Poems by Lola La Motte Iddings, With Letters from Joseph Paxson Iddings, Her Brother, RARE, 1920


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This listing consists of a first edition book of Lola La Motte Idding's poems belonging to Mary G. E. Aldrich and two posthumous letters from Lola's brother, petrologist and Yale educator Joseph Paxson Iddings. The letters pertain to the publication and printing of the book at Yale University Press and discuss possible dedications, quotes, etc. Joseph talks about sending Mary the manuscript, etc. This book is also inscribed by Mary on the front flyleaf and is presumably from her library. Together, these two documents form a timeline of the efforts to publish Lola's work after her death. The letters were written in July of 1920. Joseph Paxson Iddings died a few month's later in September, 1920.

Joseph Paxson Iddings was a key figure in the field of geology. Iddings graduated in 1877 with a Ph.B. in civil engineering from the Sheffield Scientific School of Yale University. He continued his studies in geology and assaying during 1878-1879 at the Columbia School of Mines, mainly as a result of the influence of a lecture at Yale by Clarence King. During 1879-1880 Iddings studied microscopical petrography under K. H. F. Rosenbusch at Heidelberg, the principal experience that guided his career. As a result of his meeting Arnold Hague in London in the spring of 1880, Iddings returned to the United States to work at the U.S. Geological Survey.

For seven field seasons (1883-1890) Iddings worked with Hague on the exploration and mapping of the geology of Yellowstone National Park. It was here that he developed most of his original, and often controversial, ideas that were to influence greatly future petrologic thinking.

Later on, Iddings produced a two-volume work titled Igneous Rocks (vol. 1, 1909; vol. 2, 1913); a series of lectures at Yale, which was published as The Problem of Volcanism (1914); and revisions to his Rock Minerals (1911). He circled the globe twice, in each direction, collecting rocks, particularly in the South Pacific Islands. Iddings was active at the Cosmos Club in Washington, D.C. (1885-1920) and in the Petrologists Club (1910-1919), which met for many years in the home of his close friend C. Whitman Cross. He gradually retired from public life, unmarried, and rented the "Grove Hill Farm," near the family estate, in 1915 with his sister Lola LaMotte Iddings, a poet.

Consequently, the letters are from "Grove Hill."

Poems by Lola La Motte Iddings
Privately Printed at Yale University Press, 1920

Condition: This book is in good condition. Hardcover. Green cloth boards have some wear along edges and corners. Hinges tight. Binding square. Frontispiece portrait of the poet protected by tissue guard. Front flyleaf contains an inscription that reads, "M. G. E. A. September 29, 1920, St. Michael and All Angels." Text block is crisp and clean. Deckled edges.

These letters are both written in ink. One is dated January 8, 1919 and the other is dated July 14th, 1920. Both are signed by Joseph Paxson Iddings. Written on folded 5.5" x 7" paper, addressed to Mrs. Aldrich. Also included is a newspaper clipping of Idding's funeral services.

147 pages, 5.5" x 8.25"
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