This is a rare collectible hardcover. 1880 Jansen McClurg & Co. Publishing. This copy is good condition. The pages have light natural tanning but are good considering age. The pages are somewhat fragile but a good stock paper was used which helped preserve the integrity. No serious foxing appears. The pages are clean and the only markings seen are vague imprint of previous owner on first page, which is brown in color therefore hiding most of the writing, and on last page there is a curious and delightful note " "May you have enough shadows in life to make a glorious sunset. Lucinda Bourguin". which is a quote from an unknown author. The hardcover is brown with gold lettering and tooled decoration. It is in good condition with wearing at corners and bottom edge. Binding is tight and straight.
This is a lovely rare book that contains poems said to be written with purpose. Some point out the abuses that are common in society, some create kindly feelings towards the lonely and poor, and some describe the joys and sorrows of the human heart. The preface declares that the "poems are neither the result of idleness nor the imperfect fancies of one who has had nothing else to do" and "most were written in the editorial room, with the worry of printers and the hurry of newspaper work about the writer". It goes on to say that they have been written for the people, the working people whom the author has passed the greater portion of his life with.
Some of the selections include Old Farmer Brown, Hard Times, Christmas Eve, Contentment, September, A Home Picture and others. There are numerous illustrations that accompany many selections.
Unique off the beaten path poems for fireside or quiet reading enjoyment.
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