Edwin Markham (1852-1940). American poet. Born in Oregon, he moved to northern California while a child. Markham taught in El Dorado county and became the school superintendent of the county before becoming principal of a school in Oakland, CA. He was a noted poet. Markham read his poem The Man with the Hoe in 1898 at a public reading. His most famous poem was Lincoln, the Man of the People, which was chosen to be read at the dedication of the Lincoln Memorial.
Ray F. Coyle (1885-1924). American artist and muralist. Born in Iowa, he moved to Oakland, CA as a child. He received a degree from Princeton and from the University of Edinburgh. Coyle also designed the seal for the City of Austin, TX.
Unpaginated. The covers are gray with a paste-on title on the spine. Frontispiece portrait of Edwin Markham done by Roy F. Coyle, who also did the decorative borders on the pages. Tipped-in photograph of L'homme à la houe by Jean Francois Millet. The photograph was taken by Charles Peter Gabriel Moulin (1872-1945), well-known California photographer.