New York: N. Tibbals & Sons ... Published for the Author, [ 1886]. iv, - 499,,pp. Octavo. Medium brown cloth, decorated in black, spine stamped in gilt. Engraved portrait frontispiece. Portrait of S.L. Clemens and other plates. Edges rubbed, text stock characteristically tanned, frontis a bit foxed, edges rubbed, just a near very good copy of a poorly produced book. Item #WRCLIT63434
First edition. Characteristically inscribed by the author on the front pastedown: "To my very much esteemed Friends Mr. & Mrs, Charles Walters With the Compliments of the Author Bloodgood H. Cutter 1889 / Prove all things hold fast that which is good ...." Cutter married well and through capable property acquisitions and management, amassed a fortune sufficient to allow his eccentricities to flourish in a relatively unrestrained fashion. He fancied himself a poet, and had a penchant for self- publication, largely in leaflet or broadside form. By virtue of circumstance, he found himself traveling in company with S.L. Clemens, who granted him some form of fame as the "Poet Lariat" in INNOCENTS ABROAD. Cutter seldom, if ever, failed to try to capitalize on that association, as here in his most substantive collection of his fugitive "verse." One needs only to scan a single quatrain to appreciate how deficient Mr. Cutter was in the area of self-criticism.