Jun 02, 2022 - Sale 2607

Sale 2607 - Lot 183

Price Realized: $ 250
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 250 - $ 350
Wallace, Susan Arnold Elston (1830-1907)
The Patter of Little Feet, Fair Copy in the Author's Hand, Crawfordsville, Indiana, May 1858.

Three leaves inscribed on one side only, containing the title and fifty-six lines of verse, signed and dated at the foot, two leaves joined, inner singlet inserted, with old vertical fold, toning, slightly split and repaired, 8 1/8 x 6 1/2 in. when folded.

Although Wallace's husband was the author of Ben Hur, she was published first. This, her most famous poem, appeared on 17 April 1858 in the Cincinnati Daily Gazette. Wallace traveled widely with her husband and wrote about her experiences. She visited the New Mexico Territory in 1879, and described what she saw in a series of articles published in the Atlantic Monthly and other periodicals that were ultimately gathered together under the title, The Land of the Pueblo, in 1888.