$1,000 for the Most Beautiful Woman (Contest)
New York: Physical Culture Magazine, February 1921, page 54. Loose leaf page, 8 3/4 x 11 1/4". Tanned page, minor edge wear, otherwise very good condition.
In the February 1921 issue of Physical Culture Magazine, two contests appeared within pages of each other. One was the above described "$1,000 for the Most Beautiful Woman" contest. The other contest was "$1,000 for the World's Most Handsome Man". The winner of this contest was a young man called Angelo Siciliano, who later changed his name to Charles Atlas and became an icon of masculinity and fitness. Bernarr Macfadden, the publisher of Physical Culture Magazine was a very early proponent of the culture of health and fitness in America. He advocated for the abandonment of corsets as he thought they were detrimental to women's health. For the same reason, he thought that long and heavy voluminous skirts should be simplified to allow easier movement and more physical activity for women. He was an early advocate as well for birth control. So what seems like a sexist beauty contest, was in actuality a promotion for a newer kind of beauty - that of a physically fit and active woman.
Milwaukee, WI: Jo Anna Poehlmann, 1995. (14) pp. 2 3/16 x 2 3/16". LIMITED EDITION of 150 copies, this being #115. Stiff paper boards, accordion fold with ribbon tie, 17 postage stamps tipped in, in fine condition. (Bradbury, Poehlmann, 6)
A lovely book with stamps portraying the many faces of Santa Claus from many different countries.
100 Years in Yosemite. The Romantic Story of Early Human Affairs in the Central Sierra Nevada.
Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1931. 242 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/4"; First Edition. Pictorial dustjacket has price of $3.50 intact on front flap, some loss at the top of the spine and a minor amount at the bottom, some darkening of the spine, otherwise in near fine condition. Green cloth over boards with black lettering and decoration on spine, top edge slightly darkened, beautiful map endpapers, frontis design and plates reproducing photographs, helpful appendix, bibliography and index at rear, in fine condition.
Carl Parcher Russell was a field naturalist for the United States National Park Service who gathered an abundance of material regarding the human history of Yosemite through 1930, most of which came from the Yosemite Museum Library of Western Americana. The foreward is by Horace M. Albright, the Director of the National Park Service at the time of publication.
12 Canons of Conduct (Founding Fathers' Rule Books series)
Salisbury, CT: Lime Rock Press, 1985. 2 1/8 x 2 1/2". 64 pp. Blue paper wrappers, black lettering on cover along with facsimile signature, illustrated portrait on rear cover, printed by offset lithography, in fine condition. (Bradbury, Lime Rock 23)
Thomas Jefferson frequently wrote to his 13 grandchildren but especially to his 9-year old granddaughter Cornelia Jefferson Randolph. He sent her a handwritten book called "A Dozen Canons of Conduct in Life", which is reproduced in this miniature. All of these canons are still applicable today, such as "Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst and cold" or "When angry, count 10 before you speak; if very angry, 100".
12 Correspondence Notes by Edward Gorey for New York City Ballet
New York: New York City Ballet, (ca 1975). Boxed set of 12 correspondence note cards illustrated by Edward Gorey. Four designs and three cards of each design, along with 12 blank envelopes. Enclosed in red cardboard box which has been creased on one side, a clear plastic cover with a small tear, lid taped shut with what appears to be the original tape when it was sold, so never opened, very good condition. Cards are in fine condition. (Toledano p. 159).
Gorey was a huge fan of the George Ballanchine New York City Ballet. He had an almost perfect attendance for the years 1956 - 1983. He would give back to the ballet by designing items that they could sell, including cards and buttons.
13 Virtues and Precepts (Founding Fathers' Rule Books series)
Salisbury, CT: Lime Rock Press, 1985. 2 1/8 x 2 1/2". 64 pp. Tan paper wrappers, black lettering on cover along with facsimile signature, illustrated portrait on rear cover, printed by offset lithography, in fine condition. (Bradbury, Lime Rock 21)
Reproduced portions of Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography, this book demonstrates the 12 virtuous habits that Ben Franklin set out for himself as a young man. He practiced them daily. Later in life, a friend encouraged him to add "humility" as a 13th virtue and Ben did, although he said he didn't really perfect it, just the appearance of perfecting it. An inspirational read!
14 Rules of Civility (Founding Fathers' Rule Books series)
Salisbury, CT: Lime Rock Press, 1985. 2 1/8 x 2 1/2". 64 pp. Red paper wrappers, black lettering on cover along with facsimile signature, illustrated portrait on rear cover, printed by offset lithography, in fine condition. (Bradbury, Lime Rock 22)
Reproduced portions of George Washington's copybook, copied from Francis Hawkins' "Youth's Behaviour", this book demonstrates 14 of 110 items of advice written to young people. Much of this advice is still applicable today, such as "Be not hasty to believe flying reports to the disparagement of any one."
1940 A. D. Cartoons by Vaughn Shoemaker
Chicago: Chicago Daily News, Inc., 1941. Unpaginated. 8 x 9 1/2". LIMITED EDITION of 500, this being copy #1. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by author on ffep as a presentation copy, "To Roger Swanson with best wishes, Shoemaker". Cloth backed pictorial boards with gilt lettering on spine, some corner wear and small tear to half title page, previous owner's name on rear paste-down endpaper, in very good condition.
Vaughn Shoemaker (1902 - 1991), won the Pulitzer Prize twice for The Road Back in 1938 and Still Racing His Shadow in 1947. He was best known for his anti-Nazi propaganda. His famous character, John Q. Public, represented the beleaguered American taxpayer. In addition to his Pulitzer Prizes, he also won the National Headliners Award, eleven Freedom Foundation gold medals and an honorary degree from Wheaton College. All this from a man who was told (by an art director) when he was sixteen years old that he would "never become a cartoonist in a thousand years".
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Van Nuys, CA: Barbara J. Raheb, 1979. 40 pp. Approximately 15/16 x 5/8". LIMITED EDITION of 300 copies, this being #30. Gilt blue pyroxylin spine, marbled paper boards, illustrated, signed by the publisher. A fine copy. (Bradbury, Barbara J. Raheb, 139)
Originally published in a periodical from 1869 - 1870, the book was highly acclaimed then, as much as it is now. It is generally regarded as one of Verne's greatest works, along with Journey to the Center of the Earth and Around the World in Eighty Days. With some of the original illustrations by Alphonse de Neuville and Édouard Riou, this book was considered ahead of its time, as it described features on submarines which are accurate by modern standards but not present on the primitive vessels of Verne's time.
200 Decorative Title-Pages
New York: Dover Publications, 1964. Softcover, First Edition. Large trade paperback, stiff orange pictorial wraps, sunned spine, small puncture to right upper corner of front cover and free endpaper, some creases and tanning.
A lovely book that is concerned with decorative title-pages and covering all periods of the printed book with beautiful and valuable archive of type faces, designs and motifs.