Chicago: The Riley and Britton Company, 1912. 1st. Original wrappers. First Edition. INSCRIBED "For Leroy Truman Goble/with the usual/good wishes/Bert Leston Taylor/May, 1912." Small 8vo. 93 unnumbered pages. Illustrations by C.B. Falls. Stiff green wrappers with yapp edges; gilt lettering & dark green illustration of a tree branch extending over the spine to the right-hand side of the rear cover to front cover; illustrated endpapers. Front hinge cracked; minor wear to extremities; else near fine. From the library of Leroy Goble with his personalized bookplate. Goble was a minor figure in the Chicago literary renaissance of the 1920's, friendly with the likes of Sherwood Anderson, John Gunther and Ben Hecht. Goble was a stimulating influence, with a friendly ear for poets with unpublished manuscripts, a quick appreciation of the young English drammatists and essayists, and a man ready to talk books at the drop of a hat." - Chicago Tribune. Item #17561
Taylor's twenty-two essays describe his love for the northern wilderness. Through vivid and simple prose, he narrates a true sense of the woods, its tonic, and its poetry. The term "carry" in the title refers to portage, and "pipesmoke" is "a certain tobacco known by men of the forest, that when burned summons memories of days frantic of wind and rain, days of long excursions, filled with the odor of balsam and sun burned grass, little adventures, rare acquaintances made by chance.” - wiki.