluster of manifold light
Startling the old Constellations:
Men looked up & grew pale:
Was it a comet or star,
Omen of blessing or bale,
Hung o'er the ocean far.
PROVENANCE: Kenneth Rendell.
(ii) PORTRAIT, carte-de-visite albumen print, signed with initials ('J.R.L.') and inscribed to W.D. Rawlins, grandfather to the collector Ray Rawlins, 'with affectionate regard' and 'ei Bordiamo', framed and glazed, size of image 5 x 3 inches (12 x 9 cm), overall size 9 x 7 inches (23 x 18 cm), dated 19 June 1874
Lowell met Rawlins in 1870 and on 14 October that year wrote enthusiastically to Miss Norton: 'We have had other agreeable Britons here this autumn. Bryce I especially like, and Hughes brought with him a very nice young Rawlins.' (Letters). Lowell was Virginia Woolf's godfather.
The main collection of Lowell's manuscripts is at Harvard.
PROVENANCE: Ray Rawlins; Sotheby's, 2-4 June 1980, lot 1177.
REFERENCE: James Russell Lowell, The Letters, edited by C.E. Norton.