World's Fair Louisiana Purchase 1904 Expo lot x 9 Illustrated souvenir bookletsBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
[World's Fair- St. Louis 1904- Louisiana Purchase International Exposition].
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Individual loose issues still in the publishers decorative wrappers like this are all quite uncommon/ scarce.
The Forest City, Official Series, St. Louis, 1904.
Lot of nine (9) different original Louisiana Purchase World's Fair pictorial souvenir booklets, each containing 16 full page views (total of 146 images).
Each issue a random assortment of offset b&w photographic images, all directly related to the grounds, buildings, people and exhibits currently held there. A profusion of views and interesting plates, essentially a picture book record with captions below each image explaining it.
Issues remain overall clean and well preserved, many covers detached or loose, yet each cover is beautiful and a work of art in itself, strongly reminiscent of Mucha Art Nouveau style.
Issues contained in lot are:
Vol. 1. No. 2. April 21st.
Vol. 1. No. 4. May 5th.
Vol. 1. No. 7. May 26th.
Vol. 1. No. 13. July 7th.
Vol. 1. No. 14. July 14th.
Vol. 1. No. 15. July 21st.
Vol. 1. No. 16. July 28th.
Vol. 1. No. 19. Aug. 18th.
Vol. 1. No. 20. Aug. 25th.
Books measure: 11 1/8" H X 13 1/2" W.
Findling, Historical Dictionary of World's Fairs and Expositions, 1851-1988, pp.178-186. Excellent summary of this Exposition with bibliography.