Hard Cover. Chicago: Forbes and Company, 1912. First Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition. 8vo. Publisher's tan boards, titles and border in blue to front board, illustration of two hands holding a bat with green background to front board, small illustrations throughout text leaves; dust jacket with identical layout. Near fine book with previous owner's inscription to front free endpaper and a bit of offsetting from page illustrations; very good dust jacket with some shallow chipping to edges, small closed tear to top of front panel, and some toning. Overall, a bright and sturdy copy. Baseballogy is a collection of 24 humorous poems about America's favorite pastime. In the book's introductory poem, "Preliminary," the author playfully draws parallels between baseball and Ancient Greek philosophy, writing, "Philosophy was much the same / To Greeks as is our later game." Edmund Vance Cooke was an early 20th century Canadian poet known as the "poet laureate of childhood." He published sixteen volumes of poetry in his lifetime, and is best known for his inspirational poem, "How Did You Die?"