Title: Galena Guide.
Publisher: City of Galena, [Galena]
Publication Date: 1937
Edition: 1st Edition
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 # 40191
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