Wilkes-Barre, PA: [R. Lambert, Printer], 1886. First Edition. Octavo (16cm); dark green decorative boards, bubble grain, stamped in black and gilt; patterned endpapers; xii, 118pp. Spine faded; boards soiled and mildly worn, especially about hinges; leading corners slightly rubbed. Small bookplate on front pastedown; bindings shaken; soiling and foxing intermittent throughout text. Overall Very Good.
A motley selection of historic and contemporary poetry originating from the Wyoming Valley area—a portion of northeastern Pennsylvania (the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre metropolitan area). It is perhaps most historically known for The Battle of Wyoming (1778), frequently referenced within these pages. Other poems cover the usual inspirations: Love, Tragedy, Nature, Cleopatra, Tortoises... Prefaced with a copious apology and attempts at justification by editor John McGroarty, he finally settles for "The Book is here to speak for itself", leaving readers to fend for themselves.