CARMAN, Bliss; & Richard Hovey.

More Songs From Vagabondia.

Designs by Tom B. Meteyard.

Boston: Copeland & Day, 1896 Stock Code: 122231
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First edition, one of 60 large paper copies, inscribed and signed by Carman with the 8-line poem "Daisies" (also printed on page 13) written out on the half title, and additionally signed or initialled by Carman no less than 26 times in the text (conceivably marking out the poems of which he, rather than Hovey, was author). Carman has also signed the dedication page (the dedication reads "To M. G. M., so good to lighten cares, / The boys inscribe this second book of theirs"), making it not impossible that this copy, with its elaborately personalised attributes, was the dedication copy. The book is self-evidently rare thus.

The three Vagabondia poetry collections issued by Canadian poet Bliss Carman (1861-1929, Canada's unofficial laureate) and American poet Richard Hovey (1864-1900) represented a revival in the verse of the American 90s, with anthologist Louis Untermeyer reporting that, out of an environment of moribund detachment: "revolt openly declared itself with the publication of Songs from Vagabondia (1894), More Songs from Vagabondia (1896), and Last Songs from Vagabondia (1900)... It was the heartiness, the gypsy jollity, the rush of high spirits, that conquered. Readers of the Vagabondia books were swept along by their speed faster than by their philosophy." The poems even gained praise from the later modernists, with Ezra Pound noting that he "greatly enjoyed The Songs of Vagabondia by Mr Bliss Carman and the late Richard Hovey". This second instalment contains the much-anthologised "A Vagabond Song".

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Octavo. Original yellow boards, titles and illustration to spine and front.


Illustrated endpapers by Meteyard.


Minor chips to ends, faint damp stain to front board, covers generally lightly tanned, but an excellent copy, uncut.


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