THE GOLD-GATED WEST : SONGS AND POEMS
Philadelphia, PA (& London): J.B. Lippincott Company, 1910. First edition. Hardcover. 8vo. Navy blue, cloth-covered boards with gilt lettering, and gilt vignette of sun emanating from a lighthouse beneath a sky of clouds. Top edge gilt, fore-edge and tail untrimmed. Moderate rubbing to extremities, and a bit of staining to boards. Both accession label and deaccession stamp to front pastedown. Front free endpapers shwo cartoons and poems tipped-in. Numbered copy (#154) Former library copy with usual markings (spine label, pocketPhoto frontis of poet. Edited with an introductory preface, by W.T. Burney 308 pp. Good. Item #86082
Samuel Leonidas Simpson (1845-1900), was known as "the “Burns of Oregon,and ” is widely regarded as nineteenth century Oregon’s most beloved poet. A prolific writer whose poems and stories were published throughout the Pacific Northwest, Simpson is remembered today for only one poem, “Beautiful Willamette,” written when he was twenty-two years old. At the height of his fame, however, Simpson’s various talents were praised extensively by an adulating press. The following editorial from the Oregon State Journal, Eugene, is but one example: 'Some of our contemporaries express the opinion, in which we freely concur, that Sam L. Simpson is the most brilliant literary genius in Oregon.' (November 7, 1874)..."