Moore, NY: 1869. Hardcover. A subscriber's bound edition, the weekly issues having been bound into this volume. Large folio volume for 1869, 51 weekly issues, with much fascinating Americana, including a series of essays on Mormons, women's suffragists, grape growing (p281, 293 & 309), a proposed elevated railway in New York City (p285), and important contemporary events including attitudes towards the Chinese.
The Mormon series is entitled, "The Mormons: Pen and pencil Sketches Illustrating their Early History, by A. W. Cowles (p13, 31 col. inches). The second article concerns early members Martin Harris and Sidney Rigdon, (illustrated with portrait of Rigdon and "A Mormon Baptismal Scene by Moonlight". P61, 39 col. inches), and the third examines the origin of the Book of Mormon (illustration "Sacrifice of a Black Sheep". P189, 37 col. inches).
The woman suffragists series describes the women lecturers speaking on women's rights including Kate Field, Anna Dickinson, Lucy Stone, Elizabeth and Emily Blackwell, Antoinette Brown Blackwell, Mary Livermore, Olive Logan, Madame d'Henricourt and Lucretia Mott. Illustrated with portraits of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Miss Susan B. Anthony (p365 & p703).
Also, a very interesting defense of the Chinese given prevailing attitudes in 1860s America, which acknowledges the derogatory opinion of the Chinese but nevertheless extols Chinese accomplishments: "The Chinese have doubtless been too severely judged by Americans and Europeans". The article commends the Chinese economy ("China has no national debt"), agriculture, arts and universal education. It is signed L.L. (p397).
The issues contain instructive essays and engraved illustrations on a range of topics including farm and rural life, tools, agriculture (a series of 3 essays titled "Eminent Farmers", which includes an essay on George Washington with illustration of Mt. Vernon (p549); an essay on General Israel Putnam with illustrated with 5 vignettes of his activities in the Revolutionary War; and an essay on Nathaniel Greene), p365, 703, 797; horticulture (for example, green houses in Bergen, NJ, p501), rural industry (manufacture of bicarbonate of soda, "How Soda is Made" pp445), architecture (Cottages for Working Men, p281), American scenery ("The Traveler": half page illustration of the Great Shoshone Falls, Idaho Territory) p637, & Echo Canyon, Utah Territory with half page illustration Hanging Rock, p573), and important events (The World's Progress: The Suez Canal - its Promoter) by Ferdinand de Lessups; and the Chinese and a Liberal View.
Complete to the 25th December, with the first page present, the rest of the issue missing.
Large folio, 822pp. Three quarter brown leather and blue marbled boards, title in gilt at spine. Boards rubbed, spine perished, loose in covers. Title page and prelims torn and ruffled with some loss. The balance intact. OCLC: 10583186. Good - condition. Item #24167