Vawter, Will. Hard Cover. Indianapolis: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1915. Very Good / Dust Jacket Included.
Illustrated by Will Vawter. Reprint. Publisher's decorative green cloth with an illustration to front board of a boy sitting among leaves stamped in black and gilt, lettered in gilt to front board and spine; in the original pictorial dust jacket. A very good copy with a touch of rubbing to extremities, newspaper clippings mounted to prelims and rear endpapers, some offsetting to opposite pages, previous owner's inscriptions to prelims; in a very good dust jacket with wear to extremities and some rubbing to panels. BAL 16854. Riley Songs of Friendship is a collection of James Whitcomb Riley's previously published poems and verse that are united by their common themes of camaraderie between friends and family. Included in the volume are "I Smoke My Pipe," "My Friend," "Old Indiany," and "When We Three Met," among others. A native of Indiana, Riley sets many of his poems in his home state, and uses local dialects in his writing. Accordingly, Riley was appropriately known as the "Hoosier Poet, and his nostalgic poetry is credited with fostering Mid-Western cultural identity in the late 19th century. Indeed, these poems' personal nature are classic Riley, and the illustrations by Vawter, also a Hoosier, complement Riley's verse. This copy is bound in the publisher's decorative cloth - a popular form of advertisement and branding for publishers around the turn of the 20th century. The Arts and Crafts and Aesthetic movements encouraged the blending of the artisanal and utilitarian, placing emphasis on the beauty as well as the value of objects. In bookbinding, artists were commissioned to design book covers, endpapers, and page borders.