New York: Harper and Brothers, 1868-1869. Three-quarter leather bound. [FASHION]. Folio (16 ¼” x 12”); 832pp; three-quarter leather on brown pebbled cloth over board; peach endpapers; three bookplates on the front pastedown, two belonging to O.N. Bradbury dated “Feb. 7, ‘72” and “1874,” and one “Drs. Bradbury and Bradbury Physicians and Surgeons 1886;” one uncut leaf (pp349-352); remains of horizontal mailing fold; copies retain the mailing address of “157 Bradbury ER 113” on small yellow labels affixed to the first page; scuffing to boards with loss, front and rear hinge paper cracked but hinges holding tight, a few internal spots, one page with old tape repair; on the whole clean and bright; very good plus. . Very good +. Item #1461
Mary Louise Booth (1831-1889) was the self-educated first editor of Harper’s Bazar from its inception in 1867 until her death in 1884. Now named Harper’s Bazaar, it is considered to be the first fashion magazine published in the United States. The hefty annual price for the weekly editions was $4.00 “in advance,” a sum equal to more than $80.00 in today’s economy. Filled with fashion, patterns, needlework illustrations and instructions, two full leaves of folded patterns printed on tissue paper are bound in, house decorations and discussions on furniture, draperies, and accessories. Additionally, there are feature stories, poems, articles on current events, cartoons (many acerbic in nature), merchant advertisements, and both full-page and center-fold illustrations by noted artists. The cartoonist and caricaturist Thomas Nast (1840-1902) was associated with the magazine from 1859-1860 and 1862-1886. Famous artists illustrating for the publication include Arthur Lumley (1837-1912). An illustrator and painter, like Nast he was educated at the National Academy of Design and in later life a founder of the Society of American Painters in Water Colors. (NYTimes Sept 28, 1912 obituary). Gustave Doré (1832-1883), another illustrator, was a French artist who primarily worked in wood engraving in France and England. After his death he was awarded the Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur. Three large, dramatic illustrations by Doré appear in the December 18 edition to illustrate the story of Little Red Riding-Hood. Slightly more hair-raising than our present day, child-friendly version, this telling of the story ends with the wolf devouring Grandmother and Riding-Hood. A scarce and detailed full-page engraving titled “The First Glance at the Christmas Tree” appears on page 8.