New York: M. Witmark & Sons, (1904). 1st edition (Russo, p. 64-67). ASSOCIATION COPY, with the SIGNATURE of the stage manager George Marion to the ffep, as well as the tipped-in wrapper cover. 154 pp. 10-7/8" x 8-1/2". Specially bound in flexible maroon leather with gilt stamped title lettering to spine. AEG. Floral patterned-paper eps. Rubs to binding extremities. Original trade publication front wrapper affixed to front paste-down. A solid VG copy. Item #33318
Ade "was an American writer, syndicated newspaper columnist, and playwright who gained national notoriety at the turn of the 20th century with his 'Stories of the Streets and of the Town', a column that used street language and slang to describe daily life in Chicago, and a column of his fables in slang, which were humorous stories that featured vernacular speech and the liberal use of capitalization in his characters' dialog.
After Ade's newspaper columns went into syndication in 1900, he began writing plays. His first play produced for the Broadway stage was The Sultan of Sulu, a comic opera about the American military's efforts to assimilate natives of the Philippines into American culture. Written in 1901 with composer Nathaniel D. Mann and lyricist Alfred George Whathall, it was produced on Broadway in 1902. His other works for Broadway include Peggy from Paris (1903), a musical comedy; The County Chairman (1903), a piece about small-town politics; The Sho-Gun (1904), a musical set in Korea; and The College Widow (1904), a comedy about college life and American collegiate football. Sho-Gun was one of 3 plays (The College Widow, The Sho-Gun, and The County Chairman) Ade had appearing simultaneously on Broadway in 1904." [Wiki].