New York: Harper & Brothers, January - December 1898. Hardcover. Two folio bound volumes of Harper's Weekly issues for January - December 1898. They are a fascinating compilation of articles, serial novels, news, and numerous illustrations documenting the notable events in the United States and around the world. There was extensive coverage of the Spanish-American War from its beginning in July through its end in December. Copiously illustrated with illustrations and photographs of the war's events. Prior to that the issues from the first part of the year reported extensively about military activities and events in Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Philippines. Carl Schurz, the German-born stateman and journalist wrote a by-lined article each week from January through April on important issues such as why the US should not restricti immigration, primary election reform, and the future of the war in Cuba. The dystopian fantasy novel, Red Axe, by S.R. Crockett was serialized from January through June. The serialization of The Awkward Age by Henry James began in October. A story by Stephen Crane was serialized over two issues. He died two years later in 1900. And notable for us is the obituary of the great Pre-Raphaelite artist Edward Burne-Jones on pages 651-652. There are several full page color illustrations; two maps of the South China sea and the North Atlantic showing European colonial possessions identified by the country's flag; two pages showing US navy uniforms; an advertisement for Ivory Soap; and a double page spread with a color reproduction of a Howard Pyle painting. There is a supplement in May with a four page biography of statesman and former prime minister William E. Gladstone. With many advertisements in each issue reflecting the interests and products of the time. Bound in black cloth with gilt titling to spine. Fairly extensive chipping along spine and to the corner's of the covers. Decorated endpapers. The January-June volume is generally very good with occasional spots and a few closed tears to the margins along the fore-edge. The front hinge of the July-December issue is cracked and the cover of the issue for July 2 is partly detached. Otherwise also generally very good. Light aging to pages and occasional spots. A library sticker is affixed to the rear pastedowns of both volumes but no other evidence of library ownership. These are heavy volumes that will require extra postage. Pages 2 -1304. PER/053023. Very Good.
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Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1870. Hardcover. 8vo. The uncommon FIRST AMERICAN EDITION. This was to be Rossetti’s last attempt at fiction. The title story, Commonplace, was a Jane Austen-like work of satirical social observation and commentary. It was the tale of three parentless sisters and their paths to marriage or another fate. It was published May 5, 1870, and was not well-received, unlike her earlier poetical works. Bound in original green publisher’s cloth with gilt title and author to spine. Very good plus except for wear to top and bottom of spine and bumping to board corners. Dark brown endpapers. There is light spotting to front endpapers, title page and contents page as well as to fore-edges, otherwise the interior is clean and bright. Some pages have very light creases to upper right margins. An extremely nice copy of Rossetti’s last fictional work. 329 pages plus 5 pages of ads. PRERAPH/102407. Very Good +.
[London]: . Rare. This is a single leaf, with the poem dated "D.G.R. 1859" below the text. The sonnet was printed as part of the proof process for Rossetti's Poems, published in April 1870. Rossetti decided not to include the poem after all because of its erotic nature and reference to prostitution. Thus the poem was written in 1859 but not published until 1904, many years after Rossetti's death. William Michael Rossetti, in his Bibliography of Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1904) considers this as a separate item of importance. There are only four copies in Worldcat (Lilly, Princeton, Texas, and Huntington). Two tiny chips on right side of page else in very good condition. Although there is no evidence with this item of its provenance, it is supposedly from the collection of William E. Fredeman, the Pre-Raphaelite bibliographer and collector. PRERAPH/120114. Very Good.