Women Writers

Rosemay and Rue- Amber- 1896


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    Rosemary and Rue
    Amber, Pen name of Martha Everts Holden
    Rand, McNally & Company: Chicago, 1896

    Pewter grey cloth with forest green illustrations and gilt titles. Very good. Covers show edge wear with most of the decorative ink and titles on spine dulled, smudged in places; previous owner’s name written in neat cursive on front free endpaper, dated 1916, otherwise pages are clean and unmarked, binding sound.

    Amber was the pen name for Martha Everts Holden, who founded the Bohemian Club in Chicago. She also worked for the Chicago Herald, where she wrote essays and verses for the special features department, which she also managed.

    Amber also happened to be the Mother-in-law of WW Denslow who is best known for illustrating ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’, although she passed away shortly before he married her daughter, Ann Waters Holden, in 1896. After her death, Denslow was instrumental in having Rand McNally publish two books of Amber's writings, Rosemary and Rue and Amber Glints. The proceeds were used to help support her young son.
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