Chicago: Globe, 1893-1894. First Edition. Wrappers. 32 vols. 1st edition. A complete set in wrappers, sold sequentially by subscription (each priced 25 cents). 528 pages with ca. 500 superlative printed photographs of every exhibit and building. Part 1 has corner chips, a number, and 2 perforation stamps, part 32 with the wrappers neatly reattached, the other 30 are near fine, and you’ll need a lean dog for the long hunt to find another. Bound copies are more common than blame, and they’re later, despite descriptions with the same (or wrong) date that don’t say they are later. And take note. My relentless tirades against widespread antiquarian bookselling nonsense are not frenzies of moralism. They advocate a partnership between language and truth. Near fine. Item #503
The World’s Fair (The Columbian Exhibition) came to Chicago in 1893 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the new world. The layout and communal areas were designed by Daniel Burnham and Frederick Olmsted after Beaux Arts (French neoclassical) principles, then built on 600 acres, with canals, lagoons, and pavilions from 46 countries, and it had a profound and lasting impact on American Arts and Architecture. 27 million visitors attended over its 6 months, far exceeding, in scope and grandeur, any previous World’s Fair, a statement of emerging American exceptionalism.