Date Published: 1928 to 1987
Dorothy Livesay is considered one of Canada’s pre-eminent poets and the winner of two Governor General’s Awards (1944, 1947). Following the publication of Green Pitcher (1928) when she was only nineteen years of age, she published Signpost (1932). This was followed by twenty-two other volumes of poetry and three memoirs.
This Dorothy Livesay collection material dating from 1928 to 1987, specifically, thirteen books and booklets of poetry, and three pieces of ephemera (a university convocation invitation 2 UofT programme booklets:). Most items are signed by Livesay. Many are association copies of other Canadian poets, especially Miriam Waddington. Some of these works are quite scarce. Practically all items are in very good or fine condition.
• Signpost. Toronto: The Macmillan Company of Canada Ltd.,1932. Quarter bound in cream coloured cloth and terra cotta ribbed cloth, gilt lettering, issued without a dust jacket. Some gatherings unopened. Minor foxing on the endpapers, otherwise very good condition. Signed by Livesay on the fly leaf (the second preliminary leaf); also with the signature of Miriam Dworkin (the poet Miriam Waddington when she attended the University of Toronto in 1939) on a sheet affixed to the front pastedown. Livesay’s second book of poetry. • Day and Night: Poems.Toronto: The Ryerson Press, 1944. First edition, first printing. Fellow Canadian poet Miriam Waddington’s copy with a few pencilled annotations in her hand. Signed by Waddington on the front free endpaper. Yellow paper boards and spine are stained and rubbed. Glue remnants on front free endpaper. A fine association copy. This is Livesay’s third collection of poetry. It was awarded the Governor-General's Award for English-language poetry in 1944.
• Louis Dudek and Irving Layton, eds. Canadian Poems 1850-1952. Toronto: Contact Press, 1952. 2nd ed. 127,  pp. Card covers. Signed by Dudek on the title page and inscribed by Layton on the front free endpaper. Also signed by Raymond Souster (p. 111), Dorothy Livesay (p. 79), Earle Birney (p. 68), A.J.M. Smith (p. 64), and F.R. Scott (p. 54). From the collection of Greg Gatenby, Canadian author and founder of the Harbourfront Literary Festival and the International Festival of Authors and with his signature on the free endpaper. Light soiling and some darkening of covers and spine. Very good otherwise.
• Collected Poems: Two Seasons.Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson Limited, 1972. Orangish brown cloth in jacket. xvi, 368 pp. Signed by Livesay on the title page. In pristine condition with the exception of 3 pages that have a black ink line along bottom edge due to a printing flaw.
• Richard Wright and Robin Endres, eds. Eight Men Speak and Other Plays from the Canadian Workers’ Theatre. Toronto: New Hogtown Press, 1976. Softcover, light overall wear and rubbing to covers but otherwise very good. xxxvi, , 147,  pp. Signed by Livesay (one of the contributors to this volume, “Joe Derry, Pantomime in Seven Scenes, with Recitation, for Children’s Group” ) on the half title. From the personal library of Canadian poet, author and literary impresario Greg Gatenby whose signature is on the front free endpaper. Gatenby was the founder of the Harbourfront Reading Series and the International Festival of Authors in Toronto.
• Call My People Home. Toronto: The Ryerson Press, 1950. Printed wrappers, wire-stitched. 24 pp. Ryerson Poetry Chapbook No. 143. 500 copies printed. Review copy with review request notice laid-in. Light edgewear only, near fine.
• New Poems. Toronto: Emblem Books, Canada, 1955.  pp. No. 3 in Jay Macpherson’s Emblems Books series. White beige card wrappers, wire-stitched. Brown printing and illustration on front cover. Light edge and surface wear to covers which are toned along edges. Internally clean, bright and unmarked. Inscribed by Livesay on the title page (“To the Bells | Dorothy Macnair “) with her married name. Contains ten poems: ‘Genii”, “Bartok and the Geranium”, “On Seeing”, “Generation”, “After Hiroshima”, “The Dark Runner”, “This Arrow”, “Winter Song”, “Other” and “Nocturne”. Livesay’s sixth poetry collection.
• The Colour of God’s Face. [Vancouver: Unitarian Service Committee, 1964. 12 pp.]. Pinkish card covers, wire-stitched, the text on cream stock. First edition, first state with no pasted in slip changing the past 3 lines of the poem on p. 2. 2 copies in very good condition. One copy inscribed to Miriam Waddington by Livesay in December 1964 and signed by Waddington in pencil on a slip of paper. The second copy inscribed by Livesay on the inside front cover to Livesay biographer/poet and literary critic Peter Stevens and with Livesay's pencil annotations throughout. Stamped on the verso of the back cover: PROCEEDS DONATED | BY AUTHOR TO | UNITARIAN SERVICE COMMITTEE.
• Plainsongs. Fredericton, New Brunswick: Fiddlehead Poetry Books, 1969. 32 pp. Original olive green card covers, wire-stitched. 500 copies printed as noted by the publisher. Minor surface wear. Signed by Livesay and warmly inscribed to fellow poet Miriam Waddington: “Love to Miriam | from Dee | New Year’s 1970”.
• Nine Poems of Farewell 1972-1973. Windsor, Ontario: Black Moss Press, 1973.  pp. This scarce first edition, “published in a limited edition”. Stapled, in yellow card covers, printed in red, with flaps. Initial and terminal leaves on pale cream stock, the rest of the text is white. Warmly inscribed by Livesay to fellow Canadian poet Miriam Waddington on the title page: “Love to Miriam | -- bits and pieces | which will be | re-resolved some day | Dorothy Livesay”. With Miriam Waddington’s signature on a separate paper laid-in. Cover design by Anne Fines.
• Nine Poems of Farewell 1972-1973. Coatsworth, Ontario: Black Moss Press, 1975 but printed in January 1976 by Kurt Rathfelder at The Porcupine’s Quill, Inc. 2nd ed.  pp. Illustrated by Anne Fines. Orange wrappers, wire-stitched. Fine condition.
• The Raw Edges: Voices from Our Time. Winnipeg: Turnstone Press, 1981. Green wrappers, wire-stitched, printed on green paper. 35,  pp. Signed by Livesay on the title page in the year of publication. Also inscribed by Livesay to Miriam Waddington on the front free endpaper. Fine condition.
• St. Hilda’s Chronicle’s (Trinity College, University of Toronto), 2 issues. Stapled blue card covers with silver lettering, slight smudge on one cover and ink name of the first sub-editor (Frances Turner) on another cover, otherwise fine. 7 (no. 44), Christmas 1928, contains a book review by Livesay of The Canadian Short Stories (p. 30) and reprints a review of her first book Green Pitcher from World Wide (p. 30). 7, no. 45, Easter 1929, contains the poem “City Night” (p. 10). Livesay was the fourth sub-editor of St. Hilda's Chronicle
• University of Toronto, 1987. Invitation to the University of Toronto Spring Convocation at which Livesay was receiving the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters conferred upon her. Laid-in is an invitation to the reception following the convocation. Light toning along spine. Otherwise in pristine condition.
Collection is on consignment with LDRB.