San Francisco: Samuel Levinson, 1915. Corbett, Bertha. Hardcover. Octavo size, 99 pp. Fine / very good +. Item #18080307
"What We Saw at Madame World's Fair" is the story of two sisters at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in 1915. This world's fair was held in San Francisco, California, and featured such dazzling attractions as the Tower of Jewels, the Fountain of Energy, and the Palace of Fine Arts, along with many others, which are described from the sisters' perspective in the book, in the form of letters they write back home. This volume provides a charming view of the fair told in the endearing voice of the sisters Jane and Ellen, accompanied by photographs of the fair, tipped in, with added colour.
Included also are lovely black line drawings by Bertha Corbett, illustrator of the widely popular "Sunbonnet Babies" books; Corbett brings a tangible joy to the story with her depictions of the sisters and their encounters at the world fair.
___DESCRIPTION: Full rose paper, title and ruled border in gilt with coloured photograph of the Tower of Jewels on the front board, gilt lettering on the spine, fore- and bottom edges uncut, endpapers with light green illustrations by Bertha Corbett, a few signatures unopened, frontispiece a coloured photograph of a statue with the name "Wild Flower", eight tipped-in coloured photographs of attractions at the fair throughout, black line drawings by Corbett throughout; octavo size (9.5" by 7.25"), pagination: [i-ii] iii [iv] v-vii [viii] 1-86. In a pictorial dust jacket with title in black on the front and back panel, and identical descriptions of the book on the front and back flaps with the original price.
___CONDITION: A fine copy; the covers clean, the corners straight and unrubbed, the binding tight with solid hinges, the interior clean and bright, and free of prior owner markings; some slight age-toning to the free endpapers, and very faint offsetting to the pages opposite the photographs, else fine. The dust jacket is almost near fine, unclipped, clean overall with light toning, minor overall edge-wear, a small triangular piece torn from the jacket but still present at the top of the front panel, and some loss to the head of the spine, without loss of text.
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