1927 SEA-DRINKING CITIES Charleston Poet Josephine Pinckney SIGNED LTD 1ST 1/225
SEA-DRINKING CITIES. Poems by Josephine Pinckney. Her first book. Pinckney was a Southern Woman Poet and Novelist from Charleston, South Carolina.
Published by Harper & Brothers, Publishers, New York, 1927. First Edition, so stated on the copyright page.
SIGNED & LIMITED "CHARLESTON EDITION", limited to 225 copies, this being #160. SIGNED and NUMBERED by Josephine Pinckney on the Limitation Page (page facing the title page).
Hardcover Book in Dustjacket, 5x7.5 inches, 86 pages.
Condition: GOOD book, the spine title label has brown staining (not affecting the spine), there are light bumps to the bottom front cover corner tips and a bit of rubbing to the spine ends, otherwise the covers remain sharp and solid; internally, the pages are lightly age toned, there is some offsetting to the endpapers and a bit of foxing to a few pages, else bright, clean, clear and unmarked. In a FAIR, price-clipped dustjacket. This very delicate and rare paper dj has completely split at the front flap fold, is splitting at the rear flap fold, has some corner tip wear and a bit of edge wear, but is complete (though again, the front flap is loose), bright and attractive in protective mylar.
RARE SIGNED LIMITED CHARLESTON FIRST EDITION of PINCKNEY'S FIRST BOOK, with its DUSTJACKET.
About JOSEPHINE PINCKNEY (from Wikipedia):
******Josephine Lyons Scott Pinckney, b.1895 d.1957, was a novelist and poet in the literary revival of the American South after World War I. Her first book was a book of poems, Sea-Drinking Cities (1927); her best-selling novel was the social comedy, Three O'clock Dinner (1945).
Josephine Pinckney was born in Charleston, South Carolina to Thomas Pinkney and Camilla Scott. She attended Ashley Hall and established a literary magazine there, graduating in 1912. She then attended college at the College of Charleston, Radcliffe College, and Columbia University, and held an honorary degree from the College of Charleston, given in 1935. She received the Southern Authors Award in 1946.
As a poet, novelist, and essayist, Pinckney was an active participant in the Charleston Renaissance. In 1920, she co-founded the Poetry Society of South Carolina. She was involved in institutions such as the Charleston Museum and Dock Street Theatre and was an early proponent of the historic preservation of Charleston. She was an active member of the Society for the Preservation of Spirituals, which transcribed and annotated African American songs. Both organizations met for the first time at Pinckney's home at 21 King St. in Charleston.
She is buried in Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston.******