Harper & Brothers, Franklin Square, New York, 1885. 1885. HARPER & BROTHERS , FRANKLIN SQUARE,1885 NEW YORK First Edition. Excerpt from City Ballads:
When city people go among forests and hills, they drink in the fresh air and weird scenery of rural surroundings, with much more relish, enjoyment, and appreciation, than do the life-long residents they find there.
For the same reason, the great drama of metropolitan existence falls most forcibly upon those just from the clear streams and green meadows of the country. Their impressions then are deeper, and their feelings more intense than if they were city born and bred.
With the latter fact in view, this book is an effort to reproduce some of the effects of city scenes and character upon the intellect and imagination of two people from the country:
First, a young student, who has travelled the well-beaten roads of a college course, but is just entering real life, and now for the first time walks the paved and palace-bordered streets of which he has heard and read so much
Second, an old farmer, with very little "book-learning," but a clear brain, a warm heart, and independent judgment, and a habit of philosophizing upon everything he sees, which habit he brings to the city, and applies to the strange facts he witnesses. (GoodReads). Very Good / NO DJ. Item #1029
Harper & Brothers, Franklin Square, New York, 1885. First Edition. Very Good, solid, some stress to back cover, text and illustrations bright and clean, some very light foxing. Some fading to front cover and more profoundto back coverwith white spotting. Very Interesting Reading.