Oakland, CA: Published by the author, 1905. First Edition. Original wrappers. INSCRIBED "For Miss Lyke / May Gibbons Cooper). Small 8vo. 50 pp. 6 illustrated plates (including 4 original photographs with location written in pencil, most likely by the author). 11 poems. Handmade paper. Stiff green ribbon tied wrappers; color plate depicting a scene of the Monterey coastline (most likely after a painting by the author) affixed to front cover; housed in publisher's box with gilt lettering to front. A fine copy in somewhat worn box with spotting to front cover. Item #18219
Born in California in 1856, Mary Gibbons Cooper lived her early years in and around the Santa Clara area. She was the daughter of a Methodist Minister who was the founder of The University of The Pacific. Her Father was also noted for being a close personal friend of Jack Marshall, the discoverer of gold in California. She moved from Santa Clara to Pacific Grove in 1905 where she become very active in the art community. She became close friends with the prominent Jacks family in Monterey. Cooper specialized in painting oil scenes of the Monterey Peninsula. - AskArt.