Date Published: 1934 to 1940
Binding: No binding & hard cover
CALLED THE "PRODIGAL POETESS" BY THE MONTREAL GAZETTE
Martha Martin was born in 1865 in Cologne, Germany. Martha and her family and settled in Montreal in 1870. Martha studied in Montreal and abroad, including music. She moved to about 1917 to New York until 1942, where she taught piano and voice. She supported herself by her prolific pen, publishing ten volumes of poetry and one novel. Her poetry met the interests of others - one volume was accepted by the New York Board of Education for school use, while many of her love poems were set to music by well-known composers. One of her song lyrics, "Slumberland," was accepted by Hollywood for the Picture Song Contest of 1948. Even her travel was connected to literature - out of her participation in the Canadian Authors Association overseas tour to Britain in 1933 came one of her volumes: Poets' Pilgrimage (1938). Proceeds from her sales often went to philanthropic endeavours; she once contributed $3,000 to the National Institute for the Blind. She moved back to Montreal in 1942 and died a year later.
The collection consists of 23 items dating from 1934 to 1940, specifically, five signed books, a signed photoprint of the poet in her younger days, 2 signed Christmas cards, typed pieces of Martin's poems from correspondence with the author, 2 of which are signed (15 extra poems in all).
• 15 Typed pieces of Martin's poems from correspondence with the author, 2 of which are signed (15 extra poems in all).
• 1 signed photoprint of the poet in her younger days,
• 2 signed Christmas cards,
5 Books signed;
• Poem - Anecdotes of Child-Musicians. New York: The Beekman Hill Press. 1934. Red cloth binding with pasted on photoprint on the cover, binding is lightly soiled with a slight water stain on the back cover, interesting inscription by the author, dated New York October 1936, poems on great musicians for children.
• Come into My Garden: A Collection of Flower and Tree Poems. 1935. Green cloth with a colorful print on upper board. Signed by Martin on dedication page, July 29/36, beneath a bit of handwritten verse.
• Out of the Shadows and Other Poems. New York: The Beekman Hill Press, 1937. Charcoal cloth with a colorful print on upper board, light tanning and some pencil writing, mostly checkmarks of certain poems, front free end paper has some chipping, gold lettering on front and spine is faded, but there is not much wear except some spotting to upper right front corner and top back edge. Inscribed by Martin to Mr. Becker and dated June 27/37.
• Poet’s Pilgrimage. New York: The Beekman Hill Press, 1938. Rust brown cloth, embrowning on the endpapers. Signed frontispiece of Martin with ALS inscription to Judith Murphy, January 1944. An account with poems of Martin’s tour of Britain under the auspices of the Canadian Authors Association in 1933. Meeting Chesterton and Kipling and visiting the homes of Dickens, Johnson, Wordsworth, Scott, etc.
• Chautauqua Greets You. New York: Gotham Press, 1940. Signed and inscribed first edition, powder blue cloth hardbound, gilt design and lettering to front cover and spine, grey endpapers, 38 pp. Moderate to heavy soiling, rubbing and edgewear to covers. Prior owner names to blank front free-endpaper. Signed by the author on both half title pages, and inscribed by her on the second half title. Pink highlighter to 2 pages. A scarce collection of poetry focused on Chautauqua County, the westernmost county in New York state.
Collection on consignment with LDRB.