BEHIND THE VEIL: a poem [limited issue] by DE MILLE,…

BEHIND THE VEIL: a poem [limited issue]

Edition: First printing

Halifax, Nova Scotia: T.C. Allen, 1893. The limited issue, #62 of an edition of 100 copies signed by the editor Archibald MacMechan and artist George A. Reid (there was also a trade issue). Small folio, original dark brown leather-covered boards gilt, blue & white floral endpapers. 30 leaves, printed on rectos only + frontispiece portrait with tissue. The notoriously fragile binding has been rebacked in matching leather, with some restorations at the outer corners; text paper a bit toned as always; professional repairs to margins of title leaf (well away from any printing); shallow chips to fore edge of pp 4-5; in all, a good, tight copy, text clean. Laid in is a printed order form for the book, with the publisher's name changed by hand to "Messrs. W. Drysdale & Co." A posthumously published long poem with a religious mysticism theme, the manuscript was discovered among De Mille's papers after his death. One of De Mille's rarest books. Also of special interest is the nice etched frontispiece drawing of De Mille by noted Canadian artist G.A. Reid, which is SIGNED BY THE ARTIST in pencil beneath the plate. George Agnew Reid (1860-1947) studied with Robert Harris, Thomas Eakins, Benjamin Constant, and others. He taught at the Ontario College of Art 1890-1928, serving as Principal 1912-29. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Academy, serving as President 1906-09, and also President of the Ontario Society of Artists 1897-1902. He completed commissions for murals at Jarvis Collegiate, the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto City Hall, and Queen's University. Reid has been the subject of published books.; Small folio; Signed by editor & illustrator

Book ID: 35819
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