Life and Poems
by John H. Bryant
Signed and Inscribed to Arctic Explorer E.B. Baldwin
Streeter & Co, Illinois, 1899. Sm8vo, pp. 235. 3 Full-page back-and-white photographic plates with original tissue guards. Publisherâ€™s quarter ivory cloth with floral and gilt covered boards; top page edges gilt, bright gilt decorations and titles on spine. Slight wear only to extremities of front boards, internally with strong un-cracked hinges and no foxing, folds or tears. An attractive and excellent copy in near fine condition.
Ninety-five poems and hymns written by John Bryant, a Mayflower descendant who moved to Illinois in 1831 where he was active in politics and was appointed by Abraham Lincoln to be an internal revenue collector.
Book is inscribed to Arctic explorer, American meteorologist and lecturer Evelyn Briggs Baldwin who was born in Springfield, Missouri on July 22, 1862 to Elias Briggs and Julia C. Crampton Briggs. He died in Washington, D.C. after being struck by a passing motorist on OctoberÂ 26, 1933. From 1892 â€“ 1900 he was a member of the United States Meteorological office. During the years 1898-99 acting as second in command, he accompanied Walter Wellmenâ€™s first American polar expedition to the Canadian archipelagos. During this expedition he discovered and explored Graham Bell Island. In 1901, he became the leader of a North Pole expedition funded by W. Ziegler, an American millionaire. He later became a famous lecturer and also held a post in the U.S. Government from 1918 â€“ 1933.