PROGRESS OF NATIONS. THE STORY OF THE WORLD AND OF ITS PEOPLES FROM THE DAWN OF HISTORY TO THE PRESENT DAY.
(Chicago: Department of Rehabilitation, Disabled American Veterans of the World War, 1930-31). 229 x 156 mm. (9 x 6 1/8"). 10 volumes. The Unknown Soldier Edition, prepared for "National Patrons of Honor." (This is copy #604, "especially prepared for Mrs. Eli K. Robinson.").
REMARKABLY FINE PUBLISHER'S DELUXE BLACK PEBBLE-GRAIN MOROCCO, ORNATELY GILT, front covers with decorative gilt-rule border enclosing elaborate floral rococo-style frame, the frame around a central medallion featuring a knight's plumed helmet; raised bands, gilt compartments elegantly decorated with volutes and small floral tools, gilt titling, gilt turn-ins with curling floral rolls, sky blue pictorial endpapers, all edges gilt. With more than 2,000 illustrations, including more than 200 maps and charts; 53 images in color. Perhaps a trivial imperfection somewhere, but essentially IN AS-NEW CONDITION, AN AMAZINGLY WELL-PRESERVED SET, virtually as it was delivered to its original owner.
These profusely illustrated volumes give a thorough account of (primarily Western) world history from the ancient civilizations of Greece and Egypt through the end of World War I and were, the title page tells us, "chronicled with the assistance of eminent historians from leading universities and colleges and published in the interests of the Disabled American veterans of the World War and of a patriotic and intelligent Americanism." Our set is part of a limited edition "especially prepared for those who have lent their support to the program of Disabled American Veterans of the World War," signed by the national commander of that organization. It is in as close to original condition as one could ever hope to find. (ST11462a-235)