Chicago: Ralph Fletcher Seymour, 1903. Hardcover. Small 4to. Black cloth spine and burgundy paper over boards with gilt lettering and black graphic. 187pp. Decorative title page, extensive full-page illustrations. Very good. Binding rather rubbed and edgeworn, but internally tight and quite attractive. Item #47340
Nice first edition of this interesting mix of Chicago photographs and Chicago poems by this long-time University of Chicago educator (1859-1940) and prolific poet who authored such titles as "The Ballad of Manila Bay and Other Verses," "Provincial Types in American Fiction," "Poems on Chicago and Illinois," "Ballads of Peace and War" and many others. Best of all, this unique copy is extra-illustrated with a tipped-in frontispiece: Printed Document Signed, 1p, 6" X 9½", n.p., 27 June 1902. Very good. Lightly age toned; single horizontal fold. Text of Fiske's 8-stanza poem "The Renaissance of Olympia," nicely inscribed and signed by him across the top in brown in: At left he pens "Eagle's Nest Bluff / June 27, 1902" and at right pens "To a Chicago Greek / With the compliments / of the writer." Fiske's text explains the poem thusly: "The ancient Olympic games were revived a few years since in Greece. In 1904 they will be celebrated in the city of Chicago...." Fiske spoke too soon, for while Chicago originally won the bid to host the first Olympics in the United States, circumstances forced a switch and the 1904 Olympics took place in St. Louis -- but this poem was published and his inscription accomplished during that brief period when Chicago thought it would be hosting the 1904 Olympics. Apparently a leaf from an unidentified book, as verso bears an unrelated text ("Consular Service of the United States" by Louis E. Van Norman). A most interesting and unusual copy!