Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1912. First American edition. Hardcover. Small 8vo. , vii-xv, , 180 pp. Red cloth with a design (Venus handing a flaming torch down to Cupid) embossed in blind on the front board, gold lettering on the spine; red topstain. Lacks the dust jacket. Illustrated by a frontispiece of a bust of Sappho and twenty-five additional plates of photographs of artefacts from antiquity featuring images and depictions of Sappho, with one plate showing a modern girl living in Lesbos (Sappho's home). Mills Patrick included statues of Sappho, coins depicting her profile, and a vase showing Sappho and her husband to visually enrich her book. Beautiful views of Lesbos and Mitylene are also included in the plates. With the errata slip. Encyclopaedia Brittanica, "Mary Mills Patrick". Mary Mills Patrick was a feminist and worked hard to educate young girls and women. She converted a girls' high school into a college for Turkish women during her lifetime (Constantinople Women's College). Mills Patrick herself was exceptionally educated, earning her Master's degree from the University of Iowa in 1890. She received a Ph.D. from the University of Bern in Switzerland in 1897. Her dissertation was called Sextus Empiricus and Greek Scepticism and was published in 1899. During her work in Turkey and Armenia, Mills Patrick learned ancient and modern Armenian, Turkish, and modern Greek. In this volume she showcases the ancient beauty of the Greek islands and how it has endured into the modern era. The second half of the book provides a biography of Sappho, an analysis of her impact on modern literature, and a translation of some of Sappho's surviving poetical fragments. A fascinating little book focused on one of the most important and well-remembered women of antiquity. Near Fine. Item #00009785
A Near Fine book with a touch of rubbing to the spine and a quote from Meleager written in ancient Greek on the front flyleaf.