1890's May Lassen scrapbook with original poetry
Antique scrap book from the 1890's from published poet May C.Lassen, which was the niece of Historical California pioneer Peter Lassen. Scrap book is in rough condition but is filled with interesting clippings of famous poets and authors, and articles of their publishings that she found worthy of saving for her scrap book. May Lassen published two books of poetry, one called "Poems" in 1912, and her second called "More poems" 1914. Within the pages of this scrap book are 5 original poems, hand written by her and each signed with her sutographs, that later appeared in her published books. I have verified her signature, and have included in picture #11 a copy from a page where she had dedicated one of her books to the Berkley Library at one time. The signatures and handwriting is hers definately. I made copies of her poetry books from the internet to include with this scrapbook so you can see that each of these hand penned poems are in her published books. She was from Red Bluff, and lived in San Francisco, and gave recitals with Emmett Pendleton, and on the radio. She wrote for greeting cards and colaborated with Frederick Colburn on a book about Mt. Lassen (The Kingship of Mt. Lassen) and had many published magazine articles. She was also a model for Harrison Fisher for many years, who's models were very famous. She was born in San Francisco and educated in Germany. Was well traveled throughout Europe and well educated, and a prominent figure in the San Francisco area. I will also include her obituary from 1925 Red Bluff News paper I found at the library.The original hand penned poems that come with this scrapbook are,The parting, Love revealed, Release, A prayer, and Inconstant man. Each and every poem is signed by her. There are also pictures, and loose clippings. The scrapbook is large, 12" x 14". All pages are loose from the binding, about 20 pages. Hardcover front and back with fishscale texture. Old celluloid Roman cameo center with red velvet circle. Very worn, and though her clippings are facinating, we are selling this mainly for the historical significance. Need more pictures?? Just let me know.