Berlin: Houghton Mifflin and Company, 1894. Hardcover. Signed "Henry Fairfield Osborn 850 Madison Ave. New York Tacoma 1896" on the ffep. With a poem in manuscript hand by Osborn on rear end paper. Osborn, the American paleontologist, served as president of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City & established a large fossil collection there. He was also a founder of the Galton Society, a flawed movement pushing the theory of eugenics. He was supported in this effort by his Hudson River neighbor, Mary Williamson Averell Harriman, widow of Edward Harriman, funder of the Harriman Alaska Expedition in 1899 and former president of the Union Pacific Railroad. Another of the Galton Society's supporters was Moses Taylor Pyne, a major benefactor of Princeton University, where the Osborn's attended, as well as President Woodrow Wilson.
The poem is about mountains and hills, tramping, health & rovings. It is not known if it is an original work or a copy of another's work.
12mo, xi, 355pp, (2), red cloth covers with gilt title on spine and front, map. Covers dusty, hinge starting, otherwise clean. Good + overall. Item #27462