Bar-Room Ballads. Robert W. Service.
Bar-Room Ballads
Bar-Room Ballads
Bar-Room Ballads
Bar-Room Ballads
Bar-Room Ballads

Bar-Room Ballads

Toronto, Ontario, Canada: S. J. Reginald Saunders, 1940. First Edition. Hardcover. Signed with greeting by Robert W. Service. "Mr. Service needs no introduction to Canadians, for his readers here are numbered in the hundreds of thousands. The poetry of Robert Service has sold more widely throughout the English-speaking world than that of any other living poet. His new volume of poems, BAR-ROOM BALLADS includes, among other poems in the typical Service vein, a score of new Yukon ballads such as those which first brought to the author international fame. (front flap) A later volume of poems by Robert William Service (1874-1958), the extremely prolific &, in his own time through today, wildly popular British-Canadian poet. Service was proclaimed "the Bard of the Yukon" & often compared with his near-contemporary Rudyard Kipling. In his customarily straightforward, rhyming, old-fashioned style, Service muses on the roughhewn people, places & events of Canada's Yukon Territory, its equivalent of the USA's Wild West or pre-Statehood Alaska. There is also a whole section of poems whose one-word titles examine aspects of the human condition that have interested poets of all schools & epochs: "Security," "Longevity," "Resignation, " "Privacy," "Maternity," "Virginity," "Infidelity," "Laughter" etc. There is even a lengthy, rather hallucinatory & macabre "Ballad of Lenin's Tomb." Though we would never compare his work with that of the Beat Generation which was just gaining notoriety at the time of his passing, there is something of a proto-similarity in Service's spirit of remote adventure & celebration of myriad experiences & personalities. This is the first edition as stated on copyright page, hardcover in unclipped, unrestored dust jacket. Officially issued by a venerable Canadian publisher, but with a fine-print note on copyright page stating that it was printed in the USA by the Vail-Ballou Press, Inc. at Binghamton, NY. We have seen images of this edition with slightly different color (green or teal) cloth, this blue cloth copy is presumed to be among several such variations. On the blank front free endpaper, Service has boldly hand-written & signed: "Cordially Yours,/ (signed) Robert Service." Above this greeting & signature are the hand-written signature, address & location (Vancouver, BC) of, we presume, the original owner & recipient of Service's greeting & autograph. A most collectible & desirable rarity in the vast, acclaimed Service canon. Book in fine condition with very mild rubbing & just a bit of fading to front, back covers & spine; mild wear & a few tiny bumps with very slight loss of color at edges & corners of same; gilt lettering on front cover & spine in near-excellent condition with slightest dulling & some miniscule loss of gilt at smaller fonts on spine; moderate rubbing, browning, scratching & occasional spotting to edges of text block; very slight fading to blue coloring at upper edge of same. Interior very fine with only mild browning, spotting to front & rear pastedowns & endpapers; much lighter, barely discernible browning esp. at blank margins of page leaves. Dust jacket in relatively good condition with mostly moderate rubbing, creasing & a few spots to front, back covers & spine; moderate-to-significant wear, creasing & several mostly short, closed tears at edges & corners of same. Fine / good. [Item #3422]

Price: $600.00

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