Galena (IL): by the Author, 1878. First Edition. A highly uncommon volume of Illinois verse. Horace H. Houghton (b. 1806), a sometime associate of Ulysses S. Grant, was born in Springfield Vermont and worked as a printer in New York, Boston and Vermont before migrating west, where he began his long association with the Galena (IL) Gazette in 1835 (for reference see Papers of U.S. Grant, v.21,p,229n). He published several miscellaneous works, but this appears to be his only published collection of poems. A 1922 Anderson Galleries catalog already describes the book as "scarce;" current OCLC holdings show thirteen locations, with none recorded in commerce in at least 25 years. Tall octavo (23cm). Original brown cloth-covered beveled boards, blocked in gilt, black, and blind. Lengthy presentation on front fly leaf, possibly in the recipient's (not the author's) hand: "Presented to James Glynn by an old and dear friend / Horace H. Houghton / On Page 135 is a poem written of James Glynn followed by a reprise to it, written by Mr Houghton / Verona Glynn was named for Mrs. Houghton "Verona."" With later blue ink presentation inscription by an unidentified owner; and, laid down on same page, a manuscript micro-holographic Lord's Prayer, written area ca. 75mm x 150mm, signed: "written without glasses by E. Eastman, age 83, Harrisville, Aug 01, 1886." Tight, straight Very Good or better copy with thin split to gutter at front hinge (internal); a few clipped poems laid in throughout text; internally fresh and clean.