Indian Legends and Other Poems.
Horsford, Mary Gardiner

New York, New York: J.C. Derby et al, 1855. F 167 pages. Several of the author's poetic efforts make reference to Native American legends and lore and are accompanied by her explanatory notes. Her poem "My Native Isle" (while not specifically naming it) describes her fondness and appreciation for Shelter Island, Long Island, her home and the burial place of her mother, Mary Catherine L'Hommedieu Gardiner.With the presentation inscription of her husband on the front endpaper, "Mrs. E.N. Bright with the affectionate and grateful remembrance of E.N. Horsford" and additionally inscribed on the title page, presumably from the recipient, "From my very dear friend M.G.H." Mary L'Hommedieu Gardiner Horsford (1824 - 1855) the poet author, married Eben Norton Horsford (1818 - 1893) American chemist who taught at Harvard and then concentrated his scientific research efforts on "...the industrial applications of chemistry. His efforts to develop patentable and marketable chemical commodities paid off, especially with "artificial yeast," a phosphatic baking powder…Horsford made a modest fortune, largely from contracts with the army for baking powder and other commodities during the Civil War... Late in life, Horsford took up anthropological studies of American Indian languages and of the evidence for pre-Columbian Viking settlements in North America..." (and authored several texts on the subject) Most of Horsford's papers are in the archives of RPI. Others are in the family home, "Sylvester Manor," at Shelter Island, N.Y. (Pat Munday in the ANB) Eben N. Horsford later married Mary's sister Phoebe; they continued to reside with their family on Shelter Island at the Manor. Approximately 5 1/4" x 7 1/2" size, bound in the publishers original decoratively blindstamped binding, gilt spine titles (dulled). Edge, tips wear, rubbing to the binding; top & bottom of spine cloth chipped away; circular ink-splash from inscription on title. Volume bound firmly, and in very good condition. Very Good (Item ID: 25011)

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