London: Methuen & Co. / Burns and Oates. 1929. Fifth Thousand. Hardcover. "Fifth Thousand", i.e., First Edition, 5th printing (?). Originally issued in 1908, the year after Thompson's death from tuberculosis. Octavo, original green cloth titled and blocked in gilt on spine and upper cover. 142 pp, frontispiece portrait in photogravure (with tissue guard). PRESENTATION COPY, Boldly Inscribed by Wilfrid Meynell on the verso of the front free endpaper: "To Pelham & Helen Edgar from their friend The Editor London July 1909". With Edgar Pelham's Heraldic Bookplate on the front paste-down. Spine panel and cover edges faded to brown (as is common with this title); browning to title leaf from adjacent tissue guard; trifling wear and scuffs to the cloth; a very good, sound copy. Very Good. Item #311342
¶ Francis Thompson was homeless, penniless and addicted to opium when he was taken in by Wilfrid and Alice Meynell, the editors of the magazine "MERRIE ENGLAND" in 1888. The Meynells arranged for publication of his first book of poetry, POEMS (1893). He was supported by and lived with the Meynells for a time. An important association copy, inscribed by Wilfrid Meynell to Oscar Pelham Edgar, a Canadian professor and head of the Department of English at the Victoria College, Toronto. Edgar created the Canadian Authors Foundation in 1931. He was also a close friend and "secretary" to that racist asshole, Duncan Campbell Scott, a Canadian poet who served as deputy superintendent of the Department of Indian Affairs from 1913 to 1932. It was Duncan Campbell Scott who advocated for the assimilation of Canada's First Nations peoples and was largely responsible for the genocide, both culturally and literally, of the Indigenous Peoples of Canada. While Pelham Edgar was not directly involved in this activity, it's worth noting the connection.