Songs 'o the Olympics
Seattle: The Alice Harriman Co, 1909. B.C. Bubb. First Edition. INSCRIBED on ffep 'May some song 'o/mine linger in your/heart,/Alice Harriman' . Slim quarto; 70pp. Illustrated with 17 half-tones and drawings by B.C. Bubb. A Near Fine copy in publisher's 3/4 red cloth and paper-covered boards titled in gold and handsomely illustrated with Native American portraits and artifacts; harbor scene illustrated endpapers. Item #21256
Mary Alice Harriman was a poet, author, suffragist and publisher (the 1911 Who's Who in the Northwest called her the "only woman publisher in the world"). She published books in Seattle between 1907 and 1910, and in New York after that. Harriman was interested in Native American issues (reflected in the book's cover design and subjects of several poems in this book) and wrote the libretto for a 'suffrage vaudeville' to music written by composer and singer Mary Carr Moore. In later years Harriman became an authority on the California missions (David Starr Jordan pronounced her 'The world's foremost campanologist and authority on California mission lore') and regularly contributed articles on the subject to the Los Angeles Times.