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April 5, 1930.
Mr. Nathan Van Patten, Director, The Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif. Dear Mr. Van Patten:
Thanks for your letter of March 21, which reached me
on March 27, enclosing collation of various
doubtless duly received a letter which I wrote you on March 22
enquiring about these collations, and also quoting certain
questions which the
Chocorua Press people had asked in connection
with the Carman bibliography In any event, I have forwarded the
collations to the Chocorua Press, and have answered their questions
on the basis of the information you give in your letter.
I am agreeable to your suggestion that you send me a list
of the items for which you already have collations based on actual
contact, and also accept with pleasure your proposal to furnish me
with a copy of each collation on a separate sheet, in order that
I may supply the running comment, and shall be glad if you will let
me have the list in question as early as convenient, so that I may
get to work. Unfortunately, I am in none too robust health at
present, having got back to the office a few days ago after an
absence of more than a week through illness, and fear that progress
with my part of the work will be at the best slow.
I have just completed the check list for my forthcoming
study of Carman, and it may interest you if I sum it up for you:
You will see from these figures that I have a great
many more items on my list than you have, which fact is going to
make it not a little difficult, I fear, to get the bibliography
completed in very short order.
I note that you seem to include under "books
contributions " books edited or containing introductions, etc.,
as well as books containing incidental contributions. Do you not
think that these should be shown under separate headings?
I am interested to learn that you have ordered the
original MS. of "Youth in the Air, " but do hope that you are not
giving the grasping dealers the $350 or so they asked for it.
$35 to $50 , it seems to me, should be about its outside, value; but
in any event, the MS. is not unpublished, as the dealer asserted,
but was published in the anthology The Spirit of St.Louis, issued
Doran in I927
As to those "Little Lyrics of Joy" as printed in
Chap Book, they are included in the volume, Songs of the Sea
Children,(Pipes of Pan, No. III.). There is undoubtedly a large
mass of fugitive Carman material, as you suggest, but one must be
on his guard against ignorant and unscrupulous dealers.
I I haven't been around to
Dr. Pierce's office to see those
Carman MS. photostats, but hope to do so soon.
I shall be glad ,dear Mr. Van Patten, to hear from you again
P.S.: I note that your collations include one of the large paper
issue of the second edition of Low Tide. It seems to me that
properly the collation of the ordinary issue should be given
and a note added describing the large paper issue. What do you
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