Galena Guide

(WORKS PROGRESS ADMINISTRATION -- Galena)

Published by City of Galena, 1937
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8vo. Black buckram with gilt spine lettering and original stiff blue pictorial wrappers bound in. 79pp. Frontispiece, illustrations, linoleum-block engravings, small color foldout map at rear. Very good. 1937 and 1967 non-authorial gift inscription on inner flyleaf. Tight, nice first edition of this Federal Writers' Project city guide, written largely and anonymously by a then-obscure starving young artist named Nelson Algren (1909-81), who went on to far greater fame as the "Poet of the Chicago Slums," author of "The Man with the Golden Arm" (1949) and other classic Chicago fiction. One of the most desirable of the WPA city guides. The Richard Delson plates are lovely, and the often-absent color map bears archival mend on verso and is clean and nice. For what it's worth, the building visible in the left foreground of the frontispiece was the first location of yours truly (Main Street Fine Books & Manuscripts). The ex-library markings in this sharp library rebind are discreet and few -- but ironically are those of the Galena public library. DYKES 81. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: Galena Guide
Publisher: City of Galena
Publication Date: 1937
Binding: Hardcover

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Galena, Illinois. Nelson Algren. WPA, Works Progress Administration
Published by City of Galena, Galena, IL (1937)
ISBN 10: 9333695443 ISBN 13: 9789333695442
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Book Description City of Galena, Galena, IL, 1937. Hardcover. Condition: Fair. First edition. 8vo, 79 + pages, with color folding map tipped-to rear free endpaper ( splitting at one fold); x-library with markings and pocket - from the Walnut, Illinois Community Library. A remarkable American Guides Series book, co-authored by Nelson Algren [ Bruccoli B2 ].while working for the WPA. Illustrated with photographs, and cuts by Richard Delson. NOTE: This copy is stamped in red on the title-page that it belonged to the Illinois WPA, District 1, out of Rockford, Illinois !. Seller Inventory # 5956

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WORKS PROGRESS ADMINISTRATION -- Galena)
Published by City of Galena, [Galena] (1937)
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Book Description City of Galena, [Galena], 1937. Paperback. 8vo. Stiff blue pictorial wrappers. 79pp. Frontispiece, illustrations, linoleum-block engravings, small color foldout map at rear. Very good. Mild wear to outer wrappers (only) and internally tight and near fine. A lovely first edition of this Federal Writers' Project city guide, written largely and anonymously by a then-obscure starving young artist named Nelson Algren (1909-81), who went on to far greater fame as the "Poet of the Chicago Slums," author of "The Man with the Golden Arm" (1949) and other classic Chicago fiction. One of the most desirable of the WPA city guides. The Richard Delson plates are simple but striking and powerful; the often-absent color map at rear is bright and handsome. For what it's worth, the building visible at left foreground of the frontispiece was the first location of yours truly (Main Street Fine Books & Manuscripts). Attractive copy. DYKES 81. Seller Inventory # 43271

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WORKS PROGRESS ADMINISTRATION -- Galena)
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Book Description City of Galena, [Galena], 1937. Paperback. 8vo. Stiff blue pictorial wrappers. 79pp. Frontispiece, illustrations, linoleum-block engravings, small color foldout map at rear. Very good. Bit of wear to wrappers and faint discoloration on rear wrapper (only). Tight, nice first edition of this Federal Writers' Project city guide, written largely and anonymously by a then-obscure starving young artist named Nelson Algren (1909-81), who went on to far greater fame as the "Poet of the Chicago Slums," author of "The Man with the Golden Arm" (1949) and other classic Chicago fiction. One of the most desirable of the WPA city guides. The Richard Delson plates are simple but striking and powerful, and the often-absent color map is in clean, lovely condition. For what it's worth, the building visible in the left foreground of the frontispiece was the first location of yours truly (Main Street Fine Books & Manuscripts). A sharp copy. DYKES 81. Seller Inventory # 37518

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