San Francisco: Paul Elder and Company (Printed by Taylor, Nash & Taylor), (1913). First Edition. Hardcover. Octavo size, 212 pp., inscribed by John Barry to Lincoln Steffens. Near fine. Item #21070203
A series of essays which, per the sub-title, deal "mainly with aspects of everyday living from a point of view less controversial than inquiring and suggestive". Each essay is relatively short and contain some timeless insights.
Inscribed on the first flyleaf thus: "Lincoln Steffens / from his friend / John D. Barry / 1913". Interestingly, Lincoln Steffens (1866-1936) was likely the polar opposite of the author. An investigative journalist who was (per Wiki) "one of the leading muckrakers of the Progressive Era". Steffers visited early Soviet Russia in 1919 and was a proponent of their societal re-structuring, saying "I have seen the future, and it works."
This one of the Paul Elder books printed by Taylor, Nash and Taylor; John Nash, of course, being the San Francisco publisher extraordinaire in the early part of the twentieth century.
___DESCRIPTION: Bound in quarter light brown cloth with brown paper over boards, copper and black lettering on the front, vignette on the front of books, scrolls and hour-glass, black lettering on the spine, top edge stained brown, fore-edge rough-cut, bottom edge uncut, brown endpapers, inscription as set forth above in brown ink, title page in red and black; octavo size (8 3/4" by 5 7/8"), pagination: [i-xii] xiii-xvi, 1-196.
___CONDITION: Volume is near fine, with clean boards, straight corners without rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean, and entirely free of prior owner markings; some very light, scattered marks to the binding, the copper lettering somewhat rubbed and oxidized, the interior uniformly toned, and some dustiness to the text block edges.
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