MERKEL, Andrew CHAMBERS, Robert, cover illus.
Title: Order of Good Cheer : A Narrative Poem. 1st ed. signed. card covers
Publisher:  Imperial Publishing Company, 1944,
Seller ID: 60691
MERKEL, Andrew. The Order of Good Cheer : A Narrative Poem. [Halifax] : Imperial Publishing Company, 1944. First Edition. Pp (9),8-46,(4). 8vo, card covers. Cover illustration by Robert Chambers. Watters p.139, Rhodenizer p.919, Laugher p.383. Andrew Doane Merkel (b. 1884, Morley, New York - d. June25, 1954, Halifax) was a journalist and poet. "The action of the narrative poem The Order of Good Cheer deals with various DeMont's expeditions of 16 04-08 and an attempt is made to depict something of the life of the merchant adventurers as well as of the aboriginies with whom they came in contact.Among the principal figures are Pierre de Guast, the Sieur de Monts. Samue l de Champlain, Jean de Biencourt, the Sieur de Poutrincourt and Marc Lescarbot. Another is Membertou, the aged Indian chief, who spoke French fluently from contact with the Basque fishermen who had made a practice of visiting the main land of Nova Scotia, in the vicinity of Canso, many years, Membertou recalled among many achievements the welcome he gave Jacques Cartier, on his first visit to Canada in 1534. [...] No attempt is made in the poem to adhere strictly to the chronology of events, the purpose being to depictthe various voyages made between 1604 and the founding of Quebec in 1608 a s a single enterprise. Much of the subject matter was derived from Marc Lescarbot's History of New France." - from Merkel's foreword. "I know what I like and I do like this narrative poem. It has the clean flow and music of one of ourNova Scotia rivers, and it conveys the images of the French explorers and the Indians as faithfully as a reflection in still water." - ThomasH. Raddall. Very good. Inscribed by the author. 40.00