(1905) · New York
From an influential muckraker, a novel on corruption in American politics. David Graham Phillips (1867–1911) was an American novelist and investigative journalist known for his "Treason of the [U.S.] Senate" series of articles published in Cosmopolitan, which influenced the ratification of the 17th Amendment to the Constitution. His novels often commented on social and political issues and drew from his real-life journalistic experiences. This later printing features => four black and white illustrations (including the frontispiece) by E.M. Ashe.
Binding: Publisher's grey cloth with light and dark blue lettering on spine and front board, decorated with images of a plum tree (get it??) growing dollar signs stamped in light blue, dark blue and ochre. The cream dust jacket bears the same design with green decorations and lettering. => Signed by Rome K. Richardson.
BAL 15961 (for first ed.); Minsky, Art of American Book Covers, p. 93. Bound as above, with age-toned and chipped dust jacket having small tears along edges and larger tears at joints and fore-edges, bottom two inches of spine detached but present. Volume with small tear at spine-head, extremities of boards bumped; a handful of leaves with creased corners and bumping to fore-edges (not margins), and wrinkling to p. 383 that appears to have occurred during printing. => A rather nice copy, seemingly uncommon in the dust jacket. (Inventory #: 37904)