Legends of Vancouver. Johnson, E. Pauline (Tekahionwake). Published by McClelland, Goodchild, & Stewart, Limited, Toronto, Copyright Pauline Johnson 1911. New Edition, Illustrated. (First printing following the privately printed, card cover edition, Saturday Sunset Presses Limited, 1911). 8vo – over 7¾” – 9¾” tall. xvi, 165 pp. with six black and white photographic plates, including frontispiece. Maroon red cloth boards with gilt titles and decoration front; gilt spine titles. Top edge gilt, fore and tail edges rough cut. In very nice condition. Light fading to spine and top edge of rear board; gilt remains bright. Tiny inscription free endpaper top edge “Cora from Mother and Father”. Toning to endpapers; ghost mark page 59 from laid in folded newspaper article: Vancouver Honours famed Indian poetess Pauline Johnson” dated, March 10 1961 (the centennial of Johnson’s birth). In very collectible condition.
Offered with a unique tribute or memorial card, circa 1922. Textured maroon cards tied with black cord, gilt embossed title and sepia photo of Pauline Johnson. Contains 2 glossy pages the first blank, the second contains a poem titled: A Thought for Pauline Johnson, Lauretta Macpherson Gray; above is a photo of the Pauline Johnson Memorial in Stanley Park, Vancouver. The memorial was erected in 1922 by the Women’s Canadian Club of Vancouver. The undated portrait of E. Pauline Johnson is by the photographer to George T. Wadds.
E. Pauline Johnson (Takehionwake) (1861 -1913) was a daughter of a Mohawk Chief and a white mother. She was one of Canada’s most celebrated performers, poet, feminist and indigenous activist of the Victorian era. She performed on tours across Canada, in the United States and England where she first met Chief Joe Capilano in 1906. When she retired from the stage in 1909, she settled in Vancouver where she renewed her acquaintance with her ’tillicum skookum’ or great friend Joseph Capilano. During long visits and canoe rides, he told her the tales of Salish culture she was to re-tell in Legends of Vancouver. 3510 $120