The History of John the Orange-Man.

Boston: C. M. A. Twitchell & Co., 1892. First edition. Small 8vo, original printed red wrappers, 52 pages. Frontis portrait, two plates. A little soiled and worn; a very good copy. Item #12707

A lively biographical sketch of the Irish fruit peddler John Lovett of Cambridge, a beloved local eccentric of the sort one seems to find around college campuses (cf. Ann Arbor's late Shakey Jake Woods). As often happens, Lovett seems to have been in equal parts joshed and revered, and beloved of generations of undergraduates and professors. Fielding appeared as himself in at least one collegiate comedy and was periodically decked out as a football mascot; when asked about the meaning of the university motto "Veritas," Fielding was reported to have guessed "to hell with Yale." This work appears to have been issued as a competitor to the contemporary Story of John the Orange Man: Being a Short Sketch of the Life of Harvard's Popular Mascot by one of his "Frinds" (Cambridge: J. Wilson & Son, 1891). With a pencil ownership signature of a contemporary Harvard undergraduate W. H. Peabody Jr. at the head of the front wrapper.

Price: $100.00