Date Published: 1914 to 1935
Binding: No binding & hard cover
Five interesting pieces of Stephen Leacock ephemera: Merry Christmas book; The Junior League of Montreal; b&w photo of Leacock; and 2 Rare Swedish book translations.
#1) Merry Christmas. Courtesy of Hearst’s Magazine. New York: William Edwin Rudge, 1917. 200 copies printed in the shop of William Edwin Rudge for his friends, Christmas, 1917. Pale blue paper boards with silver flecks, quarter-bound in white paper boards with matching endpapers and deckled edges. Some discolouration to the boards, the spine slightly split and fragile but holding. Spadoni A27. Loosely inserted is a Christmas card from Lill and Will Rudge, Christmas 1916; inside the card is a photo card (NY Herald) of Leacock, signed by Leacock for Aphra Miller, 1934.
#2) The Junior League of Montreal Presents Aces High, the Musical Revue. By the Writers of Looping the Loop. Toronto: W.R. Drager, 1922. Leacock’s signature and address, dated “May 31.1938.” affixed to the verso of the front cover. 32 × 24.5 cm. Slight tears at the left and right edges. Sheet music with a cover illustration by Elizabeth Thompson in bluish gray, black and white of a man with a monocle and a top hat, a woman holding a rose, and a child. [1-2, front cover], 3-5 pp. [p. 5 recto of back cover], verso of back cover. Containing two pieces of music, “Holland Moon” and “A Cosy Home for Two (Madelaine and Charlie”. The front cover has the following: Book & Lyrics by Hamilton Harrower, Keith Handyside & Victor Walsh. With a Burlesque By Stephen Leacock. Music By Keith Handyside. Staged By Victor Walsh. There appear to be 2 other copies of this very scarce piece of sheet music: Library and Archives Canada; and Scott Special Collections, York University. A true Leacock curiosity since he is mentioned on the front cover but there is no text by him. Quite possibly, the burlesque in question, which would have staged, was taken from Winsome Winnie and Other New Nonsense Novels (see Spadoni A32 and C21.17). The Junior League of Montreal was established in 1912. It was a branch of the Junior League, a charitable women's organization committed to volunteerism, founded in New York in 1901.
#3) B&w photo of Leacock addressing members of the New York City Cancer Committee at a luncheon at the Plaza Hotel on 15 May 1935 (“Wage Campaign Against Cancer”), Acme Newspictures Inc, N.E.A. (see Spadoni D35.10 and E35.24). Leacock’s right hand retouched in this photo.
#4) Konstiga romancer. Stockholm: Fahlcrantz & Co., 1914. 202,  pp. Trans. C. Christiansson of Nonsense Novels. Paper covers, slight tear at the top of the spine, small piece missing at the bottom right hand corner of the front cover. 3 copies recorded, 2 copies in Swedish libraries, the other copy in the Norman H. Friedman collection of Leacock at McGill University Library. Spadoni H65. This is the first known translation of Leacock’s work.
#5) Bakom förlåten och andra bidrag till människokännedom. Stockholm: Fahlcrantz & Co., 1915. 166,  pp. B&w portrait of Leacock opposite the half title. Trans. C. Christiansson of Behind the Beyond, and Other Contributions to Human Knowledge. Paper covers, discoloured spine, tape at 2 places on the spine. Only 2 copies recorded, both in Swedish libraries. Spadoni H66.
Collection on consignment with LDRB.
Good. Item #8324