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Mason, Walt. Uncle Walt [Walt Mason]: The poet philosopher. Chicago: George Matthew Adams, 1910. 8vo (20.1 cm, 7.9"). Frontis., 189,  pp.; illus. $85.00
"Walt Mason's Prose Rhymes are read daily by approximately ten million [newspaper] readers," according to the preface, making Mason "the Poet Laureate of the American Democracy." This collection of his popular, often humorous short pieces comes "from the presses of the Caslon Press . . . Arranged and decorated by Will Bradley. Frontispiece by John T. McCutcheon. Illustrations by William Stevens" (per the colophon); this first edition is in a => publisher's binding signed "B" (for Bradley).
The type here is set within ruled borders, and the verbal vignettes' titles are set as shouldernotes; the "poetry," set as prose, is => frank period doggerel and often the more fun for that, although many sentiments are also "period."
Binding: Publisher's brown cloth, front cover and spine pictorially stamped in orange, black, and tan with an image of Uncle Walt holding forth; the orange title lettering is LARGE and the image fills the entire cover.
Bound as above; minor wear to black portions of front cover, extremities slightly rubbed. Dust jacket lacking, as is typical; page edges untrimmed. Text age-toned, otherwise clean and crisp. (41338) Please RESHELVE This.
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