Date Published: 1894 to 1929
Binding: No binding & hard cover
William Bliss Carman (poet, essayist, journalist) was born in Fredericton, New Brunswick on 15 April 1861. As an integral member of the Confederation School of Canadian poetry, Carman’s work helped to shape a poetic voice in Canada. He was strongly influenced by the Romanticism of the nineteenth century and is best remembered as a lyrical poet of the Maritime landscape.
The collection has 6 items dating from 1894 to 1929, specifically 1 autographed signed letter and 5 books.
• ALS on Hotel St. Francis San Francisco letterhead, to Miss Rothschild, 17 February 1905, enclosing a photograph and autograph (neither present) and thanking her for her kind words of welcome.
5 Books (4 signed):
• Low Tide on Grand Pré: A Book of Lyrics. New York: Charles L. Webster and Company Publishers, 1893. Press of Jenkins & McCowan. 120 pp. Purple cloth, spine faded, top edge gilt. Some foxing on the endpapers. Signed on the front free endpaper: “To | Mr Walter Adams | with sincere regards | from | Bliss Carman | January 1894”. First edition of Carman’s first book, including his evocative, dream-like poem about the tides at the head of the Bay of Fundy on the shores of the Minas Basin at Grand Pré, Nova Scotia. The publisher went bankrupt in 1894.
• Low Tide on Grand Pré: A Book of Lyrics. Cambridge & Chicago: Stone and Kimball, 1894. Second edition, March 1894, with three additional poems. Printed by the University Press in Cambridge. 132,  pp. Green cloth, gilt floral design on the upper board, top edge gilt. Some foxing on the endpapers. Signed by Carman on the front free endpaper. Title page by Martin Mower. Cover design by George Hawley. By the end of 1894, Stone & Kimball had twice reprinted the book, first in a limited edition of 50 copies and then in a full run.
• Daughters of Dawn. A Lyrical Pageant or Series of Historic Scenes for Presentation with Music and Dancing. New York: Mitchell Kennerley, 1913. Co-authored with Mary Perry King. viii, 118 pp. Dark blue cloth in a very nice, slightly chipped dust jacket, top edge gilt, 15 photographic illustrations.
• Talks on Poetry and Life: Being a Series of Five Lectures Delivered Before the University of Toronto, December, MCMXXV. Toronto: Ryerson Press, 1926. 59 pp. Paper over boards with printed cover label. Very light wear at tips of spine and to paper-covering at tips of corners, a very good+ copy. 1 of 200 copies printed but 190 are for sale (and signed by the author.) This is number 196 of the two hundred copies. One of the ones “not for sale”? Plus a presentation copy signature from Carman on the front end paper written on a Christmas card pasted down “To E.J. Vickery Bliss Carman 1928”. Likely presented to E(dgar). J. Vickery (1890-1940) Bookseller, Halifax and Yarmouth, Edgar J. Vickery owned a bookstore opposite the old Post Office at what was then 307 Main Street. He also operated a "Circulating Library" charging 2 cents per day or 10 cents per week.
• Far Horizons. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1929. x, , 85,  pp. Light blue cloth. Signed on the front endpaper: “With all good wishes | for happy days | Bliss Carman | Montreal 1925”. Collection on consignment with LDRB.
Very Good. Item #8656