My Dreams

Book, pictures and description courtesy of Paul Jackson.

My Dreams

by John Mather Dolph, 1911

#19 off 100

This book measures 8 3/8" x 6 1/4" and has 13 numbered pages plus limitation page and front and rear FEPs. There is also a half tone photograph of John Mather Dolph.  The book was bound in suede and has the original glassine dust jacket. The printing was done on Roycroft handmade watermarked paper in an edition of 100 copies. This book is a vanity press, posthumous printing of 5 of John's poems. It was copyrighted by Bertha Mae Gumaer, John's daughter, and published by the Roycroft in 1911. This book is not listed in McKenna. Interestingly, the title page border design was first used in the 1906 Man of Sorrows. Additionally, it was also used in the 1908 Man of Sorrows, The Elbert Hubbard I Knew in 1929, and Jesus, A Sisters Memories in 1934.

John Mather Dolph was born 18 October 1845. He was the son of Chester Valentine Dolph and Elizabeth Vanderbilt Steel. He married Ann Eliza Van Etten and they had 3 children, Ada Isabel Dolph, Benjamin Van Etten Dolph; who died March 26th 1913, and Bertha Mae Dolph who married George Seward Gumaer on December 25th, 1900. Ada Isabel Dolph was born 16 June 1880 in Honesdale PA. and died 18 June 1968 in Vista CA. Bertha Mae was born in Port Jervis NY 11 July 1877 and died 9 Jun 1944 in Coronado, San Diego CA. and it is this daughter who had the book published as a memorial to her father.
 

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