Rochester, NY: Rural Home Publishing Company, 1876. Reprint. Octavo (17.5cm); green cloth, diagonal rib, stamped in black and gilt; white moire endpapers, AEG; xiii, 316pp. Spine tanned, heel and crown frayed; board show mild surface wear, soiling, and rubbing; small bumps to extremities. Textblock bindings shaken; front and rear pastedowns torn along margins, with frayed threads in gutters; mild foxing intermittent throughout. Gift inscription on ffep, dated 1900. Overall Very Good.
The term "Waif" should be taken to mean a poem, written by what A. A. Hopkins defines as "Newspaper Poets": Those who were published ubiquitously in newspapers, but had yet to compile volumes of their own. The "waifs" within this book come from a number of such poets (some who made a career of it, others merely "moonlighting"), accompanied by commentary by Hopkins that is nearly as sentimental as the poems themselves. An interesting reference for poetry buffs. BAL 18465 (for Harriet Prescott Spofford's work).