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, 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.
Mainz: Johann Schoeffer [Johannes Schöffer], 1532. Five leaves from the third German edition of Livy's Romische Historien. The printer, Johann Schoeffer, was the son of early German printer Peter Schoeffer and the grandson of Johann Fust, who was a financial backer of Johannes Gutenberg for the 42-line bible project. These handsome leaves are in German and printed in Gothic typeface. Each leaf has a large and finely executed woodcut to illustrate scenes of action and drama from Livy's famous history. There four line decorated initials marking a new paragraph or section. The leaves are generally in very good condition. The pages have browning along the margins and some spotting. One leaf has a small tear on its upper margin. There is light chipping along the page edges where they were removed from the book in which they were bound. The pages are numbered XCIX, CXLIX, CLXIII, CCCLII, and CCCLXVI. EPHEM/061223. 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.