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    Sale 2461 | Lot 49
    Price Realized: $2,210With Buyer's Premium
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    • Sale 2461 Lot 49

      PUZZLING POEM FOR A YOUNG FRIEND EDISON, THOMAS A. Autograph Manuscript dated and Signed, version of a popular poem written for "Miss Quay" beginning "What's the social tree." 1 page, 8vo, board; small hole at upper right (not affecting text), faint scattered foxing. Np, 4 February 1902

      Estimate $1,000 - 2,000

      "Whats the social tree / and the dancing tree / and the tree that is nearest the sea / The dandiest tree / and the kissable tree / and the tree where ships may be . . . ."
      This poem was published on several occasions with slight variations including a lengthy version in the May 10, 1890 issue of Good Housekeeping. Each line of the poem is a kind of puzzle: the answer to the first line is 'Pear' or 'Tea' (as in a pair are enough for society, and tea is often served at social events); the answer to the second line is 'Hop.'

      Price Realized (with Buyer's Premium) $2,210