The Himes & Duniway Society Garden Party at the Home of Gwyneth and Brian Booth - Tuesday, August 3, 2010
The garden party at the Booths’ was a delightful summer evening with both host and hostess sharing treasures from each of their collections. Gwyneth Booth regaled us with the story of the Black Sun Press and its founders Harry and Caresse Crosby. The books published by the Black Sun Press included works by a number of then struggling authors including James Joyce, Ernest Hemmingway, D.H. Lawrence, T.S. Eliot and Ezra Pound. The suicide of Harry Crosby at the age of 31 put an effective end to the Black Sun Press. We had the pleasure to look at many fine examples of the work of this press.
Brian Booth took us on a different adventure through largely Northwest literature. Starting with the adventures of Webster "Oregon" Jones, we learned of an early attempt to identify and develop a list of the 100 books of the Northwest. Webster Jones did not finish this work. The ten most important books on Oregon history, as determined by Mr. Jones, can be found in an article on this Society's web site.
Mr. Booth then shared with the gathered group a whole series of Northwest-based books and their wonderful inscriptions. One example of the inscriptions was in a book owned by C.E.S. Wood of love poetry which was inscribed adoringly to Mr. Wood's first wife. When Mr. Wood divorced this wife, he marked out the inscription and inscribed this same book to his second wife Sara Bard Field. It was a lovely night with the event enjoyed by Society members and their guests.