THE OLD SWIMMIN'-HOLE" AND 'LEVEN MORE POEMS. By "Benj. F. Johnson, of Boone" [pseud]
by [Riley, James Whitcomb]
Indianapolis: George C. Hitt & Co., 1883. Small octavo. Original printed parchment-like wrappers, printed in red. Faintest dust soiling to the wrappers, minute fleck on lower wrapper, but a fine copy. Enclosed in a half morocco slipcase and chemise (spine a bit darkened). First edition of the author's first book, collecting a number of "Hoosier" dialect poems which had seen earlier publication under the pseudonym in THE INDIANAPOLIS JOURNAL. The first edition consisted of one thousand copies, with the cost of publication split between Riley and Hitt, and the edition sold out in three months. Several facsimiles were produced in later years, the most faithful in 1909; this copy includes the features determinative of the proper first: a) title leaf a cancel, b) 'W' in 'William' present on p.41 in the first line of the 4th stanza, and c) horizontal chain lines uniformly spaced at 1" (scant). Seybolt did not have a copy of this regional rarity in his collection of first books, and the first 7 Gables First Books catalogue could muster only a rebound copy. BAL 16525. RUSSO, pp.3-6. (Inventory #: WRCLIT77395)
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