FAIRY TALES OF KOOTENAY. Catherine ARMSMITH, Catherine Anthony Clark.


London: Arthur H. Stockwell, Ltd., 29, Ludgate Hill, E.C. 4. No Date [1929]. First Edition. Octavo, original blue cloth, front panel lettered in gilt and bordered in blind, spine panel lettered in gilt. 80 pp., with six full page black & white plates inserted in the text (not included in the pagination). Ink Christmas Inscription, dated 1930, on front free endpaper, corners bumped, light discoloration to cloth at base of front panel; a very good copy, in the attractive original pictorial dust jacket, lightly chipped & worn and slightly darkened. The jacket depicts a white child and two indigenous women, one dressed in vaguely traditional garb and one of whom appears to be a fairy, with fairy wings, half submerged in a lake. An uncommonly nice copy of a very rare book, copies in the original pictorial dust jacket are virtually nonexistent (except, well, this copy). Item #312008

¶ Catherine Anthony Clark was a very popular Canadian children's author, famous (?) for her 1951 book THE GOLDEN PINE-CONE. She was born in England and move to the Kootenays in 1914; this book, issued under a pseudonym (her maiden name was Catherine Anthony Smith) is known mostly by rumour. The publisher, Stockwell, specialized solely in vanity publications; that is, the cost of printing and distributing the books they published were always paid for by the authors. Very few copies of this book would have been printed, almost none survive. There appears to be a copy in the Sheila Egoff Canadian Children's Book Collection at UBC Library, we haven't seen that copy but we doubt that it has the pictorial dust jacket. Catherine Clark has been called "Canada's First Fantasist", her tales mix North American Indian mythology with tradition European folklore.

Price: $750.00