Indianapolis: The Bobbs-Merrill Company Publishers, 1922. Reprint of 1908 Vawter-Illustrated Edition. Decorated & gilt-stamped cloth. 8vo, original publisher's textured maroon cloth with gilt lettering on spine & front cover with ttitle/author/illustrator in gilt and elaborate rectilinear floral border, illustrated by Will Vawter with B&W glossy fontispiece, full-page plates, smaller chapter head & foot vignettes, archival polyester-protected pictorial dust jacket (unclipped) of two boys about to fish painted by Vawter, 187,  glossy pages. Fine / Near Fine. Item #6392
James Whitcomb Riley (1849 – 1916) was an American writer, poet, and best-selling author. During his lifetime he was known as the "Hoosier Poet" and "Children's Poet" for his dialect works and his children's poetry respectively.
His poems tended to be humorous or sentimental, and of the approximately one thousand poems that Riley authored, many are in dialect. From the mid-1880s, Riley was the nation's most read poet, a trend that accelerated at the turn of the century.
SONGS OF SUMMER Contains 65 poems; among them: "At Ninety in the Shade," "The Ballade of the Coming Rain," "The Fishing Party," "Down Around the River," "In Swimming Time," and "The Yellow Bird."
SCARCE in this SUPERIOR CONDITION internally & externally! Tight, bright, internally clean copy. Cloth is remarkably fresh and with minimal wear. The unclipped dust jacket has a lovely colored painting by Vawter of two boys getting ready to fish. The jacket has small nicks to the head of its spine, slight wear at corners, and light soil on its rear panel. Previous owner's small stamp on front free endpaper.