Grand Rapids, Mich. W. W. Hart’s Steam Book and Commercial Printing House, 1883. First edition. 8vo, original gilt-decorated brown cloth, gilt lettering, 200 pages. Frontis portrait, stock vignettes. Board edges somewhat rubbed; clumsy spine decorations somewhat rubbed; a trifle discolored; a very good copy. Item #17742
The romance of civil engineering, a sprawling metrical romance set in the woods somewhere north of Grand Rapids, Michigan, where a young civil engineer woos a wealthy English-born girl; the stalwart youth early on impresses all with his dignified fortitude, as when he responds to those who would scoff his proposals to lay out a rail line through the woods: “‘Yes, when I fail to calculate / With compass, plumb and line, / Or sketching grade meanderings, / Account this weakness mine.’“ With a few additional poems on such subjects as dogs, human life, and verses delivered to a fraternal organization. We have also handled an issue of this title in cloth. Streeter (Michigan) 2582.