Chicago: John J. M'Kenna, 1918. First Edition. Cloth. 8vo. Green cloth with black embossed text and illustration on front cover. Many photographic plates. 246 pp.
Light staining on spine and front cover. Header and footer of spine a little scuffed. Small stain on top of text block. "SOLD" stamp and inscription by author on front free endpaper.
This is a signed book of humorous anecdotes from turn-of-the-century Chicago politics. McKenna and his unofficial "Sun Worshipers Club" were political movers and shakers who met each week on the sunny side of McKinley Park on Chicago's south side to discuss current affairs, make speeches, and hold debates. This collection of stories, privately printed for members of the club, is a fascinating look into the lighter side of Chicago's thoroughly corrupt political structure, just two years before some of these same jolly characters would enter the infamous "smoke-filled room" and arrange for Warren G. Harding to become President of the United States in 1920. Very good. Item #1124