Kalamazoo: Published by the Author, 1886. First edition. 8vo, original blind-stamped brown cloth, gilt lettering. somewhat rubbed and worn; some occasional internal staining; a good, sound copy. Item #13591
The author's first book, a collection of humorous poems (with a few appended prose burlesques). This favorite son of Kalamazoo had attended the University of Michigan in 1885-86 (the rolls of the Michigan Alumnus would suggest he did not graduate) before eventually returning to take up a position at the Kalamazoo Herald; his light newspaper verse was well-known in its time and Smiley (1864-1903) would occasionally take to the stage as a humorous lecturer. This collection includes one poem on Freshman hazing entitled "Ann Arbor," and Smiley also turns his attention to such varied topics as Book Agents, "Base-Ball," the glories of the onion, and pointers on juvenile behavior: "Learn life's precious little lessons / As the little moments fly / If a little playmate hit you / Stick your finger in his eye."