Lanier, Sidney; Anderson, Charles R. & Starke, Aubrey H. [editors]. Sidney Lanier: Letters 1878-1881 (Centennial Edition Volume X). Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins Press, 1945. First Edition.
Grey cloth hardcover, 6 1/4 x 9 1/4, no dj. 538 pp., tight. John S. Mayfield's copy, with his penciled marginalia and correspondence regarding this volume laid or tipped in. Mayfield owned some of the original letters reproduced in the volume. Very good. Hardcover. 
Sidney Clopton Lanier (1842-1881), b. Macon, GA; d. Lynn, NC. Lanier was an "American musician and poet whose verse often suggests the rhythms and thematic development of music. Lanier was reared by devoutly religious parents in the traditions of the Old South." - Encyclopedia Britannica. He served in the Confederate Signal Corps, was captured and imprisoned at Point Lookout, Maryland wherein he contracted tuberculosis, the disease which shortened his life. His poetry is noted for its use of dialect, reflecting the "cracker" and "negro" dialects of his day. He was a member of the faculty of Johns Hopkins University appointed in 1879, specializing in the works of the English novelists and poets.