WHEN WILLIE WET THE BED [Cover Title: "Little Willie" )

By: Field, Eugene

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Original cream doubled wrappers (with a fan fold at the top edge) -- printed in red with title: "Little Willie" / By / Eugene Field -- stitched and sewn, as issued, with decorative red silk cord tied at the spine-fold. Title page (limitation statement on verso) , Foreword (verso blank) , and the five stanzas of the poem printed on both sides of three leaves (the fifth stanza's leaf is blank on the verso, except for a device depicting a rampant lion in silhouette, final leaf entirely blank. OCLC: 27211002 The Foreword explains that the poem was composed by Eugene Field on October 19, 1895 and that the author died November 4, 1895. "The first four stanzas have appeared in several medical journals... What modern Bowlder [sic] or member of the Society of Expurgators was responsible for the suppression of the fifth stanza is immaterial. Field's fame and reputation are secure, and any mutilation of his writings is an impertinent sacrilege. This facetious gem is presented in its entirety for a hundred admirers who will appreciate the production of our lamented friend. " Facing this leaf is the limitation statement: "One Hundred Copies Printed / All Hand Illuminated / No. (this copy bears the handwritten numeral "9." in red ink. The foreword and each of the five stanzas have decorative woodcut intial letters, which have been colored by hand, in red, green, lavender and gold. The suppressed fifth stanza appearing in this edition reads: "Had I my choice, no shapely dame / Should share my couch with me ; / No amorous jade of tarnished fame, / No wench of high degree; / But I would choose and choose again The little curly head / Who cuddled close beside me when / He used to wet the bed. " BAL credits the first formal and authorized publication of this poem as Slason Thompson's 'Life of Eugene Field', ( New York, 1927, pp. 159-160) . In this biography, Thompson asserts that [Little Willie] has never before appeared between the covers of a book regularly published, although thousands of copies have been printed and circulated sub rosa. At least one modern critic has referred to this poem in print as "pedophilic pornography" (see Joseph T. Thomas - "Schoolroom Poets: Childhood, Performance, and the Place of American Poetry, 1865-1917." A nearly fine copy of this scarce Eugene Field pamphlet, fresh and unworn, except for a small snagged tear to the yapped (overhanging) edge of the rear wrapper along its bottom margin. ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings.

Title: WHEN WILLIE WET THE BED [Cover Title: "Little Willie" )

Author Name: Field, Eugene

Categories: Modern First Editions, Literature,

Publisher: Washington DC, Privately Printed: 1901

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Near Fine

Size: 12mo

Seller ID: 37025