Parrish, Maxfield; Jessie Willcox Smith, Harrison Fisher, Frederick Remington et al (cover illustrations).
New York. P. F. Collier & Son. 1903 and 1905.
Bound volume of NON CONSECUTIVE issues of Collier's magazine 10 3/4 x 15 3/4 inches, marbled paper boards with leather spine and corners; wear to covers with loss to head and tail of spine, front board just starting to come loose; magazines generally in good or better condition with mailing label affixed in upper area of front covers and very soft horizontal mailing crease (in most instances not visible); toning to endpapers and previous owner's name in pencil on front free endpaper. Back covers have NOT been bound in. The magazines are profusely illustrated in black and white with color covers featuring issues of the magazine from 1903 (November through December) and, in 1905, weekly issues (January through April) not bound in chronological order. The issues for 1903 appear to be of two sorts: either weekly or monthly. The weekly features a date beneath the Collier's name on the front cover, whereas text for the monthly states "The Household Number for..." followed by a given month. The issues are overall in very good clean condition, with paper loss to just a single page, taped damage to another (November 21, 1903), some large spots and short tear to the Maxfield Parrish cover (January 7 1905 issue). Other issues in very good clean condition, with a very occasional crinkle or light soiling to a random page. Number of pages per issue varies between 20 and 30. An unusual collection providing a fascinating glimpse into American life and society of the early 20th century, its politics, current events, society and art. Of particular political/social interest is a profile of Theodore Roosevelt by Norman Hapgood (1-7-05) and Roosevelt taking the Oath of Office (3-18-05). There is also extensive coverage of world events detailed in text and photos: Russia's Czar, the Russo-Japanese War, the Beginnings of the Panama Canal, a double-page birds-eye view of Port Arthur by Charles Graham with text focusing on the Russian/Japanese conflict (1-14-05), "Russia in Convulsion" featuring a full page photo of the Czar and his Officers (2-4-05), The Narva Gate, St. Petersburg, where 100s of protesters were shot down (2-25-05), An Uncle Remus story ("Brother Rabbit and Miss Nancy") by Joel Chandler Harris (2-25-05), Conflict between Russia and Japan at Port Arthur ends (3-4-05). Cover art features the work of well-known artists of the era including Maxfield Parrish, Frederic Remington, Charles Dana Gibson, Jessie Willcox Smith, Harrison Fisher, Edward Penfield, F. X. Leyendecker, and others and "An Appreciation" by Owen Wister (3-18-05) of Frederic Remington. Of considerable interest is the presence of Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective, Sherlock Holmes, represented in the magazine by three separate stories with stunning color covers of the detective by F.D. Steele: "The Adventures of the Norwood Builder" (10-31-1903), "The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist" (12-26-1903), "The Adventure of the Second Stain" (01-28-1905). Extensive advertising captures the remarkable transportation innovations of the period: dirigibles, automobiles, motor cycles. A scarce bound volume featuring uncommon copies of the current-events themed magazine dating from the early 20th century. Item #55262