The Deacon's Masterpiece or the Wonderful One-Hoss-Shay; A Logical Story. Oliver Wendell Holmes.

The Deacon's Masterpiece or the Wonderful One-Hoss-Shay; A Logical Story

Toledo, OH: Milburn Wagon Co. (printed by G.H. Dunston, Buffalo), 1893. Later edition. Soft cover, tied with cord. [8]p, 3 ills. to the poem + line ills. of Milburn Wagon Co.'s branch offices. Back cover shows a bird's-eye view of the firm's Toledo factory. Good (cover chipped, closed tear mended on the inside; internally very good). Item #30895

Reprints the popular poem (1st published in 1858) about the dramatic collapse of the deacon's 100-year old chaise. It has been interpreted as a parable of "a moment when the concrete world fell into chaos" (David Acton). Wonderful details of what goes into making a vehicle without any weak parts to break down one by one. Issued as a sort of keepsake by Milburn, with a personalized invitation to a visitor to "inspect any department in our works." Can be sent outside the US for less than the default shipping rate. A scarce survival.

Price: $35.00

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