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Your letter of Nov.29 and also the copy of "Modern
arrived in due time. I shall be glad to receive list of your
Carman duplicates, but with the holidays approaching it may be that I shall not be
able to take much advantage just now of the opportunity thus offered
of adding to my Carman collection. This, I might say, is not very ex-
tensive (comparatively, that is), consisting of only some 17items, or
less than one-half of the items in the line of Carman books known to
me. I have some rarities, it is true, but those that I have not far out-
number those that I have.
Your statement that you have a complete set of Carman interests
me greatly, but I'd wager that you haven't a copy of Carman's first
publication in book form. This is a small quarto booklet of some dozen
pages, containing Carman's poem, "Low Tide on the Grand Pre,"each verse
occupying a page. The publication bears no date,,but it was
issued in Toronto by the Copp,Clark Co.in their "Canadian series of
Booklets," before Carman took up his residence in New York, the author-
ship of the poem being given as "Bliss Carmen (sic),Fredericton,New Brunswick
My copy of this, which I rescued from the 5-cent counter of a second
hand book shop here a year or so ago,is the only one I have ever seen
or heard of,and I doubt if many others are in existence. The Copp,Clark
people tell me that they believe only a few copies were ever sold,and
that what were left went up in the big fire here five years ago, which
Could you,I wonder,tell me where I might get a copy of
O'Hara's"Poetry of Sappho,"privately printed in Chicago this year?
I should like to compare the book with Carman's "Sappho,"which it seems
to resemble-in general aim,at least.
Perhaps the copy of my bookplate which you will find enclosed
herewith may not be wholly without interest to you."A poor thing,but
Yours truly, Address: 200 McCaul Street