Illustrated by F. Opper, of "Puck" New York and Chicago: Belford, Clarke & Co., 1884.
First Edition. Hardcover. 12mo. 320 pages. Frontispiece sketch of Nye. Illustrated. Brown illustrated cloth hardcover with title on the front cover and spine. Floral end sheets. Paper is browned. Inscription (possible relative?) on the recto of the frontispiece reads - "To my dear friend Mrs. Dunchee? From A. F. Nye." Very good. Item #18532
Bill Nye (Edgar Wilson Nye 1850-1896) was the founder and editor of the Laramie Boomerang. From Wyoming.org: Nye left Laramie in 1883, advised by doctors that he could not live at such a high altitude after being diagnosed a year earlier with spinal meningitis. Two of his books, Bill Nye and Boomerang (1881) and Forty Liars and Other Lies (1882), were published before Nye left town. Compiled mainly from Nye’s newspaper work in Laramie, they are what T.A. Larson regards as his funniest. A third volume, Baled Hay, (1884), which Nye is said to have clipped from the pages of the Boomerang’s office files just before he left, also drew from his Laramie newspaper work..