Lot 66: c. 1900, San Francisco Printed Advertisement: The Man With The Hoe, Signed E. M.
29 October 2016
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USALive Auction
Signed "E. M" Poem "The Man With The Hoe." by Author Edwin Markham which is said to be His Finest Poem
EDWIN MARKHAM. c. 1900, San Francisco Printed Advertisement for the American Poem, "The Man With The Hoe" Ad is Signed, "E. M." by the author Edwin Markham, with his proofread correction notations, Very Fine.
An early color printing of the Poem "The Man With The Hoe." by Edwin Markham (1852-1940), famous American writer, biographer, author and poet, measures 4.5" x 13.5", 2 pages (face and back), San Francisco, CA. Advertisement has been folded a few times with a pen stroke through the top text block regarding the sale of Markham's book on Poems. The illustration shows a man leaning on a hoe, who looks exhausted. It was Markham that wrote and read his poem on Abe Lincoln at the dedication of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. "The Man With A Hoe.", is said to be his finest poem. This poem crystallizes a hundred years of American labor, protested conditions through this poem. This edition of the poem must have belonged to Markham, for he initials it at the bottom and makes a few corrections to the text. Old mounting spots at top and bottom, only seen if held to the light, does not affect text. Rarely encountered.
Edwin Markham was a noted author and biographer of Abraham Lincoln.