Frank Leslie's Illustrated Historical Register of the Centennial Exposition 1876
by Norton, Frank, ed; Frank Leslie
New York: Frank Leslie's Publishing House, 1877. First edition. Hardcover. Two profusely illustrated folio volumes (almost 800 woodcuts) on the American Centennial exposition held in Philadelphia, the first volume being an original salesman's copy which records the names of subscribers (most from New York City, lower Manhattan) and their addresses in manuscript. The 3 1/2 pages of subscribers' names are dated from September 3, 1876 through Dec. 1, 1876; there is a laid down price label at the top of each page, adjusting the price to fifty cents per part.The Centennial Exposition boasted industrial exhibits from 37 nations displayed in 250 pavilions. It was the first official World's Fair in the United States and gave the nation an important opportunity to display its progress to the world.Elephant folios, chromolithograph illustrated half titles. Volume I with large folding panoramic bird's eye view of Fairmount Park, Philadelphia (roughly 43 x 16"), 64pp, subscribers' record [3pp]; Volume II: folding panorama City of Philadelphia (roughly 30 x 22"), 324pp, woodcuts throughout, color plates (flags of world). Volume I bound in medium brown gilt and black stamped cloth, no title at spine. Cloth rubbed at corners, a few splits in cloth at spine ends. Folding bird's eye view a bit ruffled with clean tear, creased from misfolding, as would be expected in a salesman's copy. Volume I otherwise good + condition.Volume II in terra cotta gilt and black stamped cloth, gilt title at spine. Cloth rubbed at spine & a bit marked; inner hinge cracked but holding. Previous owner name at ffep, panorama of City of Philadelphia has closed tear, otherwise in very good condition on clean crisp paper. Volume II very good overall.
(Inventory #: 22249)
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