Autograph Quotation Signed

COOKE, Edmund Vance (1866-1932)

From Main Street Fine Books & Mss, ABAA (Galena, IL, U.S.A.)

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Canadian-born poet known as "The Poet Laureate of Childhood," with sixteen volumes of humorous verse beginning with "A Patch of Pansies" (1894); other titles include "Basebology" (1912), "The Uncommon Commoner" (1913) and "Brass Tacks Ballads" (1924). AQS, 1p, 8" X 5½", n.p., n.y. [miniscule pencilled date of 1923 January 5 in another hand]. Near fine. Handsome one-of-a-kind custom poem penned for University of Chicago geology professor Albert Johannsen (1871-1962), author of "The House of Beadle and Adams and Its Dime and Nickel Novels" (1950), the definitive reference work on the subject. Apparently Cooke penned this on the blank lower portion of Johannsen's letter to Cooke, for Johannsen's signature appears at upper right. Titled "Professor of Petrology," Cooke jests with his academic admirer: "I've not the least bit collegacy; / I've also been a scarcity / In every university, / Hence seize a moment's unity, / As on this page I write my name / Along with yours of worthies fame," signed large and bold at the conclusion. This fun and unique item is attractively penned in black ink. Also present is a 24mo 4pp promotional leaflet touting recording of Cooks reading his poems published by Columbia Graphophone Co. Johannsen's original 8½" X 11" file folder, bearing his printed "Collection of Albert Johannsen" label (partly filled in by Johannsen), accompanies this item. Bookseller Inventory # 26760

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