Various · Chicago
THE BEST OF CLASSICAL AMERICAN HISTORICAL WRITING
Since Christmas 1903, The R. R. Donnelley printing company has given out a present of a fine book, handsomely printed, and bound in a size that encourages reading (great for travel, too). With a few exceptions of original publication, each is a reprint of a classic in 18th or 19th century American historical literature, each with the addition of a new, interpretive introduction.
The early subjects are wide-ranging, encompassing Benjamin Franklin's AUTOBIOGRAPHY and William Penn's FRUITS OF SOLITUDE, through presidential inaugurals and great American speeches, on into early Illinois and Chicago history. But then the bulk of the titles concern the advancing American frontier and Western history, military life, and experiences with the Indians – including personal memoirs, travels, and first-hand accounts. Most are classics in their fields.
The books are bound in various cloth colors in 25-year increments, green being the earliest and most difficult to find, with red, blue, and brown following. The latest is teal, began a new century with T. R. Roosevelt's ROUGH RIDERS. With the year 2019 the series has come to an end, with Edmonds' NURSE AND SPY IN THE UNION ARMY.
There is a wealth of fine American historical reading here, and this highly collectable set makes a handsome-looking addition to any library. A full title listing may be obtained upon request. The condition is very good to fine.
LAKESIDE CLASSICS. Chicago: The Lakeside Press, R. R. Donnelley & Sons, 1903-2019. 117 volumes; 4.5 x 6.75 inches each.Requires Additional Shipping. (Inventory #: LakesideSet2)