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Humorous Poems and Drawings]
[1889 - 1890], [Washington, DC] 1889 - Hardcover. A charming collection of poems, all neatly lettered in brown pen with cartoonish illustrations on each page. The first poem reads: "View the ingenuous youths whose mild surprise, Beams unrestrained from their well opened eyes!, It goes without the saying that they spy the man with long nose who walks by. Such feelings, if well bred they would subdue, or keep them better hid from other's view!" The accompanying drawing depicts three open mouthed children jumping with arms flailing, all apparently enthralled with the long nosed man who stands just off the page. Another reads "The wind subsides and in their little boat, Edward and James, becalmed are left afloat. But what of that? These men of quick resource quickly take measures to pursue their course!" The illustration shows two men in a boat, one with ears the size of sails and the other using a bellows to blow air into his friend's huge ears. The text and illustrations are drawn on glossy, translucent paper with a blank sheet of heavier stock paper between each page. The pages are all ruled and numbered in red pen. Written on the front free endpaper is "Coyle, 1760 N Street, Washington DC, 1889 - 90." Leonidas Coyle (1840-1906) was the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Bridgeton New Jersey. He attended the Princeton Theological Seminary in the 1860s. His compilation of lectures by Reverend G.W. Samson done while a student there showed his early interest in art/cartoons, with several of his pencil drawings decorating the endpapers. Minor chipping to edges of some pages and light foxing throughout. Includes a small laid in black and white photograph of a cat. Bound in three quarter leather backed marbled paper covered boards. Leather spine piece is no longer present. Boards have been amateurishly reattached to text block using clear packing tape along the spine and hinges. Size: Oblong, 12 x 7.5 inches. 28 pages. POE/063017. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: The Kelmscott Bookshop, ABAA]
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