Boston, Mass. Copeland and Day, 1897. Second Edition. Hardcover. 12mo, 5.5 in. x 4.2 in., pp. xi, , 187. Second Edition (like the First) limited to 500 copies. Contemporary white cloth boards with gilt vertical stripe design to boards and gilt title to front and spine. Bottom edge untrimmed. Rubbing to extremities; light soiling to boards and spine. Old price in crayon to front pastedown. Very Good. Item #85932
John Bannister Tabb (1845-1909) was a poet and educater, born near Richmond, Virginia in 1845. Tabb descended from one of the oldest and wealthiest Virginian families. He was privately tutored as a child. At the age of fourteen his sight was failing and he had to give up his studies, and for a few years spent much time at the piano, which made him proficient in music.
When the Civil War began he enlisted into the Confederacy and served in the CSA Navy until he was taken prisoner, June 4th 1864. He was sent to the "Bull-Pen" at Point Lookout, where he acquired a friendship with Sidney Lanier. He was released from prison that following February, 1865. At the end of the war he was broke and put his mind to having a career in music; he practiced up to seven hours a day.
He secured a teaching position at St. Paul's School in Baltimore, Maryland. While a teacher there, Tabb was influenced by Reverend Alfred Curtis, who later converted from Episcopalian to the Catholic Church. Tabb followed in 1872. He entered St. Charle's College a few years later to prepare for the priesthood. After he completed his classical studies he retained a position as a teacher of English; his theological studies were not completed until the end of 1884, when he was ordained.
He continued teaching at St. Charles's until shortly before his death in 1909. His only attribution of non-poetry is his "Bones Rules" which was considered a valuable contribution to teaching. He was a greatly admired lyricist. (from All Poetry).