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Old Spookses' Pass, Malcolm's Katie, and Other Poems
N.p., [Toronto]: [James Bain & Son], [1886]. 1st, 2nd issue. Hard Cover. Very Good. New 1/2 leather spine and covers with marbled paper. New endpapers. 224pp. Very Good+ 1886 1st edition, second issue (not 1884 1st issue or 1898 3rd issue). The book was issued first in 1884, with only a few sold (50), and again two years (1886) later with a replaced title page, absent a place and date of publication (this copy). The books third appearance, issued by Briggs, came ten years or so after Crawford's death in 1887. To earn a living, Crawford sold her prose and poetry to newspapers. Isabella Valancy Crawford (1850-1887) Although now considered a leading 19th-century Canadian poet, Isabella Crawford achieved little recognition during her lifetime. Born in Dublin, she immigrated to Canada with her family in the 1850s, eventually settling in North Douro, Ontario. Here she had the occasion to meet Catharine Parr Traill before the family relocated to Peterborough. In 1875 her siblings and father died, leaving Crawford and her invalid mother with scant financial resources., While some of her work appeared in The Favourite and The Toronto Globe and Mail, between 1875 and 1879 she published only in American periodicals. Crawford and her mother relocated to Toronto, and in 1879 she began contributing to the Toronto Globe and the Toronto Evening Telegram. Crawford submitted her work to literary journals but her efforts were rejected, leaving her with no choice but to publish in newspapers. In 1884, struggling to gain recognition, she used her own money to publish "Old Spookses' Pass", "Malcolm's Katie" and Other Poems, a collection of some of her best narrative poems. This collection received critical praise but sold only 50 copies. Apart from newspapers, it was the only publication of Crawford's work during her lifetime. With some difficulty, what remains of her work has been posthumously compiled and published from newspapers and her surviving manuscripts.
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