Unfrequented Paths: Songs of Nature, Labor and Men
by MCNEILL, George E.
Boston: James H. West Company, 1903. First Edition. Late collection of poems by the Massachusetts labor leader, social reformer, and early advocate for the eight-hour work day. Broken into six sections - Of Nature, Of Labor, Of Religion, Of Patriotism, Of Men, Miscellaneous - "it is in the verses devoted to "Labor" that the writer shows his intellectual strength as well as his keen sympathies with all oppression and suffering...The patriotism of the writer of these verses is undoubted" (City and State, December 10, 1903, p.388). Uncommon; no copies of the first edition in commerce (July 2015); OCLC finds 20 copies in U.S. institutions. Octavo (21.25cm); hunter green cloth, with titling and decorative elements stamped in gilt on spine and front cover; 115pp; photographic frontispiece + 25 plates of illustrations. Shallow bump to rear cover, mild wear to spine ends, with biopredation resulting to some scattered loss of color on cloth; binding firm, contents clean - Good. (Inventory #: 27082)
The history, literature, and art of American social movements, including Civil Rights, Feminism, Labor History, Radical Politics, and Counterculture.
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