New York: Harper & Brothers, 1900. Hardcover. Two folio bound volumes with all of Harper's Weekly issues for 1900. They are a fascinating compilation of articles, events, news, and numerous illustrations documenting the events in the United States and around the world. They offer an enthralling view of the country's concerns and interests at the beginning of the 20th century. Even the advertisements for products and services are quite interesting. There was ongoing coverage throughout the year of the presidential competition between William McKinley and William Jennings Bryan. McKinley won but was assassinated in September, 1901, making his vice-president, Theodore Roosevelt the president. Other events garnering extensive coverage included the Boer War, the Boxer Rebellion in China, the Paris Exhibition, the Galveston Flood, and the country's new possessions from the Spanish-American War. Unlike many previous years, there was little notable fiction. Rudyard Kipling contributed an article on witchcraft and a poem titled "The Young Queen;" a non-fiction article about a dog by Jack London; and a short story by Theodore Dreiser. Mark Twain was fêted in December by a cover portrait by William Nicholson, a photograph from a dinner in his honor given by the Aldine Club, and an amusing piece about a supposed surprise party for Twain given by his books' characters, written by his great friend William Dean Howells. Bound in black cloth with gilt titling and date to spine. Volume covers have tears and chipping to corners and spine. The interior pages are very good with occasional stains and minor tears. A full page illustration at the end of the November 10 issue is loose. The covers of most issues are printed using color and there are several color illustrations. The two volumes are continuously paginated for a total of 1276 pages. There are two places with skipped numbers (p. 212-213 and p. 471-472), and repeated pages 259-260 after page 260. These are heavy volumes that will require extra postage. PER/061423. Very Good.
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Paris: Librairie Guillaumin et Cie, 1890. Hardcover. Ex-libary with stamps to title pages and evidence of stickers removed from spines. Volume I is 588 pages plus large, color fold-out map; Volume II is 619 pages; Volume III is 597 pages; Volume IV is two parts bound together - 244 plus 408 pages. Very Good.
Philadelphia: Thomas Parker Williams, 2021. A unique artist's book from this noted book artist. Thomas Parker Williams began creating artists' books in 1998 while also painting. As of 2009 he has limited his art practice exclusively to artists' books. In that year he also began collaborating with his wife, photographer Mary Agnes Williams. In 2013 they started Luminice Press, incorporating letterpress printing into artists' books and broadsides. The artists' books draw on a range of conceptual sources in creating their books, including mathematics, music, literature, theology, philosophy, astronomy, natural sciences, and Eastern thought. Books by Williams or the Luminice Press may be found in over 70 public collections around the country including the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A statement by Thomas Parker Williams about this powerful production addressing events during the former president's administration: "In October 2020 I started making what I called “The Date Paintings” about events connected with the Presidential election. Most were made with watercolor, inks and dry pigments in alkyd medium on paper, some adding colored pencil. The eight paintings were created quickly, either on or shortly after the date lettered on the piece. As events progressed, I continued this series, completing the last one on January 13, 2021, the date of Trump’s second impeachment. Thinking about these nine original illustrations at the end of 2021, I decided that they should be bound together. I made a title page with the same materials as the other paintings. The cover, depicting a shattered window, is black paper over Davey board with polycarbonate and paper onlay". In fine condition. Measures 14.2 x 20.5 x 1.0 inches closed. Unpaginated. Fine.