Anaconda: Standard Publishing Co., 1897. First edition. Hardcover. Folio. (5) 256pp. Original cream cloth with gilt lettering on cover and spine. Beveled edges. Gilt edges. Decorative endpapers. Frontispiece photograph. Decorative title page. A record of the faces and achievements of those who have affected nineteenth century history.
This photo-gallery of prominent American men and women features 44 women and 213 men. Indicative for the time, women included in this volume, with the exception of Frances Folsom Cleveland, the wife of President Grover Cleveland, distinguished themselves mostly in the fields of literature, journalism, and education, e.g. Ella Wheeler Wilcox, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Mary Ashton Rice Livermore. Two in the field of art, e.g the sculptor Harriet Hosmer and the master etcher Blanche Dillaye. Susan B. Anthony and Mary Livermore are best known for her roles in the women's suffrage and the abolitionist movement.
The men honored in this volume are mostly politicians, e.g William McKinley, Governor of Ohio, President Grover Cleveland, clergymen like Robert Collyer or Archbishop Patrick John Ryan, financial or railway tycoons like Cornelius Vanderbilt and George Mortimer Pullman, military generals like John McAllister Schofield, publishers like Joseph Pulitzer, inventors like Thomas Alva Edison, writers like Mark Twain, and so on. Descriptive text and photographs framed in peach. Binding with some staining along edges, light chipping and rubbed. Some light fraying of spine at head and tail. Binding in overall good-, interior in very good condition. g- to vg. Item #44261