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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New York: Harper & Brothers, 1903. Hardcover. Two folio bound volumes with all of Harper's Weekly issues for 1903. 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. Most of the covers continued having political cartoons. Many of the articles throughout the year were on automobiles, technology, and construction. There were weekly columns on "Americans of Tomorrow," and "Books and Bookmen ', and weekly appearances of cartoons by the well-known illustrator of the time Albert Levering. The technology articles are particularly interesting, on such topics as power from sunlight, American wireless technology, around the world in 40 days, lighting a metropolis (New York City), and Germany's suspended electrical train system. President Theodore Roosevelt received much coverage for his many activities outdoors and participating in sports such as horse jumping. He visited the West at Yellowstone, and other locations. The state of Georgia received special attention with many articles on their history and present along with descriptions of their large and small cities. It appears that there may have been supplements to the weekly issues that were not bound here. There is a several page supplement in the July 25 issue on the death of Pope Leopold XIII with several illustrations. Interesting illustrations included four page fold-out of the members of the Oliver Wendell Holmes Supreme Court, and another three page fold-out of Harper's authors that included Mark Twain, Henry James, Thomas Hardy, Mrs. Humphrey Ward, Robert W. Chambers and many others. There were just a few short but provocative items about lynching and about the increase of assaults by black men against white women and the theories why. Bound in black cloth with gilt titling to spine. The spine and corners are chipped and abraded as usual. Covers are slightly worn and rubbed. Interior pages are generally very good. Library reference sticker affixed to rear pastedown is the only indication of library ownership. There is a pagination anomaly, with the December 12 being numbered pages 3-77 with regular numbering resuming in the December 17 issue. Although not entirely, the December 12 issue focused on Christmas with several color illustrations. 2122 pages. PER/062223. Very Good.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1901. Hardcover. Scarce. Two folio volumes with all of the issues of the Weekly for 1901. 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. This was a year of important news. Wililiam McKinley was inaugurated as president in January. He was assassinated in September and Theodore Roosevelt was sworn in as president. There was of course extensive coverage, particularly in September of the assassination and funeral. Queen Victoria of England died in January after a reign of over 63 years. This was covered with several pages of illustrations plus a supplement was published in February in memorium of the Queen along with several articles about British Royalty. In February there was a ten page pictorial review of the Queen's heir, King Edward VII. January also brought the inauguration of the Australian commonwealth. Other notable events included the excavation of the New York subway and the excavation of the Panama Canal. The US took over control of the project in 1904 and continued to control the canal until 1977. There was continuing coverage of the country's new possessions as the result of the Spanish-American War, particularly the Philippines and Cuba. There were several noteworthy literary contributions. In January Harper's began serializing Emile Zola's Labor. There were eleven installments. Also appearing in January was a poem "To the XIX Century" by John Kendrick Bangs. Bangs was a frequent contributor and also served as the editor from 1899-1901. An interesting item was a "debate" between Bangs and Mark Twain on the topic "Is Philippine Policy Just?" Twain said yes and Bangs said no. There were 27 installments of thehistorical novel Cardigan by Robert W. Chambers. He was famously noted for his weird short stories that sometimes had elements of science fiction. Bound in black cloth with gilt titling to spines, which are sunned. Covers jave wear and there is chipping to corners and spine edges. Interior pages are generally very good, with a closed tear on pages 585-586 and an open tear at the top of pages 1255-1256. PER/61923. Very Good.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1857. A folio volume of the complete first year's issues of this influential periodical of the 19th and early 20th century. It is the first of an annual fascinating weekly publication of articles, serial novels, news, with numerous illustrations documenting the notable events in the United States and around the world. It includes the serialization of British novelists, including Wilkie Collins's "The Dead Secret," and a part of Edward Bulwer-Lytton's "What Will He Do With It," with a flattering biography of Bulwer-Lytton at the beginning of the first episode. "The Dead Secret" was published without author attribution but a publisher's note does acknowledge Collins on p. 161 of the June 4 issue. There is also the serialization of a Dickens short story, "The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices." Among other interesting items are a series of articles on travel in Bible lands; an article titled "Scenes in an American Harem, about Brigham Young and his wives; "Homes Exercises" for women; and much material about British India and the rebellion. The covers of this volume are missing, as is the spine. The first signature is detached, but the remainder of the volume remains intactly bound, albeit not very firmly. Early pages have dampstaining and sporadic foxing. There are several torn pages throughout, one page had been detached and glued in backwards, a cigarette burn on page 175. There is browning to all of the pages, not affecting legibility. Despite the condition issues, this is still an interesting and relatively scarce copy of the debut year of the publication. 828 pages. PER/053123. Good +.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1906-1907. Hardcover. Two folio bound volumes of Harper's Weekly issues for January - December 1906 and January - March 1907. It is a fascinating compilation of articles, serial novels, news, and numerous photos and illustrations documenting the notable events in the United States and around the world. The most extensive coverage in the first part of the year is given to the devastating San Francisco earthquake of April 18, 1906. It is ranked as one of the most significant earthquakes of all time by the U.S. Geological Survey. There is extensive coverage of the event over several issues with many photographs showing the magnitude of the extreme damage and articles describing the great number of casualties that the city experienced. There are also reports on the relief efforts to aid the lost and homeless. Among the many other interesting articles in the first volume are those on the pre-Revolution in Russia, the "modern" meatpacking industry, automobiles including automobiles and the law, the activities of President Theodore Roosevelt, H.G. Wells's Future of America series, and the Westminster Dog Show. The second volume with issues for August 1906 - March 1907 is noticeably more somber,with reporting more news, and with fewer illustrations and more photographs, although most of the covers feature political cartoons. The literary submissions are mainly from authors who are little known today. Interesting items include the 3/16/07 issue that is almost entirely about automobiles and related things like roads. There are many photographs of the cars of the times. Two articles reported on Japan's preference for peace with America (p. 298) and the US appropriation of $28 million for the build up of the Japanese navy. Other articles included one on the perils experienced by photographers in capturing the world's news (p. 230) and a lengthy one celebrating Longfellow's centenary. Bound in black pebbled cloth with gilt titling to the spine. Extensive chipping along the spine edges and tips of the covers. Rubbing and soiling. Decorated endpapers with tape reinforcement to the hinges. Text pages are clean and bright. Library sticker affixed to rear pastedown but no other evidence of library ownership. Overall in very good condition. Pages 4 - 1911. Heavy volumes requiring extra postage. PER/053123. Very Good.
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.
Ithaca: Andrus, Woodruff, & Gauntlett, 1843. Hardcover. Third Edition. A detailed account of Jefferson's life with much background on the history and founding of the American government. Full brown leather boards. Both joints are cracked and top inch of leather on spine has chipped off. Rubbing and pulling to leather along edges and hinges of boards. Wear to corners and edges leaving board exposed. Browning to spine. Binders tape to interior of rear hinge and repair to front hinge. Frontis of Jefferson. Browning and foxing to first and last few pages - with light spots of foxing throughout the interior. Clean and bright overall. A good reading copy. 267 pages. AME/080923. Very Good.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1882. Hardcover. This is a scarce bound folio volume of Harper's Weekly with all of the issues for 1882. It is a fascinating compilation of articles, serial novels, news, and numerous illustrations documenting the events in the United States and around the world. They offer an enthralling view of 19th century concerns and interests, down to the advertisements for products and services. There were no reports of cataclysmic events for the year other than the famous trial of Charles Guiteau for the shooting of President Garfield, leading to the president's death. But there were many interesting things to be written about. Items included a piece on the ostentatious and costly mansions built by members of the Vanderbilt family; research on the Zuni Indians; and flooding in the West and by the Mississippi River. The advertisements reflected the great interest in electricity, with ads for such items as an electric corset and a girdle, and an electric hairbrush. There were several notable deaths and funerals reported on, including Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Richard Henry Dana, and Guiseppe Garibaldi. To us, it was the death of Anthony Trollope, reported in the December 16 issue, and the serialization of his Kept in the Dark that was particularly noteworthy as he is one of our favorite authors. This is the last novel published while Trollope was alive. It was serialized from 5/27 to 10/7, about simultaneously with its appearance in England's "Good Words." Harper & Brothers published the book edition three weeks before it was published in England by Chatto & Windus (see the Heritage Bookshop Bibliography of Trollope, page 268). Bound in black cloth with gilt titling to spine, with some rubbing, bumping, and light soiling. Generally in very good condition, with a few loose or folded pages, and some dampstaining to margins starting on page 550. A nice compilation of that year's issues. 844 pages. PER/061423. Very Good.
Boston: Printed by Manning and Loring for S. Hall, W. Spotswood, J. White, Thomas & Andrews, D. West, E. Larkin, W.P. Blake, and J. West, 1795. Hardcover. Uncommon First Edition - issued without Washington's portrait. (Some copies in this edition were issued at a higher price with a portrait of Washington inserted. This was not one of those copies.) A fascinating collection of letters detailing Washington's personal experiences and concerns during the first few years of the American Revolutionary War. The last letter included in this first volume is from December 29th of 1776 and discusses his plans for a second crossing of the Delaware River and his worries about getting additional supplies for the troops. In an attractive modern binding from the 1980s in full brown leather with red and gilt title label to spine. Raised bands and gilt rules to spine. Minor rubbing and chipping to leather on front joint. Minor chipping and creasing to edges of a few early pages including title page. Scattered foxing, spots of soiling, and toning throughout interior. Includes 4 page preliminary 'advertisment' explaining permission and sources for the letters contained within. Binding ticket from 1986 laid in, although, the binder is not identified. 340 pages. AME/071923. Very Good.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1899. Two folio volumes contain the full number of issues for 1899. 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. This year's issues focused extensively on the conclusion of the Spanish-American War and the resulting acquisition several of new United States possessions, including Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines. There were continuing series titled "Our New Possessions" on the Philippines and Puerto Rico. Another continuing series was titled "Reconstruction of Cuba. There were also several pieces by Casper Whitney titled "Hawaiian-America." There was more coverage than in some years on Music and Drama, as well as on amateur sports, with many articles. In the second half of the year there was reportage on the Boer War, and the efforts to open a Nicaragua canal (to this day a canal through Nicaragua has not been successfully completed). The most important literary serialization was that of the dystopian science fiction novel When the Sleeper Wakes. It appeared from January 7 to May 6, with many striking illustrations. There was a little more use of color, with three full page advertisements for Ivory Soap and a four page Christmas supplement titled "How the Buccaneers Kept Christmas" by Howard Pyle Bound in black cloth with gilt spine titling. The covers are rubbed, bumped, and have chipping to the corners and spine ends. The pages are in very good condition save for a few tears, occasional spots and pages 355-358 being loose. There is a library sticker affixed to the rear pastedown but this is the only indication of library ownership. 1970 pages. PER/062123.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1868. Hardcover. A folio bound volume of Harper's Weekly issues for 1868. It is a fascinating compilation of articles, serial novels, news, numerous illustrations, documenting the events in the United States right after the end of the Civil War and notable events around the world. The issues for January 4 through August 8 have the serial publication of Wilkie Collins's wildly popular The Moonstone. In the August and September issues Harper & Brothers advertised their book edition of the novel, the first American edition of this work. There is also much coverage of the country's presidential election that year. Republican General Ulysses S. Grant, victor of the Civil War,ultimately defeated Democrat Horatio Seymour, who was the former governor of New York. There was also coverage of the Andrew Johnson impeachment and trial. There are also many political cartoons, a few with racist subjects. There are 2-3 pages of interesting advertisements at the end of each issue. Bound in black cloth with gilt titling to spine and light wear to corners and spine. Hinges are reinforced with black cloth tape. The interior pages are generally in very good condition with a few closed tears, aging, and minor foxing. The title page of the January 4 issue is missing. Misprinted date on March 4 weekly. A heavy volume requiring extra postage. Folio. 832 pages except for missing pages 1-2. PER/051523. Very Good.
Philadelphia: Thomas Parker Williams, 2019. A unique artist's book from noted book artist Thomas Parker Williams signed and dated by him. Williams began creating artists' books in 1998 while also painting. As of 2009 he has limited his art practice exclusively to artists' books. He often creates videos and composes music to accompany his books that may be found on his website (www.thomasparkerwilliams.com). Books by Williams or the Luminice Press imprint under which he and his wife Mary Agnes Williams issue books, may be found in over 70 public collections around the country including the Watson Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Paradise Lost is a compelling wordless narrative accompanied by original music that explores variations of loss in America, over time and in the present. Williams describes the meaning of his book in a passionate statement: "Starting with the forests where native peoples lived before Columbus, the book follows slavery as Africans are captured and forced to work on plantations owned by wealthy white men. Although many landowners lost their way of life after the Civil War, the anonymous power figures did not die, and continue to crush black, brown and white workers and families who are expendable. Finally, as we confront the reality of climate change, even the Earth itself is expendable. In the past four years America has further revealed its dark side. Blatant racism against black, brown and Asian citizens has become almost normal. However most of the perpetrators of these acts fail to realize that they are just pawns of the real power figures who care nothing for them and will throw them away when they are no longer needed....If America, or for that matter the rest of the world, ever wants to find 'paradise' again, we must realize that resources will have to be shared and all people will have to be respected. Otherwise, our lives will be enmeshed in constant conflict that will benefit no one except the anonymous power figures." The book is held in a custom hinged wood container with the title on a copper plate affixed to the cover. It measures 8.25 x 15.5 x 2 inches. There are 20 original black and white ink drawings that trace the history of the enslavement and misery imposed on indigenous peoples since their paradise was discovered centuries ago. There are mysterious figures on several of the drawings that represent the anonymous power figures. The drawings are done on 20 sheets of Twinrocker Da Vici Heavy Text handmade paper. The book is accordion bound, with each sheet measuring 7 x 14.75 inches that extend to 295 inches when the sheets are unfurled. There are two discs in envelopes affixed to a black paper cover: a DVD of the book's video and music made by the artist to accompany the book, as well as a CD of the music only. This original music was composed, performed and recorded by the artist. Housed in a custom clamshell gray cloth box. In fine condition. ARTB/051623. Fine.
Philadelphia: Thomas Parker Williams, 2023. Hardcover. Thomas Parker Williams lives and works in Philadelphia, PA, USA. His work includes handmade artist book editions, unique book works, printmaking, and painting. Some of his artist book editions contain an audio element – music or sound work – composed, performed, and recorded by the artist. Tom's artist books are in numerous private and public collections. This is a unique book signed by the artist in which he addresses the continuing issues in the United States surrounding race, terrorism, and insurrection. As he writes on his website: "From the antebellum South through the Klan, Jim Crow, police terrorism and violent insurrection, the hatred continues. Descendants is an artist book about America's past and present." In this powerful, wordless work, Tom traces this history with a series of acrylic ink and wash original drawings done in shades of brown, cream and white. There are six double sided panels on Strathmore acrylic paper, with each panel's drawing presenting an image representing a period of our sad history from the antebellum South and slavery, through the Civil War, the rise and terrorist activities of the Ku Klux Klan, and modern protests. This is an accordion bound book that measures 9 x 12 inches closed and opens to 72 inches. The dark orange cover is made with dry pigments in polyurethane and acrylic ink. The drawing with the United States and confederate flags is from a photograph by the artist. On his website, www.thomasparkerwilliams.com, there is a video of the book accompanied by the original music written by Tom for the book. The book is housed in a white wood and thin plywood case with a pinhole photograph by Mary Agnes Williams of an antebellum building. The case measures 13.5 x 10 x 1.25 inches. It in turn is housed in a white stiff paper folder. In fine condition. ARTB/051523. Fine.