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Thayer, Phineas [Ernest]; Groesbeck, Dan Sayre (Illustrations)
Casey at the Bat
Chicago: A. C. McClurg & Co, 1912. First Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. Groesbeck, Dan Sayre. First separate printing of the poem in book form, duodecimo size, [31] pp. "Casey at the Bat" was an immensely popular baseball poem - indeed, called by some, "the single most famous baseball poem ever" - written in comic verse by Ernest Lawrence "Phin" Thayer (1863-1940), a Harvard graduate and member of the Hasty Pudding society. "Phin", the manner in which he first signed the poem, was a nickname Thayer wrote under during time as a writer for the Harvard Lampoon. The poem was first published in "The San Francisco Examiner" in 1888 and was subsequently included in an anthology of poetry; this is the first time it was printed separately. "Casey" was immensely popular and gained recognition through its many performances, most notably by the comedian William DeWolf Hopper. The poem has inspired a plethora of adaptations for the screen and stage, and continues to entertain readers of all ages today. Many debate whether "Mudville" and "Casey" were real places and persons; the honour of place has been contended amongst several towns, but the character may have been based upon National League player Mike "King" Kelly, whose performance Thayer covered for the San Francisco "Examiner" in 1887, a year before the poem was first published. Illustrating this book is California artist Dan Sayre Groesbeck (1878-1950), who provides playful illustrations on every page, with numerous full-page illustrations portraying each stanza of the poem. Groesbeck began his art career working as an … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Swan's Fine Books [U.S.A.]
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