[WALL STREET] [FINANCIAL SCHEMES] [THOMAS W. LAWSON] WEBB, Richard and W.W. DENSLOW (illus)
Me and Lawson: "Humpty" Hotfoot's Little Run In With Frenzied Copper, Amalgamated Gas and Scrambled Oil
New York: G.W. Dillingham, 1905. First Edition. 12mo (17.5cm). Original light green pictorial cloth, designs stamped in black; 78pp; illus. Covers slightly soiled; bit of age-darkening to spine; early ink ownership signature: Very Good. Quite decent copy of this uncommon little satire on the financial schemes of Thomas W. Lawson, the Wall Street stock promoter and financier whose 1905 book Frenzied Finance (1905) exposed the crooked dealings of William Rockefeller and the Amalgamated Copper trust. Frenzied Finance became a huge succès de scandale, but when it was revealed that Lawson himself had been intimately involved with Amalgamated's stock-watering scheme he became the butt of many public satires like this one. With four caricatures by W.W. Denslow, best-known as the illustrator of Baum's Oz books.