This 570 page book is a reprint of Kings of the
Platform and Pulpit. It was edited by Melville D. Landon and
copyrighted in 1893.
George Peck's contributions to this book included a two page "biography
and reminisces" as well as an eight page lecture to his "Brother
The David B. Clarkson Company published edition was printed
sometime after 1902. It appears that this publisher succeeded Clarkson
and Cooper, another Chicago publisher, at that time.
Clarkson was born in Alabama in 1876 and became the proprietor of David B. Clarkson in 1902.
In 1906 a book Masters of Mirth and Eloquence was published by
the Golden West Publishing Co., Seattle. I have not seen this book and
am unsure whether it is identical to Masters of Mirth or not. The fact
that both books have 570 pages makes it seem likely that they are the
Saalfield and Company also published an as of yet unseen book with the title Masters of Mirth and Eloquence.