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The Prat Sisters: Free Spirits of the 1890s

"Flower of the Rose," hand-printed and "bound for Bliss Carman as a memory of Samuel Prat, whose guest and comrade he was for several northern summers"

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Carman wrote "Flower of the Rose" for Annie after she sent him a rose from the 'Acadia Villa' garden in October 1889. He wrote it under the pseudonym, "Louis Norman," in memory of his infant brother who died in 1865. Carman first published "Flower of the Rose" in The Independent in 1890. He had a hand-printed limited edition published in 1892, after Samuel Prat's death. Minnie later bound one of the copies in white calfskin at the Primrose Bindery, ca. 1900. She or May Rosina also made a presentation cover for "Flower of the Rose," in leather embossed with the design of a rose, at the Primrose Bindery.

Date: 1892

Credit: Dalhousie University Archives and Special Collections

Reference:  Dalhousie University Archives and Special Collections  PR4441 F64 1892

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