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CENTENNIAL PORTFOLIO: A Souvenir of the International Exhibition at Philadelphia, Comprising Lithographic Views of Fifty of Its Principal Buildings, with Letter-Press Description

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CENTENNIAL PORTFOLIO: A Souvenir of the International Exhibition at Philadelphia, Comprising Lithographic Views of Fifty of Its Principal Buildings, with Letter-Press Description

by Westcott, Thompson

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Philadelphia: Thomas Hunter, 1876. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. The first exposition of its kind in the United States, the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition was held in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. Ten years in the planning, it cost more than $11 million and covered more than 450 acres of Philadelphia's Fairmount Park. President Ulysses S. Grant opened the exposition on May 10, 1876, and over the next six months more than 10 million people viewed the works of 30,000 exhibitors. Unquestionably the focal point of the exposition was Machinery Hall, where viewers marveled at the working models of steam engines and dynamos and celebrated the advent of the United States as an internationally important industrial power. Although some critics were offended by the ornate and grandiose symptoms of the "Gilded Age" and by the wild confusion of architectural styles found among the more than 200 buildings, the Centennial Exposition gave a decided boost to the American spirit and signaled the coming of age of a modern nation.

Oblong quarto: viii, 52 p. with 52 tinted lithographic plates. In the original red morocco binding by Ignatius Kohler, with elaborate gilt stamping, four raised bands, ornamental dentelles, and decorative endpapers. Kohler's name is stamped in gilt on the spine heel and what appears to be his pencil signature appears on the title page. Some general rubbing and scuffing along the extremities; else very good.

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Bookseller's Inventory #
74520
Title
CENTENNIAL PORTFOLIO: A Souvenir of the International Exhibition at Philadelphia, Comprising Lithographic Views of Fifty of Its Principal Buildings, with Letter-Press Description
Author
Westcott, Thompson
Format/binding
Hardcover
Book condition
Used - Very good
Quantity-available
1
Edition
First Edition
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Thomas Hunter
Place of Publication
Philadelphia
Date Published
1876
Keywords
Americana, Centennial Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Expositions, Fine Binding, U.S. History

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title page
A page at the front of a book which may contain the title of the book, any subtitles, the authors, contributors, editors, the... [More]
spine
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raised band(s)
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morocco
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First Edition
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gilt
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rubbing
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