New York: Harper & Brothers, Jan-June 1897. Hardcover. An uncommon bound folio volume of the weekly issues for January - June 1897. The issues 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 interesting view of the country's concerns and interests towards the end of the 19th century. Even the advertisements for products and services are quite interesting. As always, the weekly issues offered extensive coverage of U.S. politics and the year's most notable events, complete with a great number of illustrations.
News of significance included the inauguration of William McKinley in March (He was assassinated in September 1901); the dedication of the General Grant National Monument with Grant's tomb as his final resting place; the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria; and the Spanish American War. This was the year of the opening of the new Congressional Library, now known as the Library of Congress. Among the many illustrations is a marvelous 5 page fold-out with detailed drawings of the United States Navy (page 609), with the ships' names listed on the back, followed by a two page article on the American fleet. Also of interest - a full page advertisement for Pabst Beer (p. 324) extolling the many health benefits of consuming it. Bound in black cloth with quarter leather spine and tips. Leather is rubbed, worn, and chipped. Spine is torn and faded and detached along the rear hinge and rear board is partially detached from text block. Most of the pages are good, but there are many with tears, stains, and smudges. With "For Reference Only" sticker affixed to rear cover but no other evidence of library ownership. About good condition. 648 pages. PER/092723. Good +.